Oct 012014
 

Report: “Review of Federal Student Aid’s Oversight and Monitoring of Private Collection Agency and Guaranty Agency Security Controls” Organization: Education Department’s inspector general Summary: The Education Department is not doing enough to ensure that student-loan debt collectors and guarantors are safeguarding sensitive student-loan information. Read more on Chronicle of Higher Education. And then keep in mind that in [...]

Oct 012014
 

Douglas Morino reports: A bill aimed at strengthening state privacy laws by banning the use of technology to record personal activity has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation will expand invasion-of-privacy statutes by holding a person liable for attempting to capture an image or sound recording in an offensive manner through the use [...]

Oct 012014
 

Cora Currier and Ryan Devereaux write: U.S. intelligence agents have broad authority to spy on U.S. companies as long as they are “believed to have some relationship with foreign organizations or persons” — a description that could conceivably apply to any company with foreign shareholders, subsidiaries, or even employees—according to newly released government documents published this [...]

Oct 012014
 

Venkat Balasubramani writes: This is a super interesting case that’s working its way through the courts in Washington. In a nutshell, T-Mobile was a defendant in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by NetLogix in the Western District of Washington. T-Mobile was represented by Davis Wright. Dillon, a former VP of NetLogix, approached T-Mobile’s lawyers [...]

Oct 012014
 

Glyn Moody writes: As we’ve noted, the EU Data Protection Regulation has seen some of the fiercest lobbying in the history of the European Union. That’s because key US Internet companies are worried that stricter controls on taking personal data out of the EU might adversely affect their business models, which are largely based on using that [...]

Sep 302014
 

Arvin Temkar reports: Even if there were evidence that a domestic spying program was unconstitutional, interference by the courts could cause “exceptionally grave damage” to national security, the government told a federal judge. Urging U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White to deny the plaintiffs partial summary judgment and instead rule for the government, the Monday filing [...]