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Does the NSA minimize Americans metadata?

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?

Everyone Knows Privacy Is About Power. Now What?

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?

USA v. Microsoft: what the decision does and doesn't mean

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

Australian Government's Leaked Proposal to Force ISPs to Monitor Copyright Infringement

A discussion paper from the Australian Government titled "Online Copyright Infringement" leaked a few days ago. The paper included proposals to amend Australian copyright law and force ISPs to monitor copyright infringment. Under the proposal, ISPs may be requested to help to prevent Australians from infringing copyright by blocking peer-to-peer traffic, slowing down internet connections, passing on warnings from industry groups, and handing over subscriber details to copyright owners.
 

British Columbia Court of Appeal Refuses to Stay Enforcement in Equustek Solutions v. Google

As reported here, on June 13, 2014, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordered Google to block a website worldwide in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack. Later, Google applied for leave to appeal the decision and for an order staying the enforcement of the order. Read more » about British Columbia Court of Appeal Refuses to Stay Enforcement in Equustek Solutions v. Google

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