The Cyberlaw Podcast
Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #34: An Interview with Dr. Phyllis Schneck
Our guest this week is Dr. Phyllis Schneck, the Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). She and Marc Frey, Senior Director in Steptoe’s DC office and former Chief of Staff at DHS’s Office of Policy Development, discuss the status of cybersecurity legislation and DHS’s highest cybersecurity priorities.
We begin the podcast with This Week in NSA, as newly released documents indicate that back in 2008, the US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to comply with an order for data under the PRISM program.
We dive into the Alien Tort Statute suit that was dismissed against Cisco. And, even though Stewart isn’t here this week, we give an update on his favorite topic – the right to be forgotten. We also have a new competitor for the title of “strangest ruling against Google in a European court this year” – as a German court has ordered Google to provide more responsive customer support.
Last week, we told you about how Yelp had prevailed in an extreme case claiming that the company suppresses bad reviews for its advertisers. This week, California adopted a law that further protects customers’ ability to post negative reviews to Yelp and other sites.
This week in data breaches: Home Depot confirms its breach, and the congressional reaction is predictable. On a related front – in the newly minted “This Week in Judge Koh,” she finds that the Adobe breach victims have standing based on risk of future harm – we explain how this can be reconciled with Clapper and what its implications might be for future class actions.
Finally, tech companies again try to ramp up the pressure for ECPA reform, and in the Microsoft search warrant litigation in New York, Microsoft agreed to be held in contempt – we explain why.