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Federal Courts Considers FTC’s Data Protection Authority

EPIC – “A federal appeals court heard arguments today in FTC v. Wyndham, an important data privacy case. Wyndham Hotels, which revealed hundreds of thousands of customer records following a data breach, is challenging the FTC’s authority to enforce data security standards. In an amicus brief joined by legal scholars and technical experts, EPIC defended the FTC’s “critical role in safeguarding consumer privacy and promoting stronger security standards.” EPIC explained that the damage caused by data breaches – more than $500 million last year – makes data security one of the top concerns of American consumers. EPIC warned the court that “removing the FTC’s authority to regulate data security would be to bring dynamite to the dam.”

14 Consumer Groups Outline Shortcomings In WH Privacy Legislation

“Consumer Watchdog today joined 13 other public interest groups in a letter to President Obama outlining the shortcomings of the draft Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act and pledging to work with the Administration and Congress to strengthen the “In 2 2012, you released your vision of the founding principles of consumer privacy — theContinue Reading

Rights of Passage: On Doors, Technology, and the Fourth Amendment

Braverman, Irus, Rights of Passage: On Doors, Technology, and the Fourth Amendment (February 1, 2015). Law, Culture and the Humanities, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1743872114520893 ; SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-017. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2571482 “The importance of the door for human civilization cannot be overstated. In various cultures, the door hasContinue Reading

Identity Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories Again in 2014

News release: “Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year, while the agency also recorded a large increase in the number of complaints about so-called “imposter” scams, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, which was released today. Imposter scams – in whichContinue Reading

EPIC Challenges Samsung’s Surveillance of the Home, Files FTC Complaint

“EPIC has filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about Samsung’s SmartTvs. “Samsung routinely intercepts and records the private communications of consumers in their homes,” EPIC wrote. EPIC detailed widespread consumer objections and charged that “privacy notices” do not diminish the harm to American consumers. In setting out the privacy violations, EPIC cited theContinue Reading

CRI/CIR advises Belgian Privacy Commission in Facebook investigation

“In December 2014, Facebook announced that it would revise its Data Use Policy and Terms of Service. At the request of the Belgian Privacy Commission, ICRI/CIR (KU Leuven), in cooperation with iMinds-SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) conducted an extensive analysis of Facebook’s revised policies and terms. Facebook rolled out its new policies and terms on JanuaryContinue Reading

The Emergence of Cybersecurity Law

Prepared for the Indiana University Maurer School of Law by Hanover Research | February 2015 “This paper examines cyberlaw as a growing field of legal practice and the roles that lawyers play in helping companies respond to cybersecurity threats. Drawing on interviews with lawyers, consultants, and academics knowledgeable in the intersection of law and cybersecurity,Continue Reading

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014–2019

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014–2019: From the Summary – “Global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014. Global mobile data traffic reached 2.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2014, up from 1.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2013.Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 30Continue Reading

Most Americans confused about Net Neutrality – seek more information

Follow up to previous posting – Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate, an article from The Register that contributes more resources and perspective to the debate: “With commissioners at US watchdog the FCC due to vote on proposed net neutrality rules next week, a poll of Americans hasContinue Reading

Report – Largest global manufacturer of SIM cards hacked

The Intercept – Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley – “American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security AgencyContinue Reading

EPIC Prevails in “Stingray” Case Against FBI

“EPIC has obtained nearly $30,000 in litigation fees as a result of a Freedom of Information Act case against the FBI concerning a new surveillance technology. EPIC’s lawsuit produced the release of more than 4,000 pages of documents about a phony cell tower technique called “Stingray.” The documents obtained by EPIC revealed that the FBIContinue Reading

68% of US Smartphone Users Concerned – Activity Tracked for Use in Targeted Ads

“According to new findings in an online study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of TRUSTe, 68% of US smartphone users are concerned about having their activity tracked to serve them targeted ads, suggesting that most smartphone users are uncomfortable with the idea of online behavioral advertising (OBA). However, research also showed that awareness of theContinue Reading