New Jersey Passes Social Media Privacy Law

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, by Stella Kreilkamp In late August, New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed a social media privacy law, which goes into effect December 1, 2013.  New Jersey is the twelfth state to do so, along with Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Washington.  Social media privacy

The Troll Under the Bridge:The Growth of Destructive Patent Practices

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, by Matthew Henry Article One, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states that Congress has the power “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” The number of patents awarded in

Freedom of (Some) Information: Judicial Watch v. U.S. Secret Service and the Balance between Open Information and Confidentiality

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, by Ikee Gardner The U.S. Secret Service – responsible for protecting the safety of the President, Vice President, their families, and various other distinguished visitors to the United States – is usually the subject of news stories concerning its noteworthy investigative operations.  Offering thorough security and protection to prominent politicians and

Facebook Sponsored Stories Settlement: The Cost of Doing Business

Thursday, September 12, 2013, by David Fitzgerald US District Judge Richard Seeborg approved a settlement last week between Facebook and 614,000 members of a class action suit originally filed in 2011. The crux of the lawsuit stemmed from Facebook’s alleged misuse of its users’ personal information—including “names, photographs, likenesses, and identities”— without consent in generating

Aereo: Coming Soon to a City Near You…Or Is It?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, by Natalie Deyenka This past April 2013, things were looking pretty good for Aereo, a company that offers streaming from major broadcast channels on a number of compatible devices such as iPhones, iPads, or televisions using a system of individual antennas.  Not too thrilled at the prospect of having their content

Are Digital License Plates the Future?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, by Kyle Evans Governor Brown’s signature is all that’s needed to make an alternative license plate pilot program a reality in California.  The pilot program would implement digital license plates on a limited basis to evaluate whether the state will adopt the electronic plates on a large scale.  The program would

FISA Transparency: Microsoft & Google Fight to Disclose Surveillance Data to Users

Thursday, September 5, 2013, by Brittany Croom As transparency initiatives continue to infiltrate the nation following recent revelations of surveillance by US intelligence, some tech companies are already taking a stand.  Only a few days after social media giant, Facebook, revealed the US government has already made information requests for 20,000 users under the Foreign