This WEEK in LAW

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Google stops collecting cellular location info after news probe

Google is ending a practice in which certain Android cellphone location information was captured, following an online investigation that raised questions about how the information might impact your privacy.<p>The report, posted in Quartz, states that software on Android phones gathers location data …

Privacy

Here's How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet

Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon may soon be free to block content, slow video-streaming services from rivals, and offer “fast …

Net Neutrality

Increasing Momentum Around Tech Policy

<i>Mozilla’s</i> <i>new tech policy fellowship</i><i> brings together leading experts to advance Internet health around the world</i> Strong government policies and …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

FCC Adds Six To CAC

Just before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the FCC on Friday appointed six additional members of its <b>Consumer Advisory Committee</b>.The …

Labor Day

Bringing Broadband to the Unconnected

<b>By Amina Fazlullah, Mozilla Tech Policy Fellow</b><p>Just over the Nevada border from Death Valley, deep in an old Silver State mining district, an …

Innovation

Why Blind Americans Are Worried About Trump’s Tech Policy

Every month, the Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting, a public event at which the agency’s five commissioners vote on whether to adopt new regulations and act on particular agenda items. The meetings typically fill their scheduled two-hour time slots, but the most recent one, …

Donald Trump

AT&T says it’s not ignoring low-income broadband needs

AT&T says the latest claims that it is ignoring the broadband needs of low-income residents in Detroit are false and that it continues to enhance …

Net Neutrality

AT&T hit with second complaint of discrimination against low-income neighborhoods

A prominent civil rights attorney is accusing AT&T of discriminating against low-income minority communities within Detroit in a complaint filed with …

George Zimmerman

The future of "Obamaphones"

The FCC subsidy program that pays for phone and internet service for low-income people — derisively called "Obamaphone" by critics—stands to be …

Net Neutrality

The Worst Lies From Yesterday's Anti-Net Neutrality Speech

Yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prevented internet service providers (ISPs) from …

Internet

Trademark Status & Document Retrieval

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iOS

‘The Slants’ trademark registered today, six years after the application was first filed

“The Slants” — the trademark involved in June’s <i>Matal v. Tam</i> Supreme Court decision — was just registered today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, six years to the day from when the application was first filed.<p>Disclosure: I was one of the lawyers on Simon Tam’s <i>Matal v. Tam</i> brief, though the …

Law

Congress Is Trying to Take Away Your Online Privacy

Back in 2014, 3.7 million Americans submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commision (FCC), stating loudly and clearly: We don’t want …

Privacy

AT&T’s plan to watch your Web browsing—and what you can do about it | Ars Technica

Want to opt out? It could cost up to $744 extra per year.<p>If you have AT&T’s gigabit Internet service and wonder why it seems so affordable, here's …

Privacy

Want privacy? Congress says you'll have to pay for it

When Congress voted down broadband privacy regulations this week, it threw data security under the bus as well. Internet users who want to protect …

Privacy

Copyright Fair Use in the Land of Famous Potatoes

It isn’t all that often that copyright decisions get handed down by the federal district court in the great state of Idaho, so the recent decision in …

Art

Off in the mountains (@bergundwald)

Feral Photography: amazing animal imagery from Silicon Valley trail cams

Peninsula resident Katharina Pierini has compiled a unique glimpse into the unseen world of Bay Area wildlife<p>By Charles Russo<p>Katharina Pierini is …

Amazing

Save the Date – Net Inclusion 2018

Net Inclusion 2018 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss …

Banking

Mark Zuckerberg tapes up his webcam

Today, as Instagram celebrated reaching 500 million monthly users, Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself enjoying the moment. But after he did, some sharp observers noticed another detail: the laptop on his desk, which seems to have a webcam wrapped up with tape.<p>Zuckerberg is apparently …

Mark Zuckerberg

Who Speaks for The Billions of Victims of Mass Surveillance? Tech Companies Could

Two clocks are ticking for US tech companies in the power centers of the modern world. In Washington, lawmakers are working to reform FISA Section …

Privacy

Google Fixes 'Creepy' Docs Problem But Spying Fears Persist

A glitch in the popular Google Docs service resulted in users getting locked out of their documents on Tuesday because, according to a message, they …

Google

Defcon vote-hacking village shows that "secure" voting machines can be broken in minutes

Since the 2000 Bush-Gore election crisis and the hanging-chad controversy, voting machine vendors have been offering touchscreen voting machines as a …

Voting

Members of Congress want you to hack the US election voting system | Ars Technica

Bug-bounty program would exempt participants from federal hacking laws.<p>This summer, DefCon's "Voting Machine Hacking Village" turned up a host of US …

Government
Surveillance

Can governments really hack your webcam?

Date: 20 October 2017Authors: Ed GeraghtyRelated Privacy 101s: Communications surveillanceRelated Projects: Contesting SurveillanceThe short answer …

explicit

GOVERNMENTS CAN HACK YOUR WEBCAM. JOIN OUR FIGHT AGAINST THEM!

Thanks for all your support so far!<p>Firstly, we want to thank everyone who has so far generously donated to our appeal to challenge large scale UK …

Privacy

The Hack Back Bill in Congress is Better Than You'd Expect

Rep's Graves and Sinema recently introduced H.R. 4036, the catchily named <i>Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act</i> or ACDC act which creates some exceptions …

Security

Court to hear challenge to GCHQ bulk hacking of phones and computers

Privacy International, which has argued that agency’s surveillance breaches human rights, takes case to appeal court<p>A challenge to GCHQ’s use of non-specific warrants to authorise the bulk hacking of smartphones, computers and networks in the UK is starting at the court of appeal.<p>The case, brought …

Surveillance