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California ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Targets Smartphone Theft
By Albert Chen – Edited by Andrew Spore

On February 6, 2014, California State Senator Mark Leno introduced Senate Bill 962. The bill would require all smartphones sold in California to be equipped with a “kill switch,” allowing consumers to disable a lost or stolen phone. It aims to deter phone thefts, which account for one in three robberies in the United States. California State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner said she will carry the bill, if it clears the Senate.

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Posted On Feb - 18 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Activist Investors Push AT&T And Verizon To Issue Transparency Reports
By Christopher A. Crawford – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (“ACLU”) filed shareholder proposals with Verizon and AT&T to persuade the telecom companies to issue transparency reports disclosing data about customer information that was passed on to the National Security Agency. This new tactic in the privacy fight is designed to highlight what activists say are serious costs associated with the telecom companies’ lack of transparency.

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Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Mengyi Wang

Haitian Photographer Awarded $1.2M in Copyright Infringement Case

UN Privacy Resolution Stays Strong Despite Orchestrated Challenges

China to Launch Crude Oil Futures Market

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Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Rita Resende Soares

Federal Circuit Renews Apple’s Hope For Injunction Against Samsung

Google And Microsoft Strengthen Their Commitment Against Child Abuse

Supreme Court Rejects Petition To Halt NSA Surveillance Of Domestic Telephone Calls

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Posted On Nov - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Google Encrypts Its Network to Counteract NSA Surveillance
By Jennifer Garnett – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Earlier this month, Mike Hearn of Google’s Security Department posted online that Google has successfully encrypted the data traffic between its servers. This undoes the National Security Agency’s (“NSA”) work in creating the surveillance program “MUSCULAR,” which taps into the connections between Google and Yahoo’s private data centers.

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