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By Andrew Jacobs Marine Corps Bans Social Networking Sites In a directive issued Monday, the U.S. Marine Corps banned the use of social networking sites on its Marine Corps Enterprise Network, Wired and InformationWeek report. Characterizing these sites — including Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter — as “a proven haven for malicious actors and content,” the Corps hopes the ban will protect the network from cyberattacks and keep adversaries from acquiring user-generated information leaks. The directive does not limit Marines’ access ... Read More...
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By Tyler Lacey Law Enforcement Using Cell Phone Data During Investigations, Privacy Laws Yet to Catch Up On July 5, The New York Times posted an analysis of the use of cell phone forensics by law enforcement. According to the article, major cell phone service providers receive hundreds of requests each month from law enforcement agencies for data that can be used to track a user’s cell phone. Many of these requests are not backed by search warrants that require ... Read More...
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By Andrew Jacobs FTC Ready to Regulate Blogs On June 21, The Washington Post reported that revised FTC advertising guidelines, set to be approved late this summer, will explicitly include blogs within their scope. The guidelines make clear that bloggers must disclose any compensation they receive for product endorsements and that they may be held liable for false claims made in those endorsements. According to the Post, while some bloggers worry about potential chilling effects, others believe that the guidelines ... Read More...
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D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC Ban on Exclusive Contracts in Multi-Dwelling Units By Andrew Jacobs – Edited by Ezra Pinsky Nat’l Cable & Telecomm. Association v. Fed. Commc’ns Comm’n, May 26, 2009, No. 08-1016 Slip opinion On May 26, 2009, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) ban on future and existing exclusivity agreements between cable companies and the owners of apartment buildings and multi-unit developments (“MUDs”). Writing for a unanimous court, ... Read More...
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Federal Circuit Grants U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office Power to Limit Patent Applications By Sharona Hakimi – Edited by Caitlyn Ross Tafas v. Doll Federal Circuit, March 20, 2009, No. 2008-1352 Opinion On March 20th, the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in a suit that challenged rules proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO). Tafas, the plaintiff, contested the USPTO’s ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 3 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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