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  • Why won't Facebook give UK police user passwords? It's complicated

    Date published: 
    September 5, 2018

    "And it is this that so frustrates law enforcement officials. "If the UK has complaints, it is with the US Department of Justice for failing to adequately staff and promptly process the requests," says Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at the Stanford Law School. In short: it isn't completely the fault of tech companies – Apple's encryption fight with the FBI in 2016 showed they are willing in some cases to stand up for the privacy rights of users."

  • Google is a no-show at DC tech hearings, stoking anger in Congress

    Date published: 
    September 5, 2018

    ""I think they both risk becoming a punching bag by Congress and losing control of the narrative," said Jen King, director of Consumer Privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. "If Larry Page or whomever doesn't show up to defend Google as not being evil, they cede ground to their detractors.""

  • Please stop sending sensitive messages via Slack

    Date published: 
    September 4, 2018

    "“It just shows how much education users need to do when they switch around between half a dozen apps, trying to figure out how each one works,” says Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “It would be great if we had a default encryption that any service would use so you wouldn’t have to be such a detective on your own behalf.”"

  • What Would You Ask Brett Kavanaugh?

    Date published: 
    September 4, 2018

    "Elizabeth Joh, University of California, Davis:

    What are the circumstances in which a Supreme Court precedent should be overturned?

    How necessary is the exclusionary rule to protect Fourth Amendment rights?

    How would you describe the judicial approach the Court has used to interpret the Eleventh Amendment in favor of state sovereign immunity and against recognizing protecting rights in various circumstances?

  • At Facebook and Twitter hearings, Congress needs to bring its A-game

    Date published: 
    August 31, 2018

    ""A lot of it has to do with public faith," said Jen King, director of Consumer Privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. "Who can people hold accountable for protecting them? Who's going to get [tech leaders] in trouble if they get something wrong?""

  • California's net neutrality bill is one signature away from taking effect

    Date published: 
    August 31, 2018

    "Stanford Center for Internet and Society director Barbara van Schewick said in a statement that "SB 822 sets the standard for other states to follow. SB 822 is the only state-level bill that truly restores all the 2015 net neutrality protections. That's what makes it so special. Most state-level bills have just copied the text of the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules, leaving out critical protections.

  • Two years later and it still sucks: Privacy Shield progress panned

    Date published: 
    August 31, 2018

    "Omer Tene, veep of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a member of Privacy Shield's arbitration panel, noted that the complaints procedure has a clear escalation process.

    "To the best of my knowledge, there hasn't been a single such case [referred from the European DPAs to the FTC], so before pointing fingers at the FTC for lack of enforcement, it's worth asking whether there have been any complaints," he said."

  • The summer of hate speech

    Date published: 
    August 30, 2018

    "“Users are calling on online platforms to provide a moral code,” says Daphne Keller, director of the intermediary liability project at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. “But we’ll never agree on what should come down. Whatever the rules, they’ll fail.” Humans and technical filters alike, according to Keller, will continue to make “grievous errors.”"

  • The Trouble with Farming Out DMCA Takedown Notices to Bots

    Date published: 
    August 30, 2018

    "The Recorder affiliate Legaltech News recently caught up with one of the forefront experts in both DMCA and automated notice sending, Annemarie Bridy, a University of Idaho College of Law professor who also works with Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. LTN picked her brain about out of control bots, DMCA takedowns’ potential threat to freedom of speech and more. The conversation has been condensed for clarity.

  • 'Slaughterbots': U.S., Russia lead fight to block 'killer robots' ban

    Date published: 
    August 29, 2018

    "“Momentum is starting to build rapidly for states to start negotiating a new ban treaty and determine what is necessary to retain human control over weapons systems and the use of force,” said Peter Asaro, vice chair of the International Committee for Robots Arms Control, which is a member of the campaign’s steering committee. “Requests for more time to further explore this challenge may seem valid but increasingly sound like excuses aimed at delaying the inevitable regulation that’s coming.”"

  • Trump complains about bias on Twitter and Google — but what can he do about it? 8 experts weigh in.

    Date published: 
    August 28, 2018

    "We don’t have nearly enough information to see the big picture and know what speech platforms are taking down. For the most part, we only find out when the speakers themselves learn that their posts or accounts have disappeared and choose to call public attention to it. But the idea that platforms’ rules are biased — and that this undermines democracy — isn’t new, and it isn’t unique to conservatives.

  • Trump plays to the base with attack on ‘rigged’ Google searches

    Date published: 
    August 28, 2018

    "Any effort to regulate social media companies and search engines would run up against a bevy of constitutional free speech questions. Legally, Trump doesn’t have any authority to change how Google displays search results, said Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

    “By dictating what a private company does with search results, it legally would be like dictating what The Chronicle does with news reporting,” Keller said. “It would be a First Amendment violation.”"

  • Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers

    Date published: 
    August 28, 2018

    "Oath is testing the boundaries of what users may be comfortable sharing. Unlike with web-browsing habits and search histories, many users expect a greater degree of privacy when it comes to personal-communication tools such as email, said Lauren Gelman, an online-privacy lawyer and former executive director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society."

  • FBI surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, U.S. senator says

    Date published: 
    August 24, 2018

    "Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer science professor who served as a technologist at the Federal Communications Commission, said the issue deserves close scrutiny.

    “Anything that significantly interferes with 911 is a problem," Mayer said. "And anything that could significantly interfere with 911 deserves a close look.”"

  • NSA leader to hackers: Cybersecurity’s a team sport

    Date published: 
    August 24, 2018

    "His omissions underscore two of the agency’s biggest current problems, says Richard Forno, director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

    “The NSA has been fairly consistent in how they deal with the cyberthreat,” he says. “They know how to engage with industry, with the public, and cyber is a huge part of their success. They’re better than other government agencies.”

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