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Legal News
6 Feb 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight new cases for this term. In McDonnell v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the Supreme Court is asked to decide the meaning of "official action" under the fraud statutes used to convict former Virginia governor … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] US-based tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo submitted evidence [text] on Friday of possible conflicts that may arise from the UK government's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF]. Should the bill pass, tech companies would be required [Verge report] to perform bulk data collections of all user … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Jamison, Esq. of the Military Spouse JD Network discusses the plight of the military spouse attorney and the need for changes to the current licensing structure ... Earlier this year a series of online threats from ISIS and its sympathizers were directed not just to service … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Russian parliament [official website] members on Friday voted for a bill that forces online search engines to remove search results about a person at that person's request. The new law will allow [AP report] a person to request that search engines like Yahoo! or Google remove search results for … [read more]

23 Sep 2014

JURIST Podcast host Genevieve Redd launches into a Summer Review and Fall Preview, including the hottest topics resolved in Courts around the world, as well as pressing questions for the Fall:The Rome Statute of the ICC as a lens for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How does the conflict measure up to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Ben Weinberger of Phoenix
edited by Jason Kellam

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]

Legal News
1 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday upheld a magistrate judge's ruling [opinion, pdf] requiring Microsoft [official website] to turn over customers' emails and other account information. Microsoft had objected to the application of US search warrants to information stored in … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by eight New Yorkers claiming that Chinese search engineBaidu's [website, in Chinese] algorithms illegally block political speech. The plaintiffs, writers and video producers, claimed [Reuters report] that … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Mannheim Regional Court [official website, in German] on Friday dismissed a complaint by patent assertion entity IPCom against Apple [corporate websites]. The suit alleged [Reuters report] USD $2.1 billion in damages against Apple for infringement of European patent EP1841268 [text, in German], which manages access to overloaded wireless … [read more]

30 Dec 2013
by Arjun Mishra

During the early 20th century, US President Theodore Roosevelt earned the title of "Trust-buster," as his administration vigorously pursued large corporations and assailed their anti-competitive behavior. The foundations of antitrust law developed during his presidency. The Gilded Age produced captains of industry, such as railroad barons with unprecedented individual and … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HR 3309, PDF] intended to curb the actions of "patent trolls" [Filament backgrounder], or patent assertion entities, in which companies frivolously accuse other companies, often small business owners, of patent infringement in effort to collect licensing fees. … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Thursday held [opinion, PDF] that the International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] erred in finding that Motorola Mobility, a branch of Google did not infringe a Microsoft [corporate websites] graphical interface patent. Microsoft originally filed a complaint … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Friday urged [news release] governments around the world to implement stronger laws and policies that protect online privacy in the wake of increasing pervasive electronic surveillance. According to the group, outdated legal frameworks have permitted government surveillance of digital communications that grossly … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Yahoo filed suit [press release] in the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official website] on Monday demanding the right to disclose the number of user data requests made by the US government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text]. Last week Yahoo [corporate website] joined Google and … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Monday announced a new concession proposal from Google [corporate website] in connection to an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of the company. Google faces [Reuters report] USD $5 billion in fines over accusations that the company's search engine is blocking competitors content and promoting … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A UN spokesperson said Monday that the UN plans to contact the US government about reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] hacked UN internal communications. The UN said that international treaties protect its offices and all diplomatic missions from interference, spying and eavesdropping. The German magazine … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The National Security Agency (NSA) obtained up to 56,000 unauthorized communications by misrepresenting the scope of its collection activities when it requested permission to collect documents, according to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official websites] opinion [redacted text] declassified Wednesday. The NSA sought approval to gather "upstream documents," … [read more]

Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] A 2012 internal audit [materials] released by the Washington Post on Thursday revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] broke numerous privacy laws since 2008. Congress approved the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act [text, PDF] in 2008, granting the NSA broad authority to conduct surveillance of Americans … [read more]

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