CLIP-ings: October 19, 2012
Verizon Tracks Users: The mobile carrier is selling customers’ browsing history and location and activity data, prompting concerns that it is violating the Wiretap Act.
Companies See Your “Likes”: Facebook allows some marketers to access information about what pages and products users have liked.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Voter Registration Vulnerable to Hackers: Online voter registration in Maryland and Washington makes it easier for hackers to access and change voter information, raising issues of security and voter fraud.
Deadly Pacemaker Hack: A number of pacemakers are vulnerable to hacks that cause them to deliver a lethal 830-volt shock.
New Court for Small Claims: In an effort to increase protection for owners who cannot afford expensive litigation, the United Kingdom created a “small claims track” for certain intellectual property lawsuits.
1.45 Million Blogs Disrupted: A web-hosting firm temporarily shut down over a million educational blogs after a DMCA takedown notice directed at a single blog’s use of a copyrighted questionnaire.
Free Expression & Censorship
Twitter Censors Account in Germany: For the first time, the social network blocked access to an account belonging to a criminal German neo-Nazi group.
The CFAA and Employment: Cullen and Dykman LLP explain how circuit courts differ in defining “authorization” in employment cases governed by the Computer Fraud Abuse Act.
On the Lighter Side
Parks and Tech: Tom Haverford on the horrors of life without technology.
Editorial Fellows: Megan Bright, Gabrielle Cojuangco, Austen Ishii