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Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Trip Down Privacy’s Memory Lane

Posted in Privacy Regulation

Privacy groups are known to put a lot of effort into attacking new technologies for a reason. They are concerned that, once the technology is seen in action, we won’t be scared by its hypothetical risks, while its benefits will be easier to assess. Once that happens, imposing new privacy laws gets a lot harder. To… Continue Reading

Europe’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Privacy Protection Moving to the US?

Posted in Data Breach, International, Privacy Regulation

In his recent post, Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy recently discussed whether it can ever be libelous to say, accurately, that someone has been arrested after the arrest has been expunged. The New Jersey Supreme Court rightly described the idea as Orwellian and rejected it. However, in Europe a version of this rule is… Continue Reading

What Happened to the Cybersecurity Bill?

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

The cybersecurity bill is dead for this Congress, with cloture failing by a vote of 52-46. The Senate’s failure to reach any kind of compromise is particularly striking, given that roughly two-thirds of the basic ideas in the bill had been endorsed by all of the following: the Obama administration, Senator McCain and the great… Continue Reading