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- The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asks the Supreme Court to stop the NSA’s recently revealed controversial metadata collection program. [H/T SANS]
- The Times of India claims that the Indian government operates a data collection program that enables it to access intracompany communications on Indian Blackberries. The program had been alluded to previously when India reportedly threatened to (but in the end did not) ban the use of Blackberries if RIM did not enable the capture of encrypted communications. [H/T BBC]
- Apple loses ebook price-fixing case–but as Amazon celebrates, are consumers better off?
- A federal judge rules that the government must release documents it had compiled on Aaron Swartz, the activist and software developer who killed himself in January of 2013 after the Department of Justice brought a CFAA hacking case against him for downloading a large number of articles from JSTOR without permission. [H/T SANS]
- The Winklevoss twins ready a Bitcoin virtual currency exchange-traded fund (ETF) for the market. Though this article’s assertion that the currency is “immune” to bank runs is questionable, it will be very interesting to see where it goes. See their SEC filing here; further discussion of the ETF offering, and a number of other companies in the Bitcoin-trading infrastructure on a Forbes blog here; criticism of the idea by Felix Salmon here.
- California, the first state to enact a data breach notification law (SB 1386), publishes its first report on the issue. In 2012, it amended that law to require notification of large breaches be sent to the attorney general, in addition to affected to consumers. [H/T InfoLawGroup] Is the state-based approach working, or is it time for federal law to step in?
- The Guardian claims that Microsoft, which runs Outlook.com and Hotmail.com email services, as well as peer-to-peer video calling service Skype, has been providing more information to the NSA than has previously been disclosed. The paper claims Microsoft has allowed to NSA to circumvent the encryption that normally keeps digital connections secure; the company says it is legally required to comply. [H/T WSJ; SANS]
- Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer, discusses government surveillance on his personal blog. He predicts broader use of end-to-end encryption, shrinking trust in the cloud, and drives to require cloud service providers to hold data in certain physical locations, among other trends.
- One founder of the controversial file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is developing a mobile app that uses end-to-end encryption to prevent the kind of interception allegedly used on Skype, Hotmail, and Outlook communications. [H/T SANS]
- The amended text of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, which implements the Children’s Online Protection Act, went into effect. [H/T Hunton & Williams Privacy Blog]
- Noted cybercrime legal academic (and former Department of Justice cybercrime trial attorney) Orin Kerr proposes a framework for FISA court legal reasoning. Presently, both the legal substance and the process developed in the FISA court are secret. Can the court safely reveal more about its process? Its substantive holdings? And even if there is some risk in releasing information, is it worth it?
- Antarctic Lake Vostok, covered in miles of ice, may contain animal life. Drilling into the lake was technologically feasible–but should it have been permitted?
- Aereo gets sued outside New York for the first time.
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