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It’s back to school on university campuses across North America, and in the Canadian Parliament it will soon too be time to start anew. The Prime Minister of Canada has set October 16th as the start date for the next Parliamentary session, and it promises to be an eventful one for privacy. Among the many issues to keep track of, three stand out as particularly noteworthy: (1) privacy law reform; (2) state surveillance; and (3) the appointment of a new Canadian Privacy Commissioner. I address each of these briefly in turn. Read more » about Exciting Time for Privacy in Canada
According to NPR, 300 plus teenagers broke into former NFL player Brian Holloway’s vacation home, causing massive damage and showcasing their exploits on social media. In response, Holloway created a website,helpmesave300.com, that collects the alleged culprits’ social media posts. He claims this repository has enabled teens to be identified, and that the growing list of names is “being turned over to the sheriffs (sic) department to assist them to verify and identify the facts.” Read more » about What's The Right Balance For Protecting Privacy And Promoting Accountability On The Internet?
Round Two of my debate with Orin Kerr about whether the bulk collection of phone call records is regulated by the Fourth Amendment is now published on the Just Security blog. In this round, I argue that normative considerations, including those associated with bulk data collection, are explicitly part of existing Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. The 1979 case of Smith v. Read more » about Debate (Round 2): Metadata and the Fourth Amendment
A new online platform launches today called Just Security, a forum on law, rights, and U.S. national security. Just Security aims to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to the problems decision-makers face in U.S. national security law and practice. The legal analysis and policy prescriptions proposed by Just Security will provide balanced and broad perspectives currently missing in the national security dialogue. Read more » about Just Security Blog Launch
A recent UK case shows how court orders mandating ISPs to block access to IP numbers hosting allegedly infringing websites can go wrong. Read more » about UK High Court Orders ISPs to Block IP Address, Erroneously Takes Down Hundreds of Sites
I'm delighted to announce We Robot 2014, back at the University of Miami School of Law for its third year after a wonderful event at Stanford Law School last April. Cyberlaw is about more than the Internet. As Chris Anderson put it so well in another context, atoms are the new bits. I hope you will join us for another stimulating discussion of the intersection of law, policy, and robotics. Call for papers below. Be there, or be digital. Read more » about We Robot: Third Annual Robotics & Law Conference
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Big Data and Privacy we co-hosted last week. A collection of proceedings form the conference will be published in the near future. Papers that were submitted in advance of the event are now available here. Read more » about Big Data and Privacy: Thank You
The ongoing claims against the Rojadirecta website for linking to streams of sporting events are novel and quite important in defining the rights and responsibilities of intermediaries that host links to possibly infringing content stored elsewhere. While the U.S. case against Rojadirecta was resolved a few years, ago, litigation continues in Italy. As an Italian scholar who just moved to the Center for Internet and Society to serve as the Intermediary Liability Fellow, I’d like to update readers on the latest Italian episode of the Rojadirecta saga and to locate this new case within the broader Italian legal framework for intermediary liability. Read more » about Alalalai! . . . Rojadirecta is Up for Battle Again in Italy