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Congresswoman Speier’s Revenge Pornography Bill: Crossing the First Amendment Line?

On July 14, 2016, Congresswoman Speier proposed the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, a bill designed to make revenge pornography a federal crime punishable with up to five years in prison. Although the current version is narrower in scope than previous iterations, there are still some concerns that this bill violates the First Amendment’s right to free speech.

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Posted On Jul - 25 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

U.S. and E.U. officials formally approved the “Privacy Shield” this week, a new agreement governing the transfer of data between Europe and the United States. The final adoption of the transatlantic agreement comes after several years of negotiations, which were accelerated last October when the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated a key part of the U.S.-E.U. “Safe Harbor,” an agreement that had previously enabled American companies to transfer data from the European Union without running afoul of its stricter privacy laws.

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Posted On Jul - 17 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Justice Department Indicates Some Retweets may be Endorsements

By Kevin Crenny – Edited by Mila Owen

The Justice Department has argued for the continued pre-trial detention of a woman charged with making threatening statements in support of ISIS, partially on the basis of her retweeting FBI employees’ personal information under the heading “Wanted to kill.” The filing drew attention for its apparent conflict with the oft-tweeted assertion that “retweets are not endorsements.” The context of the defendant’s other posts, however, make it difficult to read her retweets any other way.

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Posted On Apr - 18 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

In Balancing the First Amendment and Preventing Sex Trafficking, First Circuit Holds in Favor of Free Speech

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Danielle Kehl

The First Circuit unanimously affirmed the dismissal of the claims of three victims of child sex trafficking against the website through which they had been prostituted. The court’s decision was based in the 1996 Communications Decency Act, under which a websites are not typically treated as the publisher or speaker of content posted on the site by others, and cannot be held liable for that content.

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Posted On Apr - 4 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

France Fines Google Over Global Right to be Forgotten

By Kayla Haran – Edited by Ariane Moss

A French regulator fined Google €100,000, claiming the tech giant had insufficiently complied with a 2014 decision by the European Court of Justice regarding the right to be forgotten. Google maintains that it acted properly, and plans to appeal the fine.

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Posted On Apr - 4 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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