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CISPA and Cyberspace Anonymity

April 25, 2013 5:23 pm DCherubin 0
By: Ross Woessner Great controversy surrounds the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA”), which passed the House and is currently in the Senate.  The bill provides for voluntary information sharing between private companies and the government in order to prevent or mitigate cyberattacks. …
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Domestic Security

April 25, 2013 5:14 pm DCherubin 0
By: Elena D. Lobo   The past two weeks have brought about events that are surely making many government officials and privacy scholars think about our current policies in a new light. In some ways, what occurred in Boston reawakened fears that we felt in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.…
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Could Immigration Reform Lead to Biometric ID Cards?

April 25, 2013 5:14 pm DCherubin 0
By: Zach Portnoy   A new proposal has emerged in the ever-controversial debate on immigration, which would affect not only immigrants, but also U.S. citizens.  The proposal, headlined by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would require all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who wish to work to obtain biometric, Social-Security ID cards. …
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Online Voting

April 25, 2013 5:13 pm DCherubin 0
By: Elizabeth Filatova Voting in the United States is a huge hassle and after every presidential election there is a discussion on all levels of government on the ways in which voting can be improved. Unlike the United States, Estonia introduced online voting in 2005.…
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The government is attempting to create a de facto ID national database (the struggle over REAL ID and the proposed amendments to E-Verify).

April 25, 2013 5:12 pm DCherubin 0
By: Piotr Semeniuk According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, last week the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that subsequent six states – Alabama, Florida, Kansans, Nebraska, Utah and Vermont – comply with the REAL ID Act. The Real ID Act, enacted with a motivation of enhancing national security after 9/11, sets minimum document criteria for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.…
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Blogger Anonymity in Defamation Lawsuit: Thomas Cooley Law School v. Doe

April 25, 2013 5:11 pm DCherubin 0
By Sisi Wu In 2011, Thomas Cooley Law School filed a defamation lawsuit against a former student who criticized the school on his blog, which he called “Thomas M. Cooley Law School Scam.” The blogger, “John Doe,” sought a protective order from the trial court to prevent Cooley from disclosing his real name in court documents.…
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Medical devices test privacy limits

April 25, 2013 5:10 pm DCherubin 0
By Josh Stager   Medical devices have the potential to significantly improve the quality of patient care, but recent innovations demonstrate that the convergence of health information technology and Big Data are testing the limits of health privacy law. As the Wall Street Journal recently explained, many new devices collect vast amounts of patient data – often without the patient’s knowledge.…
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Troll, Reveal Thyself!

April 25, 2013 5:08 pm DCherubin 0
By Peter Van Valkenburgh A Bill’s been floated in the Illinois State Senate that seeks to put an end to anonymous commenting on websites and blogs. The full text is here here: http://legiscan.com/IL/text/SB1614 But here’s the juicy part: “Section 10. Anonymous internet poster; right to know.…
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BORDERING ON UNCONSTITUTIONAL: DHS IMPACT REPORT ON CIVIL LIBERTIES/CIVIL RIGHTS AT ODDS WITH THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

April 19, 2013 3:38 pm DCherubin 0
By: Amanda Levendowski In January, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) quietly published its long-awaited “Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Impact Assessment” of border searches of electronic devices. The actual impact may be an equally quiet erosion of Fourth Amendment rights.   As of 2009, DHS is lawfully allowed to both search and seize devices like smart phones, laptop computers, and other data storage devices (including disks and flash drives) at the border without reasonable suspicion that the devices were involved in a crime.…