Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reversed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that Facebook’s login notification text system, especially its database of phone numbers, violated a federal law barring abusive telemarketing practices. The case turned on whether Facebook’s system is an “automatic telephone … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

ePrivacy Exception Proposed

Late last month, a broad exception to the EU’s privacy regulations became effective. My apologies. The first version of this post erroneously asserted the derogation to the ePrivacy Directive had been enacted. It has not, and this post has been re-titled and updated to reflect this fact. As the European Union (EU) continues to work … Continue reading ePrivacy Exception Proposed

Australia Releases A Pair Of New Technology Laws

The Morrison government continues to take the lead in technology policy with new bill to expand surveillance powers. With the introduction of last month’s “Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020” last month, the government in Canberra is once again pushing technology policy for the Five Eyes nations and others. However, in doing so, … Continue reading Australia Releases A Pair Of New Technology Laws

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 November)

Further Reading “ICE, IRS Explored Using Hacking Tools, New Documents Show” By Joseph Cox — Vice. Federal agencies other than the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Intelligence Community (IC) appear to be interesting in utilizing some of the capabilities offered by the private sector to access devices or networks in the name of … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 November)

FTC Settlement with Zoom

The FTC again splits on a data security and privacy action. The popular online video call platform needs to revamp its data security practices or face considerable future liability. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) split along party lines to approve a settlement with Zoom to resolve allegations that the video messaging platform violated the FTC … Continue reading FTC Settlement with Zoom

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)

Further Reading  “The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone” By Jack Nicas — The New York Times. So, about “Going Dark.” Turns out nations and law enforcement officials have either oversold the barrier that default end-to-end encryption on phones creates or did not understand the access that police were already getting to many encrypted … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22 October)

Further Reading  “A deepfake porn Telegram bot is being used to abuse thousands of women” By Matt Burgess — WIRED UK. A bot set loose on Telegram can take pictures of women and, apparently teens, too, and “takes off” their clothing, rendering a naked image of females who never took naked pictures. This seems to … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22 October)

Five Eyes Again Lean On Tech About Encryption

In the latest demand, the usual suspects are joined by two new nations in urging tech to stop using default encryption and to essentially build backdoors. The Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance plus two Asian nations have released an “International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety,” which represents the latest FVEY salvo in their campaign … Continue reading Five Eyes Again Lean On Tech About Encryption

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part V

Congress may well pass IoT legislation this year, and the two bills under consideration take different approaches. Continuing our look at bills Congress may pass this year leads us to an issue area that has received attention but no legislative action; the Internet of Things (IoT). Many Members are aware and concerned about the lax … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part V

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part IV

There is an even chance that Congress further narrows the Section 230 liability shield given criticism of how tech companies have wielded this language. This year, Congress increased its focus on Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 that gives companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others blanket immunity from litigation based on the … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part IV