CLIP-ings: March 14, 2014
Singapore Regulates Bitcoin: To prevent money laundering and terrorist funding, Singapore’s central bank is introducing rules requiring operators of Bitcoin exchanges
Google Encryption: Google has begun to routinely encrypt Web searches globally as part of an effort to impede government surveillance and censorship in China and other countries.
Upskirts Upskirted: Massachusetts lawmakers, responding immediately to anger over last week’s Supreme Judicial Court ruling that voyeurism laws did not apply to the taking of “upskirt” photos, passed a bill making such an act a misdemeanor.
Italian Indiscretions: Italian police are investigating “porno blackmails,” a scam whereby young women secretly record a victim’s sexually explicit behavior on Skype and then threaten to disseminate the video unless the victim pays.
NSA Metadata Collection Extended: The FISA court temporarily suspended its five year limit for retaining phone record metadata after a California District Court order suggested that such records could be used as evidence in upcoming civil suits.Information Security & Cyberthreats
CIA-Senate Standoff: Senator Feinstein accused the CIA of infiltrating the computers of the Senate committee tasked with investigating past torture practices; the CIA accused the same committee of stealing internal CIA documents.
WhatsApp Hacked: A hole in WhatsApp’s encryption security, plus a flaw in Android’s app infrastructure, allows hackers to access all of a user’s chat conversations.Intellectual Property
Devo Says “Hats Off”: The band Devo settled its trademark dispute with an online retailer over sales of the iconic “energy dome hat.”
Free Expression & Censorship
Russia Disciplines Independent Media: Russia’s media watchdog formally warned the independent online news outlet Lenta.ru for promoting extremism by publishing an article about a controversial Ukrainian opposition leader.Practice Note
Your Clients’ Secrets Are In Safe Hands? In the wake of a recent document leak about the surveillance of American law firms and their international clients, NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander assured the ABA that the NSA respects attorney-client privilege.On the Lighter Side
Modern Day Fairy Tale: Edmund Spenser, eat your heart out.Editorial Fellows: Kwame Akosah, Adiella Stadler, Tom Norton