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Sharon Sandeen at Hamline Law and I have authored the attached letter dated August 26, 2014 and signed by 31 United States legal academics to the Congressional sponsors of the "Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014" ("DTSA") and the "Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014" ("TSPA") (collectively, "the Acts.") Read more » about Professors’ Letter in Opposition to the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014” (S. 2267) and the “Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014” (H.R. 5233)
Today’s reporting by the Intercept calls into question whether the NSA minimizes so-called metadata relating to Americans’ digital communications and telephone calls. This is one of the questions I implored the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to get to the bottom of. It is a question that PCLOB Chairman David Medine thought the Board had a definitive—affirmative--answer to. But today’s story shows doubt still plagues our understanding of how the NSA’s information collection affects American privacy. Read more » about Does the NSA minimize Americans metadata?
In a recent op-ed, author Evgeny Morozov claims that we tend to think of privacy in terms of control over personal information rather than power or influence. “The privacy debate, incapacitated by misplaced pragmatism, defines privacy as individual control over information flows,” writes Morozov. Instead we should be thinking of how and why powerful institutions use data to nudge us toward their own economic and political ends. Read more » about Everyone Knows Privacy Is About Power. Now What?
The decision in the Microsoft case has the potential to have significant effects on the way that foreign users' data is handled in the US. However, this is no time to become hysterical about what this does or does not mean for user rights. This quick note unpacks some of the assertions that are being made about the implications of the case. Read more » about USA v. Microsoft: what the decision does and doesn't mean
The European Union Committee of the UK Parliament released a report on the implications of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) recent Google Spain decision: "EU Data Protection Law: a 'Right to be Forgotten'?". Read more » about UK Parliament's Committee Labelled the "Right to be Forgotten" as Misguided and Unworkable
Singapore Parliament just passed an anti-piracy amendment to its Copyright Act, which aims to block “flagrantly infringing online location” such as The Pirate Bay and KickAssTorrent. Read more » about Singapore’s Amended Anti-Piracy Copyright Act Enables Streamlined Site-Blocking