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Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Mengyi Wang

SEC Charges Texas Man with Running a Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

Rep. Amash’s Amendment to End NSA’s Blanket Collection of Americans’ Telephone Records Fails in the House

Federal Circuit Affirms Insufficiency of Written Description in Novozymes Patent

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Posted On Jul - 31 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

New Jersey Supreme Court: Police Must Obtain Warrant Before Accessing Cell Phone Location Information

State v. Earls
By Casey Clausen – Edited by Mary Grinman

On July 18, the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed and remanded an Appellate Division judgment. The court held that the New Jersey Constitution protects an individual’s privacy interest in the location information transmitted by a cell phone, which can be used by police as a tracking device. Under the ruling, police must obtain a search warrant before accessing that information.

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Posted On Jul - 30 - 2013 3 Comments 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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Users Balk at Samsung’s Access Requests for Jay-Z’s Mobile App
By Natalie Kim – Edited by Mary Grinman

Samsung launched a mobile app that allowed users to download Jay-Z’s new album before the album was released worldwide. Before users could obtain the album, they were required to grant the app permission to modify or delete content stored on the phone, to access to the phone’s precise location, and to read the phone’s status and identity. These requirements were met with a substantial amount of backlash.

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Posted On Jul - 16 - 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
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