Privacy

Today, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act, a statute which would require law enforcement to get a warrant before using technology to track individuals’ physical...

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Yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a data security and privacy bill similar to those he has introduced in the previous three Congresses.  The bill contains provisions that would require businesses to implement data privacy...

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently announced its first Gold Star recipients in its Who Has Your Back promotion for companies who have been fighting for their users’ privacy in court.  Yahoo! received one for its...

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Yesterday, Judge Kaplan of the Southern District of New York dismissed the complaint in Hubbard v. Myspace.  Hubbard is the latest case to reject the claim that a social network violated the Stored Communications Act...

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Cybersecurity is on the Mind

June 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

In the wake of President Obama’s release of legislative proposals to enhance cybersecurity, there have been a number of developments addressing the use of proactive cyber “weapons” or defensive counter-measures.  While the President’s proposal addressed...

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On Friday, the recently proposed and highly contested California Social Networking Privacy Act (SB 242) stalled in the state Senate with a 16-16 vote, which is five votes short of the majority needed to pass. ...

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An amended version of the Social Networking Privacy Act (SB 242) dropped in the California legislature last week, and the bill seeks to wrest control over how social network users’ default privacy settings are configured,...

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ECPA Reform Closer to Reality

May 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

As I have testified before Congress on multiple occasions, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is in need of  reform to bring the privacy protections for both transactional and stored communications in to the modern age. ...

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The Northern District of California issued its order on Facebook’s motion to dismiss in In re Facebook Privacy Litigation, No. C 10-02389 JW (N.D. Cal. May 12, 2011) yesterday.  The court dismissed all of Plaintiffs’...

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On Monday, May 9, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced the “Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011, which would give individuals the ability to opt-out of having their online activities tracked by “providers of online services,” including...

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