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"Tool Without a Handle: 21st Century Privacy – A Quantum Puzzle

Recent reflection has prompted me to ask if quantum mechanics might help illuminate a path towards better dialogue about the Internet and data privacy in particular. Are network technologies tools? Or landscapes? Is the Internet a tool you use or a place you go? Perhaps the networked technologies exhibit properties of both, depending on the beliefs and perspective of the observer.

I consider this question in the instance of defining "personal data," and conclude personal data exhibits quantum properties in the following ways:
1) It can be in more than two places at once, or at least appear to be. The same data element can be both “private” (treated as confidential) and “public” at the same time.
2) The trajectory of data is not always subject to the same mechanical laws of physics that allow for relatively simple predictions of motion;
3) Data are “entangled”: one data element can be influenced by another unrelated and seemingly disconnected data element, even at a distance Read more » about "Tool Without a Handle: 21st Century Privacy – A Quantum Puzzle

A Right To Be Forgotten for Hosting Services?

European courts are beginning to sort through one of the most important follow-up questions to last spring’s “Right To Be Forgotten” ruling in Google v. Costeja: what does the case mean for hosting services? The answer matters for the Twitters, Facebooks and YouTubes of the world – not to mention European hosting services like DailyMotion, local political discussion forums, and blogs or newspapers with user comment sections. Read more » about A Right To Be Forgotten for Hosting Services?

Targeting Safe Harbors to Solve the Music Industry’s YouTube Problem

Last week, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its 2015 Digital Music Report—an annual state of the industry update for digital recorded music. Included in the report, along with year-over-year information about industry initiatives, revenue sources, and consumer preferences, is a policy agenda that highlights where the IFPI will be concentrating its lobbying efforts. Read more » about Targeting Safe Harbors to Solve the Music Industry’s YouTube Problem

Technologists oppose CISA/information sharing bills

Today we sent a letter to lawmakers expressing security experts' opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) as well as two other pending bills that purport to be about security information sharing, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA), and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015. These experts agree that the information sharing bills unnecessarily waive privacy rights because they focus on sharing information beyond that needed for cybersecurity. Read more » about Technologists oppose CISA/information sharing bills

Daphne Keller to Direct Intermediary Liability Project at Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of Daphne Keller as Director of Intermediary Liability at The Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Starting in September 2015, Keller will lead the Center’s work at the intersection of online technologies, liability and corporate responsibility, and civil liberties, with a particular focus on global liability regimes that impact free expression and innovation. 
 

Turkey Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube over Images of Public Prosecutor Held Hostage

Today, a court in Istanbul ordered the ban of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube over the publication of the picture of a public prosecutor held hostage by extreme-Left militants. The blocking order on Twitter and Facebook was lifted after the social media sites complied with the request of removal. The ban of YouTube is still in place. Read more » about Turkey Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube over Images of Public Prosecutor Held Hostage

Right to be Forgotten Must be Balanced with Freedom of the Press, Italian Privacy Authority Says

On March 31, 2015, the Italian Privacy Authority ("Authority") issued a decision stating that users cannot obtain the delisting of search results of recent news with a relevant public interest. However, search engines must delete or edit automatically generated snippets accompanying the search results if they are misleading.  Read more » about Right to be Forgotten Must be Balanced with Freedom of the Press, Italian Privacy Authority Says

(C) More Entertainment for Broadcasters: The European Court of Justice on Linking to Live Streams of Sport Events

A few days ago, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided C More Entertainment AB v Linus Sandberg. This is the last episode of the linking saga, previously discussed by the ECJ in Svensson and Bestwater. This time, the ECJ had to decide whether linking to live internet streams of sport events infringed on the exclusive related rights of broadcasting organizations. The ECJ concluded that national legislation may extend the exclusive right of the broadcasting organisations to acts of communication to the public encompassing broadcasts of sporting fixtures made live on internet. Read more » about (C) More Entertainment for Broadcasters: The European Court of Justice on Linking to Live Streams of Sport Events

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