Podcasts

The Cyberlaw Podcast: Interview with Susan Landau

By Stewart Baker
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 11:54 AM

The crypto wars return to The Cyberlaw Podcast in episode 201, as I interview about her new book on the subject, ‘.’ Susan and I have been debating each other for decades now, and this interview is no exception.

In the news roundup, Brian Egan and join me for the inevitable mastication of the Nunes memo. (My take: The one clear scandal here is the way Glenn Simpson and Chris Steele treated the U.S. national security apparatus, including the national security press, as just another agency to be lobbied – and the success they had in milking it for partisan advantage and private profit.)

Meanwhile, if you needed a reminder of just how enthusiastically and ham-handedly China conducts its espionage, just ask the, whose Chinese-built headquarters is pwned from top to bottom.

Brian lays out a significant Ninth Circuit Anti-Terrorism Act for providing “material assistance” to ISIS by requiring a more direct relationship between Twitter’s acts and the harm suffered by the private plaintiffs. Not a surprise, but a relief for Silicon Valley.

Nick fulminates about the security threat that a sophisticated recent poses and wonders when enterprises will start requiring ad-blockers on corporate internet software. In a related story, we wonder how much incentive Twitter really has to kill off its armies of .

Are the paying the price for punching above their weight in the cyberespionage game? And did kill their success? All we can do is speculate, unfortunately.

You know you’ve missed , so we bring it back to cover yet another internet-connected vibrator company trying to shake off a privacy class action. 

Finally, as a sign that we’ve finally reached peak cybersecurity and peak privacy, both topics are ending up on the agendas of international trade negotiators.  The says its privacy rules are untouchable in negotiations (although other countries’ overly protectionist data flow policies are fair game) and the negotiators have reportedly agreed to add to NAFTA cyber security “principles” based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework.

As always The Cyberlaw Podcast is open to feedback. Send your questions, suggestions for interview candidates or topics to or leave a message at +1 202 862 5785.

. We are also on , , and (available for Android and Google Chrome)!

The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not reflect the opinions of the firm.