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TL;DR: A little bit, but not enough.
Yesterday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a massive report about the legally and technologically complicated government surveillance program operating under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act Read more » about Did PCLOB Answer My Eight Questions About Section 702?
For those following or researching the NSA disclosures by Edward Snowden (or privacy issues in general) this interactive chart will be a useful tool both for reference and in educating others about the scope of the surveillance situation at the moment -- such that we know about, obviously. Read more » about NSA Revelations At-A-Glance
Today, the Argentine National Communications Commission (NCC) ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to The Pirate Bay websites in the country within five days. The blocking order complied with an injunction issued by the District Court No. 64 in Buenos Aires in a case initiated by the Argentine Chamber of Phonographic Producers. Read more » about The Argentine National Communications Commission Orders to Block The Pirate Bay
It turns out that searching through the digital contents of a person’s mobile phone is more intrusive than rifling through an address book, wallet, or purse. Correspondingly, police may no longer perform such a search without a warrant. Privacy advocates are hailing the Supreme Court’s decision last Wednesday in Riley v. California as a victory of common sense and rationality over blind adherence to doctrine. But just a few minutes before the Riley decision appeared online, the Court handed down its ruling in ABC v. Aereo, holding that the company’s use of tens of thousands of dime-sized micro-antennas to stream broadcast television over the internet was a form of copyright infringement. The Court’s decision in Aereo has so far seen a far cooler reception than its one in Riley, with some fearing that the majority’s reasoning could potentially chill innovation.
Let’s be honest: Riley and Aereo barely have anything to do with each other. One is a Fourth Amendment case, the other is about copyright infringement. And while there is some crossover in the tech policy world, there aren’t many public defenders who run a side business litigating civil intellectual property disputes, nor are there many IP attorneys who spend their days off arguing the exclusionary rule. The only reason these two cases have so often been cited in parallel is that they were handed down within minutes of each other, and they both relate to technology. That said, what these two cases do illustrate is just how much trouble the Supreme Court, and, by extension the entire legal system, has with new technologies. And what we need to ask is why, doctrinal technicalities aside, so many see Riley as coming out the “right” way while Aereo is viewed as a “bad” result. Read more » about Riley, Aereo, and the "Arthur C. Clarke Rule"
Microsoft's challenge to the US warrant for customer data that is stored in Ireland raises issues that are important for every individual who uses online products and cares about how access to their data is governed. It also has implications for all tech and telco companies that store user data across jurisdictions. This note unpacks some of these issues and calls for a more nuanced debate. Read more » about Whose laws control your data? The implications of the Microsoft search warrant challenge
A few days ago, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued an order requiring Google to remove websites from its worldwide index in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack. Read more » about Canadian Court Forces Google to Delist Websites Worldwide