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The Literal and Figurative Costs of Rapid DNA

In August, President Donald Trump, signed into law the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, with support of the National Association of Police Organizations and the National Fraternal Order of Police. Prior to the enactment, when law enforcement agencies would send DNA samples to government agencies for testing, it could take weeks or longer for DNA

Only Talk to Humans Again: FCC Proposal to End Robocall Scams

For most people, the perks of caller ID and voicemail has allowed them to not answer phone calls that we do not know or prefer to avoid. This practice has definitely reduced the effectiveness of solicitations and especially robocalls to some degree, but they are not gone. Last year alone, every US household received around

FBI Doesn’t Have to Release Its Rules for Secretly Collecting Information About Journalists

A district court judge in the Northern District of California recently sided with the Department of Justice in a case against the Freedom of the Press Foundation, who sued the DOJ over its refusal to disclose FBI procedures for issuing national security letters (NSLs). In short, NSLs are used to secretly collect information about people.

Forced Decryption and the Fifth Amendment

While the general population infamously understands very little about the Constitution or court system, most everyone has an understanding of the Fifth Amendment’s the right to remain silent. The protection against self-incrimination can cover a variety of activities other than direct speech, and in U.S. v. Apple MacPro Computer, decided on March 20, 2017, the

Augmented Reality: Nostalgic Escape, or Legal Nightmare?

In late July Pokémon Go, an app for smartphones, launched and instantly made headlines. For years, Niantic worked to create the first “real world gaming” platform, and created the app for a worldwide market. The game immediately gathered a huge following, with millions of people roaming parks, neighborhoods, and busy cities to catch virtual monsters.

Can a Monkey Do This Job? Maybe Not, but Artificial Intelligence Can

Discovery methods continue to evolve. Twenty to thirty years ago, lawyers, usually young and expensive associates, manually sifted through hundreds of pages of documents. Today, with advances in technology, the discovery process for a similar sort of case might require review of thousands or tens of thousands of pages of documents instead of only hundreds.

Do Cheaters Ever Win? Blizzard Faces Off Against Cheat-Boss Bossland

As long as there have been games, there have been cheaters, and video games are no exception. However, when online anonymity was introduced to competitive gaming, cheating exploded. Although EULA’s and ToS’s prohibit player cheating, competitive online gaming is plagued with hacks (which make the game easier to win) and bots (which play the game

Apple Wins, Consumers Lose: Nebraska Postpones the Fair Repair Act

Nebraska has joined seven other states (Wyoming, Kansas, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, and Illinois) in a legal battle against Apple and other big tech companies for consumers’ rights. On March 9th, 2017, the state’s legislators met to consider a bill that would set out a consumer’s “right to repair” for electronic devices such as