STLR Link Roundup – November 22, 2019

Global Blood secures FDA approval for new pill to treat sickle cell disease Global Blood Therapeutics, an international pharmaceutical company, was given an accelerated approval by the FDA, for their drug, Oxybryta. The accelerated approval means that a follow-up clinical trial will still be needed. The move was surprising: it came three months ahead of time, but more importantly, was based on a mode of showing efficacy. The FDA usually gives approval for such drugs Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 15, 2019

Twitter’s New Rules Ban Political Ads from Candidates but Not Ads About Causes Twitter released revised rules regarding advertising political content today. The rules come in response to growing concerns about the ease with which politicians can weaponize social media platforms and pay to promote falsehoods. Moving forward, businesses and activists will be able to pay to promote messages around broadly defined political causes, but will not be permitted to advocate for or against particular Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 8, 2019

‘Game-Changer’ Warrant Let Detective Search Genetic Database A detective in Florida recently announced the approval of a warrant to search consumer DNA company GEDmatch’s full DNA database in what appears to be the first instance of a judge approving such a warrant. The largest consumer DNA databases, Ancestry.com and 23andMe, have long pledged to keep their users’ genetic information private, resisting requests for access from law enforcement. GEDmatch had previously cooperated with police investigations before Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 1, 2019

Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Jack Dorsey Says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that Twitter will ban all political advertisements on its platform. This announcement runs in stark contrast with social media giant, Facebook.  Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier in October that Facebook would allow politicians to run any claims, even false ones, in ads on Facebook. Mr. Zuckerberg stated that Facebook’s company policy was one that encouraged free expression. Google Wants Safeguards Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 25, 2019

Warren and Wyden Call for FTC to Investigate Amazon over Capital One Breach The Capital One data breach in March this year was one of the biggest data breaches ever reported, with 140,000 customer social security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers compromised. Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted the Capital One database that was breached. The alleged hacker, a former AWS employee, gained access to the data through a “misconfiguration” of a firewall on a Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 18, 2019

Apple Removes App that Helps Hong Kong Protesters Track the Police On October 9th, Apple removed the app “KHmap.live” from the app store in response to criticism from Chinese media stating that the app allowed protestors in Hong Kong to track the police. Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the removal, claiming that “the app was being used maliciously to target individual officers for violence,” and thus violated Apple rules and local laws. Mr. Cook Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 26, 2019

“Facebook Investigated in Ireland Over Mishandled Passwords” The Irish Data Protection Commission announced on Thursday, April 25, 2019 that an investigation has been opened by an Irish data regulator into Facebook’s mishandling of passwords for millions of users. Facebook commented on the alleged mishandling passwords in March, saying that it did not “properly mask” passwords for many of its users, instead storing the passwords as plain text in an internal database that Facebook’s staff had Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 25, 2019

“Tech and Privacy Groups Hate the Census Citizenship Question” Although business leaders in the tech industry and prominent privacy advocates usually stay on opposite sides of the aisle, the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census has these players on the same team. Both groups filed (separate) amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in advance of oral argument on the issue, which took place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Privacy Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 9, 2019

Proposed Amendment to the CCPA Would Create a Private Right of Action for All Violators After the enactment of the GDPR in May 2018, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 was a “first-in-the-nation regulatory overhaul” for data protection. “The CCPA expanded consumer data protection laws by requiring large businesses operating in California to, among other things, notify their customers about the nature of their data collection (including what type of data is being collected Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 6, 2019

Federal Circuit Agrees Purdue’s OxyContin Anti-Tampering Patent Is Obvious On April 4, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a November 2017 decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidating a Purdue Pharma LP patent covering a way to make its OxyContin painkiller resistant to abuse. According to Purdue, the patent covered the use of a hot-melt extrusion process which yielded a “core matrix” of magnesium stearate, oxycodone, and Continue Reading →