FCC Considers Competition for TV Set-Top Boxes

May 9, 2016 By: Craig Blakeley

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering adopting rules which would make it feasible for multiple manufacturers to build and sell to consumers set-top boxes for televisions.

School Surveillance of Student Social Media Raises Privacy Concerns

May 2, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

The Orlando, Florida public school system recently joined a growing number of schools around the country monitoring social media posts of students. The surveillance was launched in an effort to protect students.

EU Significantly Expands Data Protection Laws

Apr 25, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

The European Parliament recently expanded the scope of European data protection significantly.

FAA Interprets Federal Law to Protect Drones

Apr 18, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reportedly interpreted existing federal law to protect unmanned aerial vehicles from attacks.

Senator Franken Opens a New Front in the Battle over Privacy

Apr 11, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

Senator Al Franken has challenged virtual reality (VR) equipment developer, Oculus, to clarify and expand its privacy policies and practices.

U.S. Government Demands Source Code Access

Apr 4, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

There are now reports that the U.S. government has on multiple occasions successfully compelled commercial companies to provide proprietary computer source code to the government for analysis and use.

Export Control Laws Limit 3-D Printing of Guns

Mar 28, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

Litigation now in progress tests the limits of federal export control law applicability to 3-D printing of guns and other weapons.

FCC Assesses $1.35 Million Fine Against Verizon for “Supercookie” Use

Mar 21, 2016 By: Craig Blakeley

The FCC has reportedly required Verizon to pay a fine of approximately $1.5 million for its use of “supercookies.”

Brazilian Authorities Arrest, Then Free Facebook Executive in Privacy Case

Mar 14, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

In a privacy case associated with the mobile messaging platform, “WhatsApp,” police in Brazil arrested and briefly detained an executive of WhatsApp parent company, Facebook.

Germany Authorizes Police Use of Spyware for Surveillance

Mar 7, 2016 By: Jeff Matsuura

German courts have authorized the police in that country to load surveillance software onto computers and mobile devices, without the permission of the owners or operators of those devices.

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