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FCC Overturns North Carolina and Tennessee Restrictions to Expansion of Community Broadband

By Lan Du – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted to preempt the North Carolina and Tennessee state laws preventing the expansion of community broadband networks.  The FCC order came in response to petitions filed by two municipal broadband networks: the City of Wilson, North Carolina and the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The FCC concluded that provisions of Tennessee and North Carolina laws erected barriers to competition, and conflicted with Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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Posted On Mar - 10 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Privacy Concerns in the Sharing Economy: The Case of Uber 

By Sabreena Khalid – Edited by Insue Kim

Recent revelations about Uber’s disconcerting use of personal user information have exposed the numerous weaknesses in Uber’s Privacy Policy. The lack of regulation in the area, coupled with the sensitive nature of personal information gathered by Uber, makes the issue one requiring immediate attention of policy makers.

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Posted On Dec - 17 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Court Rules Police May Compel Suspects to Unlock Fingerprint-Protected Smartphones

By Ken Winterbottom – Edited by Yixuan Long

A Virginia state trial court ruled that the police may constitutionally order a suspect to unlock a fingerprint-protected smartphone, but that a password-protected phone falls under the aegis of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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Posted On Nov - 12 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Popular Samsung Phones under Investigation for Patent Infringement

By Asher Lowenstein – Edited by Saukshmya Trichi

The US International Trade Commission has instituted an investigation of patent infringement involving some of Samsung’s most popular smartphones. ITC will have to decide whether it is in the public interest to ban a major producer from selling its phones in the US.

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Posted On Oct - 20 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Apple Provides Default Encryption that Protects Data Stored on Device

By Yixuan Long – Edited by Travis West

Apple announced that they could no longer access information stored on their newest devices operating iOS 8. This means that if law enforcement comes to the company with a seized device and a valid warrant, Apple would be incapable of accessing the data. Google says Android L will do the same. Privacy advocates have applauded this feature, while government officials have denounced it.

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Posted On Oct - 16 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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