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Julia Angwin Attempts to Remain Anonymous Online and Proposes that We Reconsider Privacy Rights as Human Rights

On February 19, 2015, journalist Julia Angwin presented on her recent project as part of the BCLT Lunch Speaker Series. Angwin built her reputation as an investigative journalist in the world of privacy issues when she led a Wall Street … Continue reading

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Here Comes Another One: Examining the Home Depot Data Breach Lawsuit

40 million; the number of credit and debit card numbers stolen in the Target data breach of 2013. 200 million; the number of dollars credit unions and community banks spent reissuing only half of them. 1-3 million; the estimated number … Continue reading

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Could Your Technology Be Incriminating You?

Earlier this week, we wrote about how the government can lawfully compel a person to unlock their smart phone with the Touch ID feature (if the feature is enabled). Recently, Fitbit has been in the news because the popular fitness … Continue reading

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Federal “Catfishing”: When Government Impersonation through Social Media Gets Caught

You rush into work one morning, coffee and briefcase in hand, barely making it into the cramped elevator as the doors close. You overhear someone in the back whisper “That’s her, she’s the one in the tank top in her … Continue reading

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The Smartphone versus the Fifth Amendment

For many smartphone users, passwords and passcodes have become a thing of the past. Since late 2013, Apple iPhone users have been able to access their phones by simply applying their stored fingerprint to the Home Button. Many Android devices … Continue reading

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Information Economics: Not Just for Private Business

Berkeley Center for Law and Technology’s Seventh Annual Privacy Lecture was held on October 6, 2014, on Berkeley Law School’s campus. Moderated by Paul Schwartz, the presentation began with Ross Anderson presenting his recent paper, Privacy versus government surveillance – where … Continue reading

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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Circuit Split and Efforts to Amend

The Ninth Circuit’s 2012 decision in United States v. Nosal created a circuit split regarding the interpretation of the phrase “exceeds authorized access” in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).  The Ninth Circuit (since joined by the Fourth Circuit) … Continue reading

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The Copyright Alert System After Its Roll-Out: First (Non)Reactions

The Copyright Alert System (CAS) was rolled out in late February 2013. CAS constitutes the United States realization of the international concept of “graduated response programs:” frameworks for media owners to address alleged online copyright infringements with computer users through … Continue reading

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U.S. v. Cotterman: Ninth Circuit Holds Reasonable Suspicion Required for Forensic Laptop Search at the Border

The Fourth Amendment generally requires that government searches must be reasonable, which typically can be satisfied via a warrant. Searches at the border, however, traditionally occupy a special status in connection with U.S. Fourth Amendment law. Recognizing that “the government’s interest in … Continue reading

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Apple’s Dispute Over iTunes Data Collection May Have Implications for the Future of Mobile Payments

This post was co-authored by Marion Bergeret, Berkeley Law LL.M. Candidate 2013, and Babak Siavoshy, Teaching Fellow, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic.  Last month the California Supreme Court heard oral argument in Apple v. Superior Court (Krescent), a consumer class … Continue reading

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