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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.

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

Washington State Court of Appeals rejects anti-SLAPP claim of blogging ex-employee

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Jens Frankenreiter

The Court of Appeals rendered a decision in a case involving the interpretation of Washington’s anti-SLAPP statute in the context of a lawsuit brought by the director of a performing arts theatre against a blogging ex-employee. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court judgment which had dismissed the lawsuit under the anti-SLAPP statute.

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

Lenovo Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Superfish Adware

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Anton Ziajka

Lenovo is facing backlash for pre-installing adware called Superfish on some of its computers. Lenovo explained that it pre-installed Superfish to help its users by replacing advertisements with ones that potentially offer lower prices. However, Superfish threatens users’ privacy and data security, ArsTechnica describes in detail. A Lenovo customer recently filed a class action lawsuit against Lenovo for pre-installing Superfish on a laptop that she purchased, MaximumPC reports.

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

A Computer Programmer for Megaupload Pleads Guilty to Copyright Infringement Charges

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Jenny Choi

On February 13, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that Andrus Nomm, a computer programmer for Megaupload.com, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for copyright infringement. Kim Dotcom, a founder of the Megaupload website and a key target of this criminal prosecution and two consecutive civil lawsuits, reacted strongly to the news and sought political recourse with regard to his behaviors.

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Facebook’s experiment of emotional contagion raises concerns
By Jenny Choi – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On June 17, 2014, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences released a study in which Facebook reduced positive and negative posts on News Feeds to observe any changes in the participants’ posts to test whether emotional states are contagious through verbal expressions. Many have criticized Facebook for the experiment,  finding that Facebook has deceived its users, violated past Consent Orders, and stretched the users’ terms of service agreements too far.

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Posted On Jul - 28 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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