Of Interest

  • Open Forum: The Trust Paradox: The Future of Privacy and Transparency in the Digital Economy

    March 28, 2019
    Redwood City

    Revelations of intentional and unintentional use and misuse of consumers’ personal data in 2018 have left people feeling vulnerable and even angry. Debates continue to drive headlines and are gaining in volume and intensity in private companies, legislative halls, regulatory agencies, the media, and homes all over the world about the best way to manage trust and privacy in the digital economy. But there is a paradox between what consumers and their advocates say they want and what we actually do: consumer social media and Internet use remains largely unchanged.

  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Public Forum (Past Event)

    March 5, 2019
    Room 290 - Stanford Law School

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will hold six public forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The forums will provide an initial opportunity for the public to participate in the CCPA rulemaking process. As part of the rulemaking process, the Department of Justice invites all members of the public to speak at these events.

  • Electronic Contracts and the Illusion of Consent

    Q: What do you do when you see a little button on a webpage or app screen that says I agree?

    A: Click the button.

    The familiar and incredibly simple click-to-agree mechanism is ubiquitous. We encounter it throughout our digital lives. It is nothing less than the “legal backbone” of the internet, app stores, e-commerce and so much more.

    Yet electronic contracting and the illusion of consent-by-clicking are a sham.

  • You've Been Sued In The E.U. For Copying A "Short Extract"!

    You are CEO of Google. When you wake up tomorrow morning, your general counsel calls you: "we've been sued in the E.U. for copyright infringement! The claim: our search results for Le Parisien and dozens of other newspapers used more than one word and/or beyond a 'short extract.'" Your response: "is this April Fools’ day?"

  • How far should organizations be able to go to defend against cyberattacks?

    Author(s): 
    Scott Shackelford
    Publication Date: 
    February 15, 2019
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The deluge of cyberattacks sweeping across the world has governments and companies thinking about new ways to protect their digital systems, and the corporate and state secrets stored within. For a long time, cybersecurity experts have erected firewalls to keep out unwanted traffic and set up decoy targets on their networks to distract hackers who do get in.

  • FBI is dismantling its war crimes unit

    Date published: 
    February 15, 2019

    "“These are difficult cases to prove because they need rock-solid investigations,” said Beth Van Schaack, a law professor at Stanford University who was deputy ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues in the Obama administration. Scrapping the FBI unit “is inevitably going to jeopardize prosecutions,” she said."

  • Order Denying Motions to Unseal

    Publication Date: 
    February 11, 2019
    Publication Type: 
    Litigation Brief

    Order denying motions by Riana Pfefferkorn and others to unseal the docket and court's legal reasoning in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 

  • Submission to PJCIS Regarding Assistance and Access Act

    Author(s): 
    Riana Pfefferkorn
    Publication Date: 
    February 14, 2019
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Submission to Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) regarding its review of the Assistance and Access Act that had passed into law in early December 2018.

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