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The “Right to be Forgotten”

On October 21, 2013 By John Craven

California Senate Bill 568 (the “Bill”), adopted on September 23, 2013, establishes expansive privacy rights for minors in the digital world. The Bill is divided [PDF] into two main parts. The first part prohibits certain products and services from directing advertising toward minors, who are defined as natural persons under the age of 18. [...]

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EU E-Cig Regulations Go Up in… Vapor?

On October 11, 2013 By Jacob Marshall

This week, the EU Parliament chose to tighten regulations on cigarettes. Not only did it approve a plan to require “scare” warnings on 65% of tobacco packages, but it also banned flavored cigarettes, including menthol (though the ban does not take effect until 2022). However, Parliament chose not to regulate E-cigarettes as a medicine, [...]

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Yelp Cracks Down on Fake Reviewers

On October 7, 2013 By Dahni Barav

Many consumers put a lot of faith in online user reviews when choosing where to buy goods or services. Websites host reviews for nearly everything, from restaurants to prisons. But the popularity of these sites has also created a booming market for fake positive reviews, which has undermined the credibility of review platforms. While [...]

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You’ve Got Ads

On October 3, 2013 By Veronica Gordon

Have you ever signed into your Gmail account and noticed an advertisement in your sidebar that seems all-too-relevant to you? You may wonder: how does Google know me so well?

Well, much of that specialized treatment stems from Google’s scanning technology, which allows Google to scan your Gmail messages for keywords and concepts to identify [...]

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Mural Support

On September 18, 2013 By Avery VanPelt

If I said I was going to visit the “Mural Capital of the World,” would you know where I was going? And if I then told you that this same city had banned the painting of outdoor murals for the last 11 years, would you think I intended the title sarcastically?

I don’t, but [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 2, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

A bill passed in New Zealand effectively bans software patents by labeling them ‘not inventions.’ A newly invented process, implemented in software, would still be patentable, but the software that implements it would not itself be patentable. Will this square New Zealand’s goal with the TRIPS Agreement’s requirement that patents be available “without [...]

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Since Google-Glass was first announced, it seems there has been no shortage of controversy surrounding the cutting-edge device. From privacy concerns to concerns the device would cause Continue Reading

Disclaimer: I am not from New York.  I like New York.  I do not ♥ New York.

Walk down many streets in Manhattan filled with tourists and you are bound to see numerous tables chockfull of t-shirts and other items emblazoned with the phrase “I ♥ NY.”  While this phrase gained prominence and [...]

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Your Phone Just Called. It’s Tracking You.

On April 9, 2013 By Tim Van Hal

Just last week, a new report published in Nature’s Scientific Reports confirmed what many already knew and some feared: mobile devices can be used to identify people regardless of whether the information was “anonymized.” That is right: your phone and its data, even if it is touted as “anonymous,” can be used to [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On April 8, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Bank not liable to cyber-heist victim company that had expressly declined to use the additional security controls it offered A federal district court hears arguments about whether the FBI’s use of a “stingray” device, which pretends to be a cell phone tower so that it can collect information from phones and [...]

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