Aug 052021
 August 5, 2021  Posted by  Breaches, Court

August 2, PITTSBURGH – A resident of Paramus, New Jersey, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court in relation to a charge of making restricted information publicly available, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

William Kaetz, age 56, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on October 18, 2020, Kaetz publicly posted the home address of a United States District Court Judge to the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, and did so with the intent to threaten or intimidate, or with the intent and knowledge that others would use the information to threaten or intimidate, said judge.

Following the guilty plea hearing, Judge Ranjan sentenced Kaetz to a term of imprisonment of 16 months, with three years’ supervised release and a fine of $5000.

Assistant United States Attorneys Tonya Sulia Goodman and Cindy K. Chung prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kaetz.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

Aug 052021
 August 5, 2021  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Barbara Ortutay and Frank Bajak report:

Apple unveiled plans to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be misused by governments looking to surveil their citizens.

Apple said its messaging app will use on-device machine learning to warn about sensitive content without making private communications readable by the company.

Read more on AP.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Aug 052021
 August 5, 2021  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Joseph Simonson and Jack McEvoy report:

The bipartisan infrastructure bill includes a provision that would require auto manufacturers to equip “advanced alcohol monitoring systems” in all new cars.

Buried in the massive proposal—which is already longer than 2,700 pages—is a section titled, “ADVANCED IMPAIRED DRIVING TECHNOLOGY,” which mandates new vehicles include “a system that … passively and accurately detect[s] whether the blood alcohol concentration of a driver of a motor vehicle is equal to or greater than the blood alcohol concentration” of .08, in which case the system would “prevent or limit motor vehicle operation.”

Read more on the Washington Free Beacon.

Aug 052021
 August 5, 2021  Posted by  Business, Court

Eric Goldman writes that Instacart uses Stripe as a payment processor and that a court recently held that Stripe bound consumers to it privacy policy by an enforceable sign-in-wrap  (Eric’s post has a screencap of the relevant screen inserted).  From the opinion:

The Court finds Instacart’s privacy policy conspicuous and obvious for several reasons. First, the hyperlink to the privacy policy is displayed in a bright green font against a white background, which stands out from most of the surrounding text. Further, the hyperlink to the privacy policy is located close to the “place order” button, thus it is hard for a user placing an order to miss it. The bold font alerting consumers to the amount of the charge hold placed on their card calls additional attention to the area where Instacart’s privacy policy is located.

Read more on Technology & Law Marketing Blog.