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On March 4, 2015 By William Healy March 4, 2015
Proposed legislation in China–under the guise of counter terrorism–has US analysts on edge about potential protectionism or infringement on trade secrets of US tech firms. The proposed legislation is the latest development in the Chinese government’s attempts to regulate high tech companies, after regulators have enacted rules that will require firms that provide banking [...]Continue Reading →
On February 26, 2015 By Elizabeth Mulkey February 26, 2015
Cyberspace is the new “Wild West,” according to President Obama, but the government can’t be the only sheriff in town. President Obama addressed these remarks to a crowd of tech industry leaders at a White House cybersecurity summit last week. He also signed an executive order on February 13, outlining a path for [...]Continue Reading →
Don’t Call It a Comeback: Thanks To an Unlikely Coalition, Measles is Back and at the Center of a Debate Over Mandatory Vaccinations
On February 10, 2015 By Travis Gray February 8, 2015
During the days of Prohibition, an unlikely coalition formed between bootleggers and Baptist. Both groups supported the Eighteenth Amendment, albeit for very different reasons. Baptist saw alcohol as a vile intoxicant that ruined families; bootleggers were able to exact higher prices for their illicit liquor without competition from legal retailers.
Today, another unlikely coalition is [...]Continue Reading →
On February 3, 2015 By Thomas Hayden February 2, 2015
In mid-February, Airbnb will begin to collect hotel taxes in four more cities: Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Jose, and Amsterdam. The short-term home rental service has been collecting taxes in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco for about a year now.
The company allows users to list their home for rent for any amount of [...]Continue Reading →
On February 2, 2015 By Danielle Drago February 2, 2015
On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Enforcement Advisory that notified businesses that blocking personal WiFi networks, or “hotspots,” is illegal and in violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. Such actions, the FCC warned, “could lead to the assessment of substantial monetary penalties.”
This warning comes after the [...]Continue Reading →
On January 29, 2015 By Sarah Robbins January 29, 2015
A recent case involving the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ended in a settlement this past Tuesday. As discussed in a previous blog post, the federal government has been repeatedly criticized for using controversial impersonation methods in connection with criminal investigations. In this case, a woman whose identity was allegedly used by a [...]Continue Reading →
On January 26, 2015 By Wayman Stodart January 26, 2015
After a startling revelation on the first day, the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged Dread Pirate Roberts continues this week. On day one of the trial, Ulbricht’s defense attorney conceded that yes, Ross Ulbricht did indeed start the notorious Silk Road market.
Silk Road was intended to be, as portrayed by Ulbricht’s defense counsel, [...]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week, ACLU analyst Christopher Soghoian discovered that in 2007, the FBI impersonated the Seattle Times while investigating bomb threats made to a school in Lacey, Washington. The bureau was using a technique commonly referred to as “phishing” to monitor a juvenile after receiving tips that he was behind the threats. The FBI obtained [...]Continue Reading →
On November 4, 2014 By Anthony Jackson November 4, 2014
Although the Supreme Court has held that police officers must obtain a warrant in order to search a suspect’s cell phone upon arrest, not all police departments have gotten on board. At least one California Highway Patrol officer has been accused of stealing nude photographs [...]Continue Reading →
On October 17, 2014, just days before Staples announced that it was investigating a “potential [security] issue,” President Obama signed an executive order to accelerate EMV adoption in the United States.
The hacking trend first began in November of 2013 when—a few days before Thanksgiving—Target’s security and payments system was hacked. In the first [...]Continue Reading →
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