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Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Mark Verstraete

Massachusetts District Court Denies Motion For Preliminary Injunction against Aereo

Airbnb Responds to Subpoena from New York Attorney General

Delaware District Court Dismisses Class Action Suit Against Google Regarding Personally Identifiable Information

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Posted On Oct - 15 - 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

Microsoft Sues Customs and Department of Homeland Security for Failing to Enforce ITC Exclusion Order

Microsoft Corp. v. Dep’t of Homeland Sec.
By Katherine Walecka – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

Microsoft filed a complaint against Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), the Department of Homeland Security, and others, alleging that CBP failed to implement an International Trade Commission exclusion order. The order blocked the importation of Motorola mobile devices that were found to infringe Microsoft’s patent directed toward smartphones with certain Google calendar functions, such as synchronizing and scheduling.

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Posted On Jul - 22 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

“Reclaim Your Name”: FTC Takes Small Step to Keep Personal Data Personal
By Katherine Walecka – Edited by Natalie Kim

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill announced the “Reclaim Your Name” initiative. The proposed program would make data brokers — businesses that collect consumer data for sale to other businesses — accountable to consumers. Consumers would be able to access personally identifiable information  that data brokers hold online through a single user-friendly online portal and regain control over their data.

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Posted On Jul - 7 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Blogger’s Threats Toward Judges Not Protected Speech, Second Circuit Holds

United States v. Turner
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The Second Circuit affirmed the E.D.N.Y.’s conviction of Harold Turner for “threatening to assault or murder” Seventh Circuit Judges Easterbrook, Bauer, and Posner on the basis of his blog posts about a decision the three had made regarding the Second Amendment. Turner, slip op. at 2­–3.  The Second Circuit upheld that Turner’s conduct constituted “a true threat [that] was unprotected by the First Amendment.” Id. at 16.

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Posted On Jun - 30 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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