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Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

A group of leading computer scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT [academic website] on Monday published a paper [text, PDF; press release] criticizing the US and UK governments for seeking the redesign of internet systems to allow governments to access information even if encrypted. The … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression [UN backgrounder] David Kaye on Wednesday issued a report [text, DOC; press release] calling the use of anonymity and encryption software in digital communication vital to free speech. Kaye noted that due to heightened online security and mass and targeted surveillance … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Thursday released a report arguing that strong encryption is elemental to basic human rights. The report hails [The Hill report] encryption and anonymity as tools that allow individuals to "exercise their rights to freedom of opinion … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press conference [transcript] Monday that the Chinese government is proceeding in its review of revisions to the controversial draft counter-terrorism law despite recent reports that China had suspended such talks [Reuters report]. Hong stated that the law will be "made … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Dec 2014
by Gregory Fouladi of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory Fouladi, Valparaiso University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the Constitutional ambiguity surrounding Federal Agency phishing techniques ... Imagine a scenario where you are sitting in a private area of your home browsing on your personal computer. You may have be doing research, reading the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Ben Weinberger of Phoenix

JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Weinberger of Phoenix discusses the international protection of data in the cloud... In a recent proceeding before the US Court, Microsoft was ordered to turn-over email belonging to a user of its hosted mail service. That email belonged to a user outside the US. The email itself … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist G. Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch discusses US government surveillance and the attorney-client privilege American lawyers have been concerned for some time that the legally protected space for attorney-client communications is shrinking. But recent reports detailing massive electronic surveillance by the US government suggest truly confidential … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Andrew Perlman of

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Perlman of the Suffolk University Law School argues that government surveillance programs have adversely affected lawyers' efforts to safeguard confidential information and that lawyers should consider various options to address these new risks ... Protecting client confidences used to be so much easier. Lawyers could place … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official website] on Friday ordered [opinion, PDF] the review of FISC opinions to identify which are subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [ACLU backgrounder] disclosure. The order comes in response to a motion [text, PDF] filed by the American … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Documents declassified on Tuesday reveal that, between 2006 and 2009, the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] violated court rules with most of its queries of a phone database. These documents [materials] were declassified as a result of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] According to a report [WP report] released by the Washington Post Saturday, the Obama administration won permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official websites] court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails. The revelations … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Guardian [official website] on Thursday obtained files showing that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) [official websites], have compromised the guarantees that Internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications are encrypted. The files, published [NYT … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen on Tuesday filed an amended patent infringement complaint [complaint, PDF] against Apple, eBay, Google [corporate websites] and eight other corporations claiming the companies misappropriated technologies patented by Allen's now defunct Interval Research Corporation and currently held by Interval Licensing, LLC. The original lawsuit was dismissed … [read more]

Legal News
13 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Friday dismissed [order, PDF] a patent infringement lawsuit [JURIST report] by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen against Apple, eBay, Google [corporate websites] and eight other corporations. According to the complaint [text, PDF], which also … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen filed suit [complaint, PDF] Friday against Apple, eBay, Google [corporate websites] and eight other corporations in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website], claiming the infringement of four patents related to website navigation and electronic information presentation. According to the … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Patent holding company NTP on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Apple [corporate website] and several other smart phone makers for patent infringement related to the use of e-mail systems that utilize technology patented by NTP. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] on Friday voted to launch an investigation [press release] into allegations made by HTC Corp accusing Apple [corporate websites] of patent infringement on certain portable electronic devices. HTC filed a complaint with the ITC in May [JURIST report] claiming that Apple … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] claims that its collection of private information over Wi-Fi networks for its Street View maps was inadvertent and did not violate any laws, according to a letter [text, PDF] released Friday by the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Mobile phone maker HTC [corporate website] filed a complaint [press release] Wednesday against Apple [corporate website] with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] to freeze the importation and sale of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. HTC, based in Taiwan, has accused [ET report] Apple of infringing five patents, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Delaware [official website] against rival smartphone maker HTC [corporate website] alleging that several of HTC's products infringe 10 patents owned by Apple. The patents involve various areas of technology … [read more]

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