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  • Microsoft Wins Landmark Email Privacy Case

    Date published: 
    July 18, 2016

    "Omer Tene, VP of research and education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), welcomed the ruling as a “resounding affirmation of the endurance of privacy in an age marked by constant data transfers in the cloud, Internet of Things and big data applications.”

    “The Court held that even in the cloud, data physically resides on servers in a specific geography, and that government cannot compel a service provider to reach over national borders to deliver data at the expense of customer privacy,” he added."

  • Does Snapchat’s Lenses feature violate Illinois’ biometrics law?

    Date published: 
    July 17, 2016

    "“In this particular case, it's not clear that Snapchat even used face recognition technology in a way that would implicate BIPA,” Yana Welinder, a lawyer and legal fellow with Stanford University, e-mailed. “It's possible that they are simply using face detection technology. If so, that would be similar to what many digital cameras do to identify a face in an image to focus the lens on the face.”"

  • Internet's creator urges net neutrality

    Date published: 
    July 16, 2016

    "Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has written an open letter calling for European citizens to "save the open internet" by joining a public consultation on net neutrality.

    EU regulators are currently working on guidelines surrounding net neutrality - which is the principle that all internet traffic is equal - having voted on new legislation last year.

  • Hyperloop founder, accused of nepotism, to cede voting power

    Date published: 
    July 16, 2016

    "Currently, the clause says the company can pay either the fair market value at the time of repurchase or the price paid by the employee, whichever is lower. At the recent meetings, in response to a question from an employee, general counsel Marvin Ammori said the board plans to authorise changes to that provision, according to people familiar with the matter."

  • Telcos 5G manifesto countered by call to online action

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "So it’s hardly surprising that the actual  inventor of the World Wide Web (hint, not a telco), Tim Berners-Lee, has chosen this moment to voice fierce opposition to any watering down of the European neutrality rules. He and two US public interest luminaries, Professor Lawrence Lessig and Professor Barbara van Schewick, have written a stiff letter addressed to ‘European citizens, lawmakers and regulators’.

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee pushes for the closure of EU net neutrality loopholes

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "Issuing a letter, Berners-Lee hopes to ensure that EU regulation voted upon in October are enacted in full to close loopholes in the law, asking for the public to get involved.

    Alongside Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig and Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick, Berners-Lee said: “Network neutrality for hundreds of millions of Europeans is within our grasp," the letter reads.

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls on Europeans to help 'save the open internet'

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "However, Sir Tim, along with law professors Barbara van Schewick and Larry Lessig, has urged the public to engage in the consultation, which runs until July 18, in order to pressure regulators into closing what they call “potential loopholes” that could threaten net neutrality.

    “Network neutrality for hundreds of millions of Europeans is within our grasp,” the letter says.

  • T-Mobile, Pokémon GO, and Another Test for Net Neutrality

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "Net neutrality advocates warn that a world in which only the largest and most powerful companies can afford to secure preferential treatment from ISPs will stifle innovation. Unchecked, such a development would eventually limit consumer choice. In a January 2016 paper (PDF) critical of Binge On, Stanford Law School professor Barbara van Schewick distilled the primary issue:

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee makes a last-minute plea to save net neutrality in Europe

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web, is calling on regulators in Europe to protect net neutrality and "save the open internet." In a letter released this week, Berners-Lee, Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick, and Harvard law professor Larry Lessig urged European regulators to implement guidelines that would close 

  • Tesla Won’t Be Able to Put Crash Defense on Autopilot

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "“Any argument will try to establish that Tesla acted in an unreasonable way that was a cause of the crash," said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who researches automation and connectivity. “It doesn’t even need to be the biggest cause, but just a cause.""

  • US court rules in favour of Microsoft, gov't can't force access to email on Irish server

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "“The ruling is a striking victory for privacy over the threat of government access and overreach,” Omer Tene, vice president of research and education at at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), told SC via email. “It recognises that national borders exist even in cyber-space and the cloud. It places an emphasis on the location of data and servers in deciding which legal regime applies.” 

  • Pokémon Go is a reminder that many apps snoop

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "Apps are notorious for both collecting and sharing data, often in ways that have nothing to do with the functionality of the app, said Omer Tene, vice president of research and education for the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a trade group.

    There are legitimate reasons for apps to want users' data but many go far beyond that. Users need to pay attention and actively manage what they allow apps to collect and pass on about them.

  • Maschine entmündigt Mensch

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "Wer ein solches Verhalten für unmoralisch hält, obwohl das Leben der Nächsten gerettet wird, ist schon mitten in der Diskussion, die in den USA und in Europa eifrig geführt wird. Ron Arkin arbeitet für das Pentagon. Er entwickelt autonome Kampfroboter, die zum Äußersten bereit sind, aber zugleich Kollateralschäden vermeiden. Mit ihm und mit anderen wie Peter Asaro und Luís Moniz Pereira habe ich mich im März 2016 im Rahmen eines Symposiums zur Maschinenethik an der Stanford University getroffen.

  • With 4 Days Left, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Lessig, And Barbara Van Schewick Beg Europe To Close Net Neutrality Loopholes

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "Europe only has a few days left to ensure that its member countries are actually protected by realnet neutrality rules. As we've been discussing, back in October the European Union passed net neutrality rules, but they were so packed with loopholes to not only be useful, but actively harmful in that they effectively legalize net neutrality violations by large telecom operators.

  • Berners-Lee: EU Should Ban Zero Rating

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee has joined with others on an open letter to European regulators and lawmakers warning them they have four days to save the open Internet in Europe, including by banning zero rating plans.

    Berners-Lee was weighing in before the end of the public comment period (July 18) on guidelines on implementing and applying EU net neutrality law, which the European Parliament adopted last fall, pointing to what he and others saw as loopholes that it was crucial to close.

  • Berners-Lee Urges Citizens to Comment: "Four Days to Save the Open Internet in Europe"

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "In an open letter released today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Barbara van Schewick, and Professor Larry Lessig are urging citizens, lawmakers and regulators, to speak up. "Four days to save the open Internet in Europe." — Web Foundation / 14 Jul 2016: "We are so close. In October, the European Parliament voted on network neutrality rules for the European Union. Now regulators are writing guidelines to determine how the law will be applied in practice.

  • Tesla's Autopilot Driving Mode Is A Legal Nightmare

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "The problem may be that the term autopilot may be just enough to lull drivers into the false sense that the car doesn’t need any user input, and can just simply drive itself. Ryan Calo, assistant professor of law at the University of Washington, said if drivers are deemed to be aware of the risk, it may let Tesla off the hook. “Because we’re talking about physical safety,” Calo said, “courts and regulators will likely hold Tesla to a higher standard.”

  • The Inventor of the Web Wants Europeans To Rescue Net Neutrality

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web, has pleaded with EU regulators to sew up the loopholes in the bloc’s new net neutrality rules, which aim to maintain a level playing field on the Internet.

    Berners-Lee, along with activist academics Lawrence Lessig and Barbara van Schewick, published an open letter to citizens, lawmakers and regulators, declaring there were “four days to save the open Internet in Europe.”

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