CLIP-ings: September 20, 2013
Health Department Launches Privacy Education Software: In an effort to inform the public of their privacy rights, a new program launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services strives to educate patients about the use and control of their health information.
FISC Opinion Declassified: This week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court released a previously classified opinion, which enabled the wholesale surrender of metadata by phone companies.
Dropbox Opens .doc Files: A new service has revealed that Dropbox’s software opens files uploaded to its service in order to create a preview and scan for malware.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Black Hat U: Hackers offer a complete curriculum, including online courses and job placement, to those interested in learning cybercrime techniques.
Mercenaries Behind High Profile Hacks: A group of 50 to 100 hackers-for-hire nicknamed “Hidden Lynx” are revealed to have been tied to the Bit9 and Operation Aurora attacks.
Disney Ignores Unauthorized Indie Film: The entertainment giant maintains its silence on an indie horror flick set in a nightmarish version of one of its parks and involving unflattering depictions of its characters.
Free Expression & Censorship
Facebook “Likes” Constitutionally Protected: The Fourth Circuit held that “Liking” a post on Facebook is both symbolic expression and protected speech.
Anti-SLAPP Statute Defeats Appropriation of Likeness Claim: The Ninth Circuit held that, because a defendant’s right to free speech may outweigh allegedly unlawful conduct, the anti-SLAPP statute could be applied to strike a plaintiff’s claim against the producers of “Gangland” for revealing his identity in an episode.
On the Lighter Side
Dean's Fellow: Daniela Alvarado