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Before there was Snowden | The other Whistleblowers who came forward

Let's introduce Bill Binney, who used to work at the NSA for nearly 30 years as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Following that, he became one of its leading whistleblowers. Seven years ago one July morning, a...more

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Make “Safe Harbor Safe Again” – FTC, Justice Department Work to Keep EU Happy and Avoid Pull Back from...

Within the span of two days, both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced initiatives meant to assuage the European Union’s concerns over trans-Atlantic data flows and to secure...more

Trade Secrets? Tips For Keeping Data Safe

The leak of National Security Agency (NSA) data by computer contractor Edward Snowden ignited a global discussion about secrets of all kinds. For business owners, the increased odds of high tech theft are good reason to...more

Dear Mr. Snowden: Is it reasonable to expect my attorney-client communications are confidential?

Last month, Edward Snowden provided the press a document describing “how Australian intelligence conducted surveillance of trade talks between Indonesia and the United States and, in the process, monitored communications...more

Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?

The Federation of German Scientists (VDW), the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and Transparency International bestowed the German Whistleblower Prize upon Edward Snowden, the former National...more

Personal Data Transfers from the European Economic Area: Binding Corporate Rules Emerge as Increasingly Attractive Option

It is difficult to recall a time when the issue of personal data transfers from the European Economic Area ("EEA") has been as widely and hotly debated as it has over the past year or so. Significant movements during the past...more

Levick Monthly - The Tech Industry’s NSA Campaign: Trickier Than It Seems - January 2014

In This Issue: - Cover Story - The Tech Industry's NSA Campaign: Trickier Than It Seems - Crisis & Reputation - Buckyballs: Stones Enought to Fight Back - Digital Engagement - Hack Attack? -- Preparing for a...more

Reading between the Headlines: A Lesson in Risk Mitigation from Edward Snowden

Whistleblowing has become a highly charged term, stirring up emotive rhetoric ranging from “ethical hero” to “treasonous traitor” with very little substantive evaluation of the real impact on the corporation and the broader...more

OPM to Federalize Background Checks in Wake of Snowden Scandal/Navy Yard Shooting

On February 6, 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the agency will federalize the “quality review process” of its background investigations. OPM had previously engaged federal contractors to conduct...more

Obama’s European Privacy Headache

Since the revelations of Edward Snowden, there has been a wave of data privacy repercussions in Europe. Snowden, the former CIA employee and US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, disclosed top secret NSA documents...more

Whitepaper roundup: Privacy, copyright, and digital advertising

Readers seem to have liked our post about the recent GAO report that summarized the U.S. data privacy debate. For those interested in Internet law and policy issues, there are plenty of other official reports that you can use...more

Snowden, Drones, and Downton Abbey: Musings of a Privacy Professional for 2014

The year ahead promises to be one full of interesting and provocative legal cases involving privacy and data security....more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review

2013 was a year in contrasts within data privacy. To begin with the “normal” course, Canada sought (but failed) to pass a mandatory breach notification amendment to its federal privacy law, and Uruguay acceded to the European...more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - European Union

Outside of the EU, concerns continue after the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaks demonstrated issues related to U.S. handling of European data. Beginning in July, 2013, the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment...more

The Twelve Days of Surveillance

It seems like a new revelation about mass surveillance by the U.S. government and our allies occurs on an almost daily basis, each one more astounding than the last. Don’t be surprised if those jingling bells you hear on your...more

Trade Secrets Watch 2013 Year-In-Review

It’s been a hot year in the trade secrets field, with some huge verdicts and settlements, a renewed spotlight on cyberattacks, and an unusual flurry of trade secrets legislation. Trade Secrets Watch’s 2013 Year-in-Review...more

The Curious Case Concerning Edward Snowden

In June, the United States filed criminal charges against Edward J. Snowden. The charges were expected in light of the disclosure by Mr. Snowden of top secret information about United States and British domestic spying...more

Week in Review - November 21, 2013

As turkeys and pumpkin pie ingredients fill grocery carts across America, employee privacy issues fill the workplace. A recent survey shows that younger employees, ages 18 to 25, are more concerned about their privacy in the...more

Lessons Learned: Security Clearances After Snowden

In the past few years, a series of high profile leaks of classified and top secret national security materials, including the WikiLeaks scandal and, more recently, Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the NSA PRISM program, has...more

Criminal Liability For Deficient Background Checks: Snowden And The False Claims Act

Just when you thought the risks for businesses could not get any worse, the government recently found yet another hook for a criminal investigation. ...more

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: The Intersection of the Internet, Digital Commerce and Data-Privacy

On 8 July, the EU and U.S. launched the first round of negotiations on a free trade agreement – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – in Washington, D.C. The trade relationship between the European Union...more

Week in Review - July 18, 2013

As Edward Snowden continues to seek asylum, privacy issues remain center stage in the world of technology. Universities are rethinking their network security as they face cyberattacks from around the world. The University of...more

CHRO’s Website Contains Details on Whistleblower Retaliation Protections

With all the talk about Edward Snowden, the notion of whistleblowers is back front and center in the public eye. (Put aside for the moment that Snowden is not likely a “whistleblower” in the legal sense.)...more

Travel as a wanted person without INTERPOL's involvement- the Snowden dilemma

The case of Edward Snowden has not been discussed in this blog until now because INTERPOL is reportedly not involved in Mr. Snowden's case, and no Red Notice exists in his name. The case does, however, provide an interesting...more

Not Your Average Asylum Seeker: Avoiding Extradition Snowden Style

Edward Snowden, the former technical contractor for the National Security Agency who caused quite a sensation by disclosing highly classified documents that reveal the existence and scope of the United States government’s...more

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