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  • Former U.S. Diplomat Convicted Of Threatening Arab American Group

    Date published: 
    May 10, 2019

    "That question is at the heart of hundreds of cases across the country and is likely to become more pressing as bias-motivated incidents rise in tandem with the country's political polarization, said Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and a leading scholar of hate crimes online. Her research shows that women and people from marginalized groups — racial and religious minorities — are the most frequently targeted for online harassment.

  • Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users

    Date published: 
    May 8, 2019

    "Jen King, the director of privacy for the Center for Internet and Society, says she believes that most people tend to find privacy settings very confusing. Facebook, which regularly revamps its privacy settings and takes users through an extremely detailed set of options, comes to mind most often. But Google is not immune to this either.

  • Google Assistant is 10x faster and knows where your mom lives

    Date published: 
    May 7, 2019

    ""I don't know how well people actually understand," said Jen King, director of consumer privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. She adds that the company should give people more options to opt out of data collection, instead of lumping things together."

  • Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

    Date published: 
    May 6, 2019

    "The complicating factor for the President in this case is that, well, he is the President. Not only that, but he uses his account to conduct government business. Because the government is the only body that can violate the First Amendment, that puts Trump's Twitter habits on tricky legal footing, says Danielle Citron, professor of law at the University of Maryland and author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. "He’s the President. Whenever the government creates zones of public discourse, they have very special obligations under the First Amendment," Citron says."

  • The splintering internet means trouble for Facebook, Twitter, and Google

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2019

    "“It’s really important to understand how much Europe is in the driver’s seat,” says Daphne Keller, director of Intermediary Liability at the Center for Internet and Society, as well as former associate general counsel at Google. “It kind of doesn’t matter what U.S. law says for a lot of things. Europe is extracting agreements by companies — they're going to enforce those agreements publicly.”"

  • Privacy Penalties Will Keep Setting Records, FTC Chair Hints

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2019

    ""So far, we haven't gotten really close to the maximums [of the agency's statutory fining authority], but one of the things we're looking at seriously is emphasizing larger civil penalties," Simons said during an interview with Omer Tene, the International Association of Privacy Professionals' Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer, during the IAPP's Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C."

  • Who protects you from making a bad purchase… on your smart speaker?

    Date published: 
    April 29, 2019

    "Law professor Ryan Calo studies digital market manipulation at the University of Washington, and he looks back to the 1970s when the Federal Trade Commission created new rules to deal with door-to-door sales.

    “The idea was a kind of 1950s notion that women were at home, you know, tending to the house in their curlers,” Calo said. “And all of a sudden, some sweet-talking salesperson would come to the door and sell them a bunch of encyclopedias.”

  • Thinking of Going Off the Grid After Winning the Lottery? Not So Fast

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2019

    "“It is very hard to participate in civil life and be anonymous,” Albert Gidari, the privacy director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, said on Wednesday. “You can’t buy a car in cash and avoid disclosing who you are because now car dealers are financial institutions,” Mr. Gidari said, adding that it was nearly impossible to transfer money in and out of the United States without disclosing who you are to the government.

  • Coming to store shelves: Cameras that guess your age, gender and mood

    Date published: 
    April 23, 2019

    'For instance, if many people are eyeing a not-so-healthy dessert but not buying it, a store could place it at the checkout line so you see it again and "maybe your willpower breaks down," said Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law and co-director of its Tech Policy Lab.

    "Just because a company doesn't know exactly who you are doesn't mean they can't do things that will harm you," Calo said."

  • It’s U.S. vs. World as Big Tech Faces Specter of Limiting Speech Online

    Date published: 
    April 21, 2019

    "“Be mad at tech, that’s understandable,” Alex Feerst, head of legal policy for the online publishing site Medium, said at a recent event on the “unintentional harms” of speech regulations.

    But adding restrictions to online speech laws or liabilities for platforms would come with downsides, he warned.

    “Companies will simply over-remove out of risk aversion,” he said."