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Mississippi Attorney General’s investigation of Google temporarily halted by federal court

By Lan Du – Edited by Katherine Kwong

On March 2, 2015, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s investigation of Google was halted by a federal court granting Google’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued the opinion. Judge Wingate found a substantial likelihood that Hood’s investigation violated Google’s First Amendment rights by content regulation of speech and placing limits of public access to information.


Posted On Apr - 20 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Australian Parliament Passes Data Retention Law Requiring Storage of User Metadata

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Katherine Kwong

On March 26, 2015, the Australian Senate passed the Telecommunications Amendment Bill 2015. The bill requires the Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) and telecommunication providers to encrypt and retain user metadata for two years, and prohibits a person from disclosing or using information about the existence or non-existence of a warrant. The purpose of the Bill is to ensure national security and provide law enforcement agencies adequate access to the information they need.


Posted On Apr - 6 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Message Board Comments Are Not Stalking

By Henry Thomas – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Georgia Supreme Court held that for comments to constitute stalking, they must be directed at — not merely about — a person. This decision overturns a lower court’s grant of a no-contact order that had prevented copyright critic Matthew Chan from posting comments about poet Linda Ellis on his website. The court found that the comments either were not directed at Ellis or were consented to by Ellis’s visiting the site.


Posted On Apr - 6 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

EU Court of Justice Hears Oral Arguments in Facebook Privacy Case

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Court of Justice of the European Union heard oral arguments in a case challenging the legality of transfers of European data to U.S. companies like Facebook. The complaint alleges that, in light of the Snowden leaks of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement does not comply with EU Directive 95/46, which requires EU member states to ensure that data is being transferred to a country that provides an “adequate level of protection” for the data.


Posted On Apr - 1 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules on Protecting and Promoting Open Internet

By Shuli Wang – Edited by Yaping Zhang

Two weeks after voting on regulating broadband Internet service as a public utility, on March 12, the Federal Communications Commission (”FCC”) released a document (the FCC Order and Rules) on net neutrality, which reclassifies high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service, thus subjecting Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carrier to regulations under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The purpose of the new rules is to ensure the free flow of bits through the web without paid-for priority lanes and blocking or throttling of any web content.


Posted On Mar - 23 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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