CLIP-ings: May 10, 2013Internet Governance
Glass Banned from Casino: Las Vegas casino Caesar’s Palace has taken the preemptive step of prohibiting patrons from wearing Google’s forthcoming gadget, citing Nevada gaming laws which prohibit the use of computers and recording devices.
CA Right to Know Bill Defeated: Lobbying by Silicon Valley giants has successfully defeated a bill that would have made California the first state to give consumers the right to obtain copies of the personal profiles that online data brokers have assembled about them.
SnapChats Exposed: A Utah company developed forensics software that can retrieve “disappeared” images from the SnapChat app, which gained viral popularity for its supposed ability to send pictures that would appear briefly on a recipient’s phone before vanishing.
Data Brokers Put on Alert: Following an investigation in which FTC agents posed as unauthorized purchasers of sensitive consumer data, the agency sent letters to 10 data brokerage firms warning them that such sales appear to violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Hacking Charges Dropped: Following an outcry from CFAA reform activists, US Attorneys in Nevada dropped the federal hacking charges that were initially brought against a gambler who exploited a glitch in video poker machines, though the defendant will still face charges for wire fraud.
Cyber Theft Law Proposed: A bipartisan group of senators put forth the Deter Cyber Theft Act which would require the president to block the importation of foreign products containing technology that has been illegally poached from US businesses and individuals.
Copyright Trolls Slammed: A federal judge in CA found that Prenda Law, which made money through large-scale copyright “trolling,” engaged in coercion, fraud, identity theft and lying to the court, and suggested that the attorneys involved be both disbarred and investigated by the US Attorney’s Office and the IRS.
BitTorrent to Offer Paid Content: Acknowledging that in the past its service has been widely used for content piracy, BitTorrent announced that it will begin to offer “Bundles” which allow artists to control and monetize the release of their own content.
On the Lighter Side
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