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The Download - September 2014

In this issue: - House Committee Holds Hearing on FTC’s Use of Section 5 Authority in Data Security Cases - Congress Considers Student Privacy; Department of Education Releases Guidance - National...more

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

The Admiral Sets A Good Course

Admiral Mike Rogers, the new leader of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command at the Defense Department, certainly has taken a different approach from his predecessor, General Keith Alexander. Right out of the gate,...more

SEC: The New Cyber-Cop

It seems scarcely a week goes by without a headline blaring news of a major cybersecurity breach. And with ongoing revelations about the data-tracking activities of the National Security Agency, the public isn’t growing less...more

Supreme Court Fires Shot Across The Bow Of NSA Metadata Collection

Recent revelations concerning the activities of the National Security Agency (“NSA”) include reports that the NSA and other government agencies have – in secret – routinely collected in bulk the “metadata” associated with...more

Is TMZ Worse Than The NSA?

Donald Sterling’s private telephone conversation. George Clooney’s engagement party. Jay-Z and Solangé’s elevator scuffle. Is TMZ invading privacy rights more than the NSA? The California Constitution, Article 1,...more

Jay Z Captured in a New Era of Private Video of Official Video

Rapper Jay Z and his sister-in-law reminded us this week that, prior to revelations about NSA data collection efforts, it was the lives of the rich and famous that often sparked debate about privacy in our country....more

Getting To The Real Issue On The Senate Subcommittee's Advertising Report

The "Security" Part - When reading the Majority and Minority Staff Report from the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations ("The Subcommittee") regarding the "Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy" was...more

EU High Court Strikes Down Data Retention Law

On April 8, 2014, the highest court in the European Union invalidated an EU law that required telephone and electronic communications providers to retain user data for up to two years....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

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both on recess this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. suspended the operations of Syria’s U.S. embassy and consulates as the Syrian civil war enters its fourth year. Also Tuesday, details of an NSA...more

How Much Are You Willing To Pay For Privacy?

How much are you willing to pay for personal privacy? 50% off a McDonald’s hamburger? 20% off groceries? Participation in the $1 Billion NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge?...more

Newsletters - Feb 28, 2014: The Elevator Speech Overview

The U.S. House and Senate were both in session this past week, returning from a week long work period in district. The National Governors Association (NGA) met in Washington DC for their annual winter meeting, discussing...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

Welcome To The Hotel California: FCPA Enforcement

This past weekend I saw The Eagles on their ‘History of The Eagles’ Tour. It truly was that, a complete musical history of the group, from the beginning in 1971 up until now. They played for well over 3 hours and it was...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

Protests Against Surveillance and New Rules on Transparency

Today, February 11, is a digital day of protest against surveillance by the National Security Agency. Billed ‘The Day We Fight Back“, participants in the protest range from activist groups to the Reform Government...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

Report deems NSA telephone records program illegal

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone call records is illegal and should be ended. ...more

President Obama announces surveillance reforms: key points for businesses

In a speech that garnered worldwide attention, President Barack Obama has announced important reforms in the ways the US government will gather, store, use and retain signals-related information. These changes will quickly...more

Cyber Law Tracker: President Obama Announces NSA Reforms

On January 17, 2014, President Obama announced broad reforms to the U.S. government’s practices with regard to the surveillance programs that have swept up massive amounts of phone records and related data....more

Congress Sounds Off On President's #NSAspeech

Today, President Obama delivered an address announcing reforms to the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. Following a deluge of leaks concerning the NSA's domestic operations, President Obama created an advisory panel to...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

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