The Cyberlaw Podcast discusses TikTok's CEO's Capitol Hill hearings, Congress's potential action on Chinese IT products, the Federal Trade Commission's policy on cloud services, the latest AI releases, social media's immunity for false user speech, Iowa's emerging trend in state privacy law, and Hachette v. Internet Archive.
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Utah teens now need parental approval to use social media and must only log in between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., while companies have to provide parents access to their children's accounts, leading to concerns that the regulations will infringe on privacy rights and could place sensitive information at risk.
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The experimental version of the AI language model called Bard, similar to ChatGPT-4, produces output that includes false or made-up allegations and falsely attributes them to reputable news outlets, revealing both AI models have a similar problem with facts.
The Cyberlaw Podcast discusses the likely impact of GPT4, from Silicon Valley to China, and also covers topics such as cybersecurity regulation for cloud providers and the mess created by "18F" in bringing Silicon Valley's culture to the government's IT infrastructure.
The Biden administration is planning to take action on at least three of its several federal investigations into Amazon, which range from a "wide-ranging antitrust case" to "dark pattern" and deceptive advertising probes that seem to reveal the US Federal Trade Commission's effort to go after the tech giant, though it remains unclear if these investigations can be converted into allegations of actionable antitrust violation that can stand up in court.
The article discusses how "secret America" operates through the use of undisclosed drone programs and the recording and archiving of every cell phone conversation in Afghanistan by the National Security Agency, as well as the establishment of other government agencies that reside in blandly-named buildings and are staffed by armies of contractors without much oversight or accountability, resulting in the degradation of classified information that is often marked as such for no reason.
This article is a compilation of various blog posts on the Deeplinks Blog, covering topics such as protecting users' privacy, advancements in protecting customer data in Brazil, the arrest and trial of Swedish computer security expert Ola Bini, and the negative impact of a new law curbing disinformation in Turkey.
EFF is releasing a new map and dataset of more than 290 surveillance towers installed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the border with Mexico, providing researchers with the tools they need to analyze the impact of U.S. border security policy, with 47 locations CBP has proposed for its next round of towers and automated license plate readers (ALPRs) being included, while CBP is planning yet another massive expansion of surveillance towers at the U.S.-Mexico border via the "Integrated Surveillance Tower" (IST) or "Consolidated Tower and Surveillance Equipment" (CTSE) program, intending to upgrade 135 existing towers and install 307 new towers, along with 200 Autonomous Surveillance Towers (ASTs) from Anduril Industries, which are controlled by artificial intelligence software.
The threat to ban TikTok in the US based on perceived national security risks is a violation of the First Amendment and could justify China's banning of American websites, while it would not solve the issue of potential privacy violations; instead, a real privacy law would be a comprehensive solution and the government should not arbitrarily ban sites or apps.
Lawsuits alleging that Facebook and other third-party buyers obtain confidential medical information through tracking tools on health care websites and patient portals have increased, which could violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Australia aims to become the world's most cyber-secure country by 2030, and has released a discussion paper to enhance regulation across the board for businesses and governments when it comes to cybersecurity, including plans to expand the definition of critical infrastructure assets to include customer data and systems, which would give the Australian Signals Directorate the ability to "step in" as a last resort in some emergency situations, but its expansion has been met with resistance due to fears that it may hamper recovery efforts.
A US Congressman publicly revealed himself as the victim of probable illegal surveillance by the NSA and FBI, but neither he nor anyone unlaw-fully monitored will be able to take legal recourse due to the rising level of governmental secrecy that now eliminates many of the accountability and oversight mechanisms for national security surveillance that exist in the FISA and US Constitution.
The article discusses various topics, such as Argentinian telecommunications providers' data privacy practices, mandatory age verification online, the danger of social media regulation laws, NTIA's report on privacy and civil rights, protecting people seeking abortion and gender-affirming care from surveillance, securing a fine and modifications for stalkerware-producing and selling companies, uproar over an experimental search service, and protecting end-to-end encryption and private messaging online in the UK's Online Safety Bill.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock News, in partnership with the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, have named those who have thwarted public access to government information, launching their annual “awards” for agencies and officials, The Foilies, to celebrate Sunshine Week, which seeks to promote government transparency, and included the FBI using an informant at a Monkees concert at which they reported the band's anti-war sentiment to add to their report on the band; the US Southern Command adding hundreds of white redactions to color paintings and drawings created by prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay; and the National Security Agency's "Glomar response" of neither confirming nor denying the existence of requested information.
Twitter has been fighting in court for over six years to disclose law enforcement orders it received in 2014, which the government claims are a matter of national security, and a federal judge has dismissed Twitter’s lawsuit, although there is hope that the company will appeal this decision in order to defend its right to share information about secret government surveillance orders for its users' information, and in a related case the Ninth Circuit upheld the national security letter (NSL) statute against a First Amendment challenge from the EFF on behalf of their clients CREDO Mobile and Cloudflare.
The Security and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Covington & Burling to identify clients affected by a data breach, part of an investigation into possible securities law violations, but Covington has accused the SEC of a "fishing expedition," leading 83 law firms to support Covington's opposition, which highlights the danger of weakening the principle of attorney-client privilege, and experts warn of criminals using ChatGPT to create malware, which Check Point Research revealed could create "pseudo-code for your comp[uter] sci[ence] class,” raising concerns over cyber attacks.
The Deeplinks Blog has a series of articles related to government surveillance and the efforts of the EFF to stop it, including lawsuits and challenges to mass surveillance programs, and highlights the need for basic protection against government searches and seizures provided by the Constitution.
A defendant seeks to gain permission to conduct background research on prospective jurors using the internet – which some courts have allowed – but a court is concerned about violating the privacy of jurors, as well as the possibility the act could harm court proceedings by creating a situation where jurors decide to conduct their own independent research.
The 447th episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast focuses on cybersecurity's third rail, with Nick Weaver, Maury Shenk and Stewart Baker exploring the pros and cons of liability for certain security flaws in the US national cybersecurity strategy, while also discussing TikTok, China's attempted interference in the 2021 Canadian national election and Twitter's sinking revenues.
The article explores two common legal challenges currently impacting reproductive health companies in a post-Roe world, including the privacy of reproductive health data and understanding telehealth barriers, explaining why these challenges matter and what can be done to protect women's privacy and regain the shattered trust surrounding the industry.
The article collection on Deeplinks Blog discusses various topics related to technology and its impact on society, such as the importance of citizen input in government affairs, promoting tech literacy among young people, and the need for ethical considerations in developing algorithms and internet security, among others.
Social media companies, including Meta, are providing chat logs with evidence in court cases to law enforcement in states that have criminalized abortion, and online pharmacies selling abortion medication are sharing user data with Google and other third-party sites which can be recovered by law enforcement.
The article argues that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), established in the aftermath of 9/11 to protect against terrorist attacks, has become a wasteful and inefficient mishmash of agencies that do not effectively protect US citizens, but rather violate their privacy and basic freedoms, and that it is time to dissolve it.
The 24th episode of Strangers on the Internet discusses the behavior of dating app providers, their lack of action to protect users, and the cultural implications of lying and endangering others on dating apps.
A ransomware attack on the New York City Bar Association was reported, with the attackers claiming to have downloaded 1.8TB of data, including passports of certain individuals, and posting a message threatening to start lawsuits and issue fines for neglecting their data security obligations.
SixFifty is expanding its automated business documents to include corporate and commercial documents, selling the documents à la carte and by subscription, and creating them directly with their employed attorneys, in order to make the law more accessible and help small and medium-sized businesses thrive and grow.
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