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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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Posted On Jul - 21 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

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

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Alex Shank

Federal Circuit Holds that Good-Faith Belief in Invalidity May Disprove Intent to Induce Infringement

Pandora Contends that Michigan Privacy Law Does Not Apply to Streamed Music

Chinese Wind Turbine Company Indicted on Misappropriation of U.S. Company’s Trade Secrets

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Posted On Jun - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Leaked NSA Memos Reveal More on Data Collection Procedures
By Katie Mullen – Edited by Michelle Sohn

Last weekend, the Guardian leaked two more National Security Agency (“NSA”) documents regarding the NSA’s recently uncovered surveillance program. The first document details procedures used to target “non-U.S. persons” believed to be located outside the United States. The second document describes minimization procedures the NSA uses in collecting data under Section 702 of the amended Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”), 50 U.S.C. 1881 (2012).

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Posted On Jun - 28 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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