Suspicionless Search of Electronic Devices at U.S. Borders – Is Your Information Safe in the Constitution Free Zone?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, by Kenneth Jennings The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims that their now exists a “constitution free zone,” wrapping the contours of the United States.  Within this zone, the ACLU suggests, well-established constitutional guarantees of free speech, and protections against unreasonable search and seizure no longer apply.  The basis of this

Challenges at All Levels for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

Saturday, February 23, 2013, by Samantha Surles The 9/11 Commission pushed the idea of a nationwide interoperable public safety network after several communication failures between first responders during the attacks. A decade later, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet is tasked with planning, building,

D.C. Circuit Reviews EPA’s 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard Rule

Thursday, February 21, 2013, by Drew Hargrove EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Program (“RFS”) regulates the amount of renewable fuel contained in transportation fuel sold in the United States.  The Clean Air Act  (“Act”) requires EPA to set renewable fuel standards (“applicable volumes”) each year for specific classes of renewable fuels for the following calendar year. 

EPA’s Final Amendments to NESHAP RICE RULES Address System Reliability Concerns

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, by Katherine Street The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sought to reduce the generation of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) in 2010 by publishing “national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for existing stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE).” The main targets of the new regulations were RICE units that were operated

Lawmakers Contemplate Violent Video Game Laws in Wake of School Shootings

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by Michael Frongello In June 2011, the Supreme Court struck down, on First Amendment grounds, a California law that banned the sale of violent video games to children.  This scrutiny of video games has reemerged in the wake of the recent school shootings, including the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Cyber Security in 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013 by Cara Richards Since the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was blocked from coming to a vote last year, Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, sent a questionnaire to all of the CEO’s of the Fortune 500, looking to gauge opinions and responses toward cyber security law.

250,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked Via Vulnerability In Java 7 Update 10 Last Week

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Tasneem Dharamsi Early Friday evening, Twitter announced on its blog that the company had “detected unusual access patterns” that indicated that “unauthorized . . . attempts” were made to access as many as 250,000 Twitter accounts.  Basically, nearly a quarter of a million Twitter accounts were hacked into.  In what