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WhatsApp in Brazil?

A few days ago, a Brazilian judge ordered telecoms to block access to WhatsApp on the Brazilian territory for lack of cooperation in a criminal investigation. A few hours later, a superior tribunal invalidated the initial blocking order and reinstated access to Whatsapp. Since the contours of this latest Brazilian Whatsapp affair appeared quite blurry, you may find a full report of the case below.
 

CIS Joins ACLU and ACLU of Northern California in FOIA Request to Justice Department Seeking Info on Phone Unlocking Orders

In October, we covered a significant case in Brooklyn federal court that tackles the hot-button issue of whether tech companies should be compelled to provide law enforcement with the ability to access information that’s protected by encryption. Read more » about CIS Joins ACLU and ACLU of Northern California in FOIA Request to Justice Department Seeking Info on Phone Unlocking Orders

BMG v. Cox: The High Cost of Losing Safe Harbor

               On December 1, a federal court in Virginia entered partial summary judgment for music publisher BMG in BMG Rights Management v. Cox Communications, a closely watched case on the applicability of the DMCA safe harbors to a broadband Internet access provider. BMG sued Cox for contributory and vicarious infringement based on Cox users’ peer-to-peer file sharing activity. Read more » about BMG v. Cox: The High Cost of Losing Safe Harbor

Google is moving to Moscow!

Google is moving to Moscow! Not really. But Mr. Sergey Brin, the founder of Google, was born in Moscow. How does Russia ensure that Sergey 2.0 will stay in Moscow - and not flee to Mountain View? You should care. Russia's economy is over leveraged in the energy market. When oil prices drop, the Kremlin will be all the more desperate to do unwise deals for arms, among other things, to fill its coffers at the risk of longer term Russian -- and American -- stability. To keep Sergey 2.0, the Kremlin should take the following steps. Read more » about Google is moving to Moscow!

Series Conclusion and Summary: Intermediaries and Free Expression Under the GDPR, in Brief

Europe’s pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) threatens free expression and access to information on the Internet.  The threat comes from erasure requirements that work in ways the drafters may not have intended -- and that are not necessary to achieve the Regulation’s data protection purposes.  Read more » about Series Conclusion and Summary: Intermediaries and Free Expression Under the GDPR, in Brief

The Little Girl with the Big Voice

The Little Girl with the Big Voice examines the struggles of women and children in the early 1930's and 40's through the eyes of Mary Small, a child prodigy, restless wife and dedicated mother whose resilience in the face of constant challenges made her a defining symbol of her generation. Although she was undoubtedly one of the most recognizable stars of the Golden Age, she disappeared an unknown, became a ward of the court and her possessions were discarded in the city dump. She never received so much as an obituary.

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