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Senate Introduces Consumer Review Freedom Act to Protect Online Consumer Reviews

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Cristina Carapezza

On September 16, 2015, the Senate introduced the Consumer Review Freedom Act (CRFA) of 2015.  The bill prohibits businesses from using “anti-review contracts,” provisions that prevent individuals from leaving reviews about a business’ product, service, or conduct.  The bill was originally introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD).  On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to discuss the bill.


Posted On Nov - 17 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

California Passes Landmark Digital Privacy Law

By Sheri Pan — Edited by Ariane Moss

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, thereby heightening privacy protections for digital records.  Under the new regime, state government entities must secure a search warrant to obtain the content and metadata of electronic communications.


Posted On Oct - 25 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Government Agents Indicted for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering in Silk Road Investigation

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Jens Frankenreiter

Two former Drug Enforcement Administration agents have been charged for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with an investigation of Silk Road, a digital black market that allowed people to anonymously buy drugs and other illicit goods using Bitcoin, a digital currency. The two agents were members of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force and allegedly used their official capacities and resources to steal Bitcoins for their personal gain.


Posted On Apr - 21 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

EU Court of Justice Hears Oral Arguments in Facebook Privacy Case

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Court of Justice of the European Union heard oral arguments in a case challenging the legality of transfers of European data to U.S. companies like Facebook. The complaint alleges that, in light of the Snowden leaks of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement does not comply with EU Directive 95/46, which requires EU member states to ensure that data is being transferred to a country that provides an “adequate level of protection” for the data.


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

Ninth Circuit Rejects Fox’s Request to Shut Down Dish Services, Despite Aereo Decision

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Insue Kim

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Fox’s motion for a preliminary injunction.  Fox argued that the technologies would irreparably harm Fox because they violate copyright laws, but the Ninth Circuit ruled that the district court did not err in finding that the harm alleged by Fox was speculative, noting that Fox had failed to present evidence documenting such harm.


Posted On Jul - 22 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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