Of Interest

  • 'Swatting' suspect was linked to many other hoax calls in L.A. and elsewhere before Kansas tragedy

    Date published: 
    January 6, 2018

    "Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland who specializes in privacy and cyberstalking, said the use of swatting as a form of payback gained more traction during the 2014 Gamergate controversy. Hoax phone calls against female members of the gaming industry and journalists were among many forms of harassment that exposed an ugly, misogynistic segment of the online gaming population.

    Those who engage in swatting often feel empowered by the anonymity provided by launching attacks from behind a computer screen, Citron said.

  • Months after Equifax data breach, we're still no closer to privacy protections

    Date published: 
    January 5, 2018

    "Kristen Eichensehr, an assistant professor at UCLA School of Law who specializes in cybersecurity issues, said the Europeans begin any privacy discussion with a presumption that individuals have a right to control their personal information.

    “We don’t have a similar right in this country,” she observed.

    For that reason, Eichensehr said, “it’s hard to imagine much of what Europe is doing being implemented in the U.S.”"

  • How a Quaker’s suit against the Secretary of Defense still impacts cases over government surveillance

    You have reason to believe you’re being monitored by the government, that they are following you and cataloging everywhere you go and everyone you talk to. The knowledge haunts you, and has a chilling effect on everything you do. But can you sue to stop it? In this month’s episode, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles speaks with Jeffrey Vagle about his new book, Being Watched: Legal Challenges to Government Surveillance about the current challenges to government surveillance, and a seminal Supreme Court case in 1972 whose effects are still being felt today.

  • Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager

    Date published: 
    December 30, 2017

    "For Narayanan, most of the blame goes to the websites who choose to run scripts like AdThink, often without realizing how invasive they truly are. “We'd like to see publishers exercise better control over third parties on their sites,” Narayanan says. “These problems arise partly because website operators have been lax in allowing third-party scripts on their sites without understanding the implications.”"

  • Facebook Removes Chechen Strongman’s Accounts, Raising Policy Questions

    Date published: 
    December 28, 2017

    "“This sanctions law, which was written for one purpose,” said Jennifer Stisa Granick, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology project, “is being used to suppress speech with little consideration of the free expression values and the special risks of blocking speech, as opposed to blocking commerce or funds as the sanctions was designed to do. That’s really problematic.”"


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