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NYT – Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s

New York Times: “A new virtual gold rush is underway. Even as Bitcoin, riven by internal divisions, has struggled, a rival virtual currency — known as Ethereum — has soared in value, climbing 1,000 percent over the last three months. Beyond the price spike, Ethereum is also attracting attention from giants in finance and technology,Continue Reading

NSA Civil Liberties and Privacy Office Report to Congress

NSA – Transparency Report – The USA FREEDOM Act Business Records and FISA Implementation – January 16, 2016 “The National Security Agency’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO) conducted a civil liberties and privacy impact assessment examining how the National Security Agency (NSA) is implementing the changes effected by the USA FREEDOM Act to theContinue Reading

Operationalizing Cybersecurity Due Diligence: A Transatlantic Comparative Case Study

Shackelford, Scott and Russell, Scott, Operationalizing Cybersecurity Due Diligence: A Transatlantic Comparative Case Study (January 12, 2016). South Carolina Law Review, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2714529 “Although much work has been done on applying the law of warfare to cyber attacks, far less attention has been paid to defining a law of cyberContinue Reading

FDA is banning unsafe chemicals used in pizza boxes

“The agency says new data show that perfluoroalkyl ethyls, used to keep paper packaging dry (think microwave popcorn bags and sandwich wrappers), may not be safe for food contact. In response to a petition from several advocacy groups (including NRDC), the FDA will ban three specific types of the chemicals.” Food Safety News

Details of NSA use of NSL to obtain ISP data released

ArsTechnica – “For the first time, as part of a First Amendment lawsuit, a federal judge ordered the release of what the FBI was seeking from a small ISP as part of an NSL. Among other things, the FBI was demanding a target’s complete Web browsing history, IP addresses of everyone a person has correspondedContinue Reading

2015 Non-Employee Director Compensation Report

“Frederic W. Cook & Co. studied non-employee director compensation programs at 300 companies of various sizes and industries. This report summarizes pay levels and program structure. We observe a 4% year-over-year increase in total pay at the median, along with a growing preference for simplicity that began several years ago at large-cap companies and isContinue Reading

Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset

Graham, Stuart J.H. and Marco, Alan C. and Myers, Amanda F., Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset (November 1, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 29. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2696147 “While records of the assignments (transactions) affecting US patents and patent applications haveContinue Reading

EFF – NSA Ordered to Stop Collecting, Querying Plaintiffs’ Phone Records

EFF news release: “Affirming his previous ruling that the NSA’s telephone records collection program is unconstitutional, a federal judge ordered the NSA to cease collecting the telephone records of an individual and his business. The judge further ordered the NSA to segregate any records that have already been collected so that they are not reviewedContinue Reading

Haircut floors for non-centrally cleared securities financing transactions – consultative document

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision – Haircut floors for non-centrally cleared securities financing transactions – consultative document. November 5, 2015. “In October 2014, the FSB published a report on Strengthening Oversight and Regulation of Shadow Banking – Regulatory framework for haircuts on non-centrally cleared securities financing transactions and introduced a framework for haircut floors for non-centrallyContinue Reading

Privacy Bridges: EU and US Privacy Experts in Search of Transatlantic Privacy Solutions

“The EU and US share a common commitment to privacy protection as a cornerstone of democracy. Following the Treaty of Lisbon, data privacy is a fundamental right that the European Union must proactively guarantee. In the United States, data privacy derives from constitutional protections in the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment as well as federalContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Contract Services, Great Lakes Restoration, Managing for Results, Medicare, Pension Advance Transactions

DOD Contract Services: Improvements Made to Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls, GAO-15-780: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Some Information on Projects and Progress Made Available to Congress and the Public, GAO-15-841T: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Managing for Results: Implementation of GPRAContinue Reading

Pew Survey – Americans believe GMOs unsafe

“The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods has put state lawmakers who favor requiring labeling of these products at odds with counterparts in Congress who oppose it. Americans’ concerns about GM foods are providing the backdrop: A majority of them believe such foods are generally unsafe to eat.The House last month passed aContinue Reading