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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Not-So-Shocking Privacy Surprises

Posted in Privacy Regulation

Privacy laws are an ideal illustration of laws with unintended consequences. Take two examples plucked from last week’s front pages: On April 25, The New York Times reported on massive fraud in the billion-dollar settlement of claims that the Agriculture Department discriminated against black, Hispanic, and female farmers: “It was the craziest thing I have… Continue Reading

Technological Designs Create Legal Significance – Part I

Posted in Cloud Computing

This is part of a multi-blog series to demonstrate that product design may have—and in many areas of Internet law and regulation, will have—a determining factor for how a product or service is regulated. This first part relates the treatment of cloud services. Breathing a Little Easier in the Cloud Recently, the Second Circuit handed… Continue Reading

Amendments to CISPA a Threat to Cybersecurity?

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Privacy Regulation

In response to some of the privacy criticisms of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the House Intelligence Committee is proposing amendments to the bill.  Politico’s Tony Romm reports on some of the likely amendments: Still another amendment specifies clearly that CISPA won’t allow companies to “hack back” their hackers in pursuit of… Continue Reading