Presidential Advisory Panel Recommends Mandatory Use of Warrants for Cloud Content and Email Access

May 5, 2014 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

A special advisory panel created by President Obama recently issued recommendations that would enhance the privacy of email messages and other electronic content.

Controversy over New York Student Database

Mar 17, 2014 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

The state of New York is attempting to develop a comprehensive database containing information associated with every student in its public school

California Considers Mandating “Kill Switches” for Mobile Phones

Feb 24, 2014 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

The California legislature is considering a new law which would require all mobile communications devices sold in or shipped to California to include the capability to disable the device remotely.

Google Settles EU Antitrust Case

Feb 17, 2014 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

Google and the European Commission recently announced an agreement to settle the antitrust investigation European authorities were conducting regarding Google’s online search system.

SCOTUS to resolve the question on searches of cell phones after arrest

Jan 22, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

When someone is arrested, the police typically confiscate that individual’s personal effects that are carried on him or her at the time.

News in Brief: Facebook messages not private, suit says

Jan 16, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

A putative class-action suit filed in California federal court accuses Facebook of wrongfully scanning users’ private messages to mine data, which it

Within two weeks, two federal judges went opposite ways on the NSA surveillance programs. What happened?

Jan 3, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Eleven days after a federal judge ruled the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of telephony metadata unconstitutional, another federal judge ruled

U.N. Resolution Connects Digital Privacy and Human Rights

Dec 30, 2013 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

The United Nations General Assembly recently adopted a resolution that begins to make a potentially significant connection between digital privacy and human rights.

FTC settles with Android app developer for privacy violations

Dec 23, 2013 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

The FTC recently reached a settlement agreement with Goldenshores Technologies LLC regarding its “Brightest Flashlight Free”. The settlement addressed claims that the app deceived consumers with respect to the collection and use of their geo-location information.

The FDA and 23andMe: The Challenge of Open Access to Genetic Information

Dec 17, 2013 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

A variety of online and other information sources, such as the company 23andMe, offer consumers access to increasingly sophisticated information regarding their

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