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CLIP-ings: June 21, 2013

Internet Governance
CIA Hires Amazon: The company confirmed that it has contracted with the CIA to build cloud services inside the Agency’s own data centers, a move that signals its willingness to embrace the “private cloud” and expand its cloud business to larger operations and government agencies.
Motion to Compel Phone Records: The government must respond to a Miami attorney’s motion to compel the production of his client’s allegedly exculpatory phone records, which he contends they have by virtue of the recently disclosed NSA PRISM program.


Google and France: Despite claims that its privacy policy “respects European law,” the company faces fines in France if it fails to comply with a CNIL order requiring that it modify its data collection policies, including limiting its ability to combine users’ data.
FBI Facial Recognition: An agreement between the FBI and state DMVs that allows the FBI to use facial recognition software to compare subjects of investigations with photos in DMV records raises concerns about what types of privacy oversight should be in place.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Chinese Malware and PRISM: Harnessing widespread interest in PRISM, a Chinese group spreads malware via an attachment purporting to list individuals monitored by the NSA.
Cold War Tactics to Prevent Cyberwar: The US and Russian governments will communicate electronically and through a repurposed Cold War-era phone line to exchange information about cybersecurity threats to “critical systems” that originate in either country.

Intellectual Property

Antitrust and Reverse Patent Settlements: The Supreme Court has issued a ruling meant to curtail strategic settlements reached merely to avoid testing a patent’s validity.
Xbox One Rights Management: In response to user feedback, Microsoft will loosen its digital rights management policies for the upcoming Xbox One and change the way the console handles game ownership and Internet connectivity requirements. 

Practice Notes

Complying with COPPA: These ten questions help businesses conduct an internal audit to ensure that their practices comply with the revisions that go into effect July 1.

On the Lighter Side

Orange You Glad This Isn’t Your Attorney?: “[T]he world can certainly use more legal satire.”
Editorial Fellows: Tom Norton, Ryan Cloutier