STLR Link Round-Up – March 13, 2015

Tracking License Plates The increasing use of Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology is causing concern. Police in Oakland, California recently released the data they have collected using the technology, and the sheer amount of information is astounding. Analysis by the Electronic Frontier Foundation revealed that as few as two patrol cars equipped with ALPRs could be responsible for collecting as many 63,272 data points. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ALPR technology uses high speed Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 13, 2015

Obama Announces ‘TechHire’ Jobs Initiative President Obama has announced a new $100 million grant program to train and hire new job seekers in the technology space. “TechHire” may not have the same ring as “America Works,” but the initiative plans to provide tech training and job placement opportunities in 20 regions across the country, with the help of 300 private sector employers. Together, these 20 regions have 120,000 openings in the technology sector, where some entry Continue Reading →

First Grocery Shopping and Now Courts: Unfolding the Proposed Online-Court System for the UK.

In the latest Civil Justice Council report, Professor Richard Susskind proposes to reduce expenses to the judicial system by establishing “Her Majesty’s Online Court” (HMOC), an Online Dispute Resolution system for civil court cases below £25,000. Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) has successfully allowed parties who are unable to meet face-to-face to negotiate and resolve their disputes over the internet. Most often, ODR has been used to bridge the gap between consumer and supplier in an online Continue Reading →

Grounding Delivery Drones

Amazon, an online retailer, made waves in 2013 when it announced its plans to develop drones to deliver its packages. The company was by no means the first to come up with the idea, a previously proposed airborne, taco delivery system whetted many appetites, but Amazon’s sheer success caused many to wonder if delivery would be changed forever. Plenty of naysayers opined that the service would never take off. With countless dangers out there for drones, ranging from birds of Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 6, 2015

Compuware the First Company to be  Fined $1.1 Million Under New Anti-Spam Law CRTC penalizes Quebec company for emails sent to consumers without their consent. The CRTC is preparing to mete out a $1.1 million fine against a company it accuses of “flagrantly” flouting Canada’s anti-spam legislation. This case represents the first time the CRTC has sought to impose a financial penalty under the anti-spam law, which came into effect last July.The CRTC alleges the company Continue Reading →

Legally Mandated Vaccinations

The recent measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and quickly spread to different parts of the country, with 107 cases in 14 states, has reignited debate over requiring laws that require parents to vaccinate their children. Currently, 48 states allow parents to forego vaccinating their children for religious reasons, while 19 states allow exemptions for personal or philosophical reasons.  Only two states — Mississippi and West Virginia — ban all nonmedical exemptions.  While there is Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 27, 2015

Internet Freedom Provided in Historic Net Neutrality Vote  The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality rules despite significant opposition from cable companies and Republicans. The historic vote ensures that Internet content consumers wish to access will be treated equally by Internet service providers, regardless of content. On-demand Internet streaming provider, Netflix, hailed the net neutrality vote as a win for consumers, which will help further regulate wired and wireless Internet access more like Continue Reading →

Regulators Seek to Keep Pace with a Quickly Evolving Market Structure

In 2005, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) established a series of rules known as Regulation NMS (National Market System) to promote transparency and efficiency in U.S. equity securities markets. However, advances in trading technology have frustrated the achievement of those goals. Private trading venues known as dark pools have increased tremendously in popularity since the adoption of Regulation NMS. Unlike traditional lit exchanges, dark pools do not display customer orders. This serves to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 20, 2015

High Profile Vulnerabilities Continue to Make Headlines Lenovo users found out that new laptops had come preinstalled with malicious code, known as Superfish. The code is hidden deep within Windows and is very difficult to find, raising the question of how it got there in the first place. Lenovo is providing a removal tool to its users. (CNET) Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security firm alleged that groups linked to the U.S. Government had embedded spyware Continue Reading →

The Legal Response to Revenge Porn

It is not uncommon for couples to break up on less than stellar terms. There is quite a difference, however, between deleting an ex’s phone number and posting nude pictures or videos of him or her on the Internet in order to cause embarrassment or fallout with friends and family. This phenomenon, known as revenge porn, has increasingly received attention from the nation’s lawmakers and pro bono attorneys. This attention culminated in October of 2013, Continue Reading →