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Reactions to the Microsoft Warrant Case

Yesterday, the Second Circuit released its long-awaited opinion in the Microsoft Ireland case, ruling that the DOJ cannot compel Microsoft to produce emails stored on its Irish servers, because to do so would be an extraterritorial application of the Stored Communications Act (SCA), and nothing in the Act rebuts the presumption against extraterritoriality. I will have more to say about the case in the coming days, but I wanted to share a few initial reactions here.

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The Chinese Buy Wright USA

Earlier this month, a number of federal employees were surprised by a letter they received in the mail: a letter from their professional liability insurance provider informing them that it, Wright USA, had been acquired by a Chinese company.

Newsweek’s Jeff Stein has an informative article on this development, available here. A quick preview, according to Stein’s reporting:

The Cyberlaw Podcast

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast: An Interview with Kevin Kelly

Our guest for episode 119 is Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired Magazine and author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape our Future. Kevin and I share many views – from skepticism about the recording industry’s effort to control their digital files to a similar skepticism about EFF’s effort

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Google to France: ‘Forget You’ – An Update on the Right to be Forgotten

Last week, Google announced it was appealing the French data authority’s decision to fine Google for refusing to delete links globally. With the right to be forgotten (RTBF) debate thus back in the news, this post takes the opportunity to map the lay of the land to date.

The Extraterritoriality Dispute

Encryption

Warning Signs: A Checklist for Recognizing Flaws of Proposed “Exceptional Access” Systems

Author’s note: Despite appearing under my byline, this post actually represents the work of a larger group. The Keys Under Doormats group includes Harold Abelson, Ross Anderson, Steven M. Bellovin, Josh Benaloh, Matt Blaze,Whitfield Diffie, John Gilmore, Matthew Green, Susan Landau, Peter G. Neumann, Ronald L. Rivest, Jeffrey I. Schiller, Bruce Schneier, Michael A.

Privacy

The Lawfare Podcast: Intel Security's Chris Young on Cybersecurity and a Debate on Using Data to Protect Data

Earlier this month, Lawfare held a lunch event in partnership with Intel Security, the Hoover Institution, and the Center for Democracy and Technology on whether Big Data analytics are merely a privacy threat or whether data can also be used to protect data. The event consisted of a speech by Chris Young, general manager of Intel Security, on the current cybersecurity landscape and the way Intel Security seeks to use data to protect privacy. We then held a panel discussion debating whether and how data can be used to protect data and what the implications of that approach are.

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