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New Year's Resolution: Be better at blogging

I've been a CIS non-resident fellow (or now faculty afflilaite) now for a decade, beginning in 2004.  I love being associated with CIS, and many of my closest friends have come from my connections with CIS.  Whereever we've moved--Tuscon, London, Seattle, or New Orleans, CIS has always been a constant.  When I was on the job market in 2006, I felt part of a crowd that year that included David Olsen and David Levine, as well as others connected to Stanford.  CIS is an anchor. Read more » about New Year's Resolution: Be better at blogging

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The MLAT roadmap - visualizing how the process actually works

When I first started working on mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs), they were seen as the less glamorous, hard-working cousin of extradition treaties.  An international fugitive being flown back under armed guard to face justice is a satisfying conclusion to a long-running extradition case.  By contrast, when the mail room delivers a series of boxes stuffed with bank records or electronic files in response to an MLAT request, it’s hardly a Law and Order scene in the making.  With the frenzy of interest in the Microsoft Ireland cas Read more » about The MLAT roadmap - visualizing how the process actually works

Congress quietly expands surveillance (again)

As Congress winds down for the holidays, it delivers yet another lump of coal for the American people.  

Contained in the 2015 Intelligence Authorization Act is a provision quietly inserted by the US Senate (just prior to voting) that authorizes the “acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data from U.S. citizens without a court order and then transferred to law enforcement for criminal investigations. Read more » about Congress quietly expands surveillance (again)

France: DailyMotion Pays Damages for Late Removal of Infringing Materials

Recently, the Paris Court of Appeals handed down a decision awarding €1.3M in damages to the French commercial TV broadcaster TF1 against DailyMotion, which failed its duty of promptly removing infringing materials from its platform. However, the Court stated that DailyMotion enjoys limitation of liability as a hosting provider and is not required to proactively monitor users' infringing activities.
 

EU Data Protection Authority Adopts Guidelines on the Implementation of the Right to be Forgotten

On November 26, 2014, the European data protection authorities (DPAs) assembled in the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted guidelines on the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the right to be forgotten. These guidelines contain the common interpretation of the ECJ’s ruling. They also include the common criteria to be used by the national DPAs when addressing complaints. Read more » about EU Data Protection Authority Adopts Guidelines on the Implementation of the Right to be Forgotten

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