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A recent Guardian article reminds us that computer crime laws may be applied toward cybersecurity researchers disclosing vulnerabilities in modern technology products, services, and systems. So perhaps it's not the issue 'resurfacing' per se as it is reminding us of the current state of cybersecurity laws in America -- and especially how those laws relate to the perpetual 'debate' over cybersecurity research and disclosure. Read more » about Is the vulnerability disclosure 'debate' resurfacing?
Being in Silicon Valley during the time when the honourable Court of Justice of the European Union "cracks" its epic right to be forgotten ruling, is a very interesting social experience. Suddenly, the European part of you receives a strange lot of attention among tech folks in all the small talks. No wonder. Google Spain C-131/12 for me is both great and terrible.
Once you start looking at which countries are requesting data from US companies, the next obvious (and critical) question is: how do companies respond to those requests? This is largely a matter of company discretion because the Electronic Communications Privacy Act does not apply to requests for user data from foreign governments. Without laws governing this important issue, foreign users are reliant on due diligence and good will by individual companies. Read more » about Are some companies 'yes men' when foreign governments ask for user data?
Over at Just Security, I have a post about the latest iteration of the USA Freedom Act. Basically, civil liberties groups are withdrawing support for the bill because it no longer clearly ends bulk collection of metadata and other information under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the NSL statutes, and the intelligence pen/trap statute as the bill was supposed to do. I explain the language changes that gutted the bill, and lament the state of Congress. Read more here. Read more » about USA Freedom Act: Oh, Well. Whatever. Nevermind.
Over at Just Security, I have a post about Ladar Levinson's legal tribulations connected to DOJ's efforts to get his service's encryption key. Read more » about Lavabit’s Owner Goes Public: His Legal Ordeal Makes For Bad Law
After a great deal of careful work, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today released its final rule for the testing of "autonomous vehicles" on public roads in the state. Accompanying this rule is a Final Statement of Reasons that, on page 9, contains a striking exchange: Read more » about Something Interesting in California's New Automated Vehicle Testing Rule
Yesterday I attended a conference at the Hoover Institution on “Intelligence Challenges.” I also spoke on a panel in the morning about Civil Liberties. A version of my prepared remarks is below. Ben Wittes has an interesting post on the event.
People working on net neutrality wish for a “third way”–a clever compromise giving us both network neutrality and no blowback from AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others. That dream is delusional because the carriers will oppose network neutrality in any real form; they want paid fast lanes. They have expressed particular opposition to “Title II” of the Communications Act—something telecom lawyers mention the same way normal people might reference the First or Second Amendments. Title II is the one essential law to ban paid fast lanes. Read more » about Net Neutrality’s Legal Binary: An Either/Or With No “Third Way”