Jul 302014

Washington (July 30, 2014) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced the “Protecting Student Privacy Act”, legislation that would help safeguard the educational records of students. The PreK-12 educational software and digital content market currently is worth $7.9 billion, with nearly all school districts relying on cloud services for a [...]

Jul 292014

Juliette Garside reports: Vodafone’s chairman, Gerard Kleisterlee, has promised to protect the right to privacy, saying the mobile network will engage with the UK government’s review of how the intelligence agencies intercept and collect data on its customers. “We will engage with governments when and where legal frameworks are being reviewed and that holds for [...]

Jul 292014

Senator Leahy’s USA FREEDOM Act has been released. I’ll update this post with links to analyses and commentaries later today and tomorrow, as I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. First up: EFF calls the bill “a meaningful first step,” but notes what the bill doesn’t do: First and foremost, the USA FREEDOM Act [...]

Jul 292014

This is an exciting RFP: The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft are issuing this request for proposals (RFP) to fund scholarly inquiry to examine the civil rights, human rights, security and privacy issues that arise from recent initiatives to release large datasets of government information to the public for analysis and reuse.  [...]

Jul 292014

Loek Essers reports: U.S. and EU privacy and consumer groups called on privacy regulators to stop Facebook’s plans to gather the Internet browsing patterns of its users while they visit other sites. The groups, gathered in the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) [...]

Jul 262014

Steven Caponi and Elizabeth Sloan of Blank Rome LLP write: On July 1, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law Delaware House Bill 295, which amends Section 6 of the Delaware Code relating to trade and commerce. The new law, 6 Delaware Code §§50C-101 thru 50C-401, places new obligations on commercial entities with respect [...]

Jul 252014

Talk about your chilling effects! If the government wants whistleblowers to go up the chain and to Congress rather than to the press, this news story by Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay should be cause for great concern: The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified [...]