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“Smoking Gun” Needed: Even after Clapper Provided a Path to Challenge the Law, the FISA Amendments Act May Still Be Bulletproof

Written by: Christopher A. Crawford

Edited by: Loly Sosa

The ACLU’s challenge to the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens failed because plaintiffs, who were American citizens, had no standing; in other words, they could not prove that they had been injured by the law. Plaintiffs will need a “smoking gun” that their privacy had been violated before they could gain standing.

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Posted On Jun - 14 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

European Court Finds Liability for Defamatory Comments by Anonymous Users
By Jennifer Garnett – Edited by Elise Young

Delfi AS v. Estonia

The European Court of Human Rights  (“ECHR”) upheld that Delfi, an online news portal, was liable for defamatory user comments.  The ECHR affirmed that Delfi could be liable as a “publisher” and the Estonian courts’ decisions were “justified and proportionate” restrictions under the European Convention on Human Rights. It noted that Delfi must “exercise a degree of caution” in monitoring comments on predictably controversial articles.

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Posted On Oct - 19 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Attempts to Track Tor Users
By Travis West – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

The National Security Agency (“NSA”) has developed techniques to circumvent Internet anonymity offered by the Tor network. The Tor service anonymizes users’ Internet traffic by routing requests to websites through multiple servers, making it extremely difficult to track. While the NSA can track some Tor users, the agency has been unable to crack the underlying technology, relying instead on browser exploits and its direct access to the Internet backbone to intercept website requests.

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Posted On Oct - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Towards Trans-Atlantic Interoperability: Scientific Research and Privacy Under the EU Data Protection Regulation

Written by: Natalie Kim
Edited by: Alex Shank

The EU is currently drafting a General Data Protection Regulation, thought to be among the toughest data protection laws in existence. This comment address the growing interoperability problem between U.S. and EU data protection law and ways of mitigating it, like reducing third-party liability loopholes, strengthened de-identification techniques and enhanced data tracking measures.

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Posted On Aug - 11 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Twitter Releases Users’ Identities to French Authorities After Tough Legal Battles
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

Twitter, traditionally a stalwart opponent of government surveillance requests, released to French prosecutors the identities of users who had tweeted anti-Semitic comments in violation of France’s hate speech laws. The social media giant’s capitulation follows a series of legal battles over the issue, including a $50 million lawsuit for failing to provide the information.

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Posted On Jul - 21 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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