CLIP-ings: March 21, 2014
Leaner Email Search Warrant Requests: A DC magistrate judge has been modifying government prosecutors’ requests for warrants to search suspects’ emails and other electronic correspondence on the ground that the requests are overbroad and violative of the Fourth Amendment.
End Of An Internet Era: Partly in response to hostility fostered by the recent NSA scandal, the US will relinquish its post as overseer of web addresses and domain names to a yet-to-be-determined entity by next year.
It’s Not “Only Metadata”: A team of Stanford researchers found that the metadata from phone records provided by 546 volunteers yielded sensitive information such as phone numbers, device serial numbers, call times and durations, and geolocation data.
Telephone Call Recording: Since 2009, the NSA has implemented MYSTIC, a voice interception program through which the Agency can record, store, and review all of the telephone calls made in a foreign country.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
First-Of-Its-Kind: A Florida federal court approved a settlement in a class action suit brought against a health insurance company that failed to adequately protect its customers’ data even though the victims did not show economic harm.
Off-Target Analysis: A Target team noticed advance warning signs of the malware behind the recent data breach but, based on initial assessments, decided not to investigate further.
Not Nice: A recent malware attack in the UK tricked email recipients into opening infected “test results” attached to an email alerting the recipients that they might have cancer.
Seven-Year Settlement: After seven years, Viacom and Google have settled their enduring copyright suit, in which the DMCA’s “safe harbor” provision was at issue.
Free Expression & Censorship
Blogger Jailed: The Vietnamese government jailed a popular communist blogger on the ground that his statements and affiliations “defamed the party and state.”
Kremlin Control: Russian billionaire and Kremlin ally Alisher Usmanov upped his stake in VKontakte to 52 percent, thus giving the Kremlin more control over the networking site and the media as a whole.
On the Lighter Side
Receipt, Please: If you accidentally left your copy of the Constitution at home, CONSTI2GO can print one for you wherever there’s a receipt printer handy.