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 →

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 →

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 →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 13, 2015

Intra District split further complicates personal jurisdiction in Patent Law. The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has been the latest jurisdiction to become a patent litigation hotbed, with patent law in general surging over the last decade.  The district has long been home to corporations, with over 50% of all publicly traded companies in the United States incorporating in Delaware today.  Housing such a diverse and large number of companies in Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 02, 2015

Climate Change at the Forefront Climate change has found purchase with Republican voters, half of whom now support government action to combat the global threat, and nearly as many of whom are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change (though the cause of climate changes remains a divisive issue). This development could be a boon for President Obama as he seeks to pass his budget for the federal government, which includes Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Dec. 5, 2014

France Pushes for Universal “Right to be Forgotten” France is pushing for the so-called “right to be forgotten” to be adopted globally. The right to be forgotten arises out of a ruling by the European Court of Justice this past May, which held that companies like Google cannot provide links to information that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 28, 2014

New Technology and the Practice of Law The Hackathon phenomenon spread into the legal industry over the last few years as young lawyers in groups like Legal Hackers push to develop modern legal tools. The organization was formed in 2011 by Brooklyn Law students with help from Brooklyn Law School’s Incubator and Policy clinic. Its events have spawned numerous, diverse legal apps such as PaperHealth (creates living wills and health care proxies on a smartphone), Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 13, 2014

President Obama on Net Neutrality On November 10th, 2014, the White House uploaded a video and website in support of Net Neutrality. President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to apply Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act to Internet service providers (ISP). While the president acknowledged the FCC’s independent decision-making power, many commentators see the move as very influential. Until this point, the FCC had been working on a hybrid plan designed to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 6, 2014

Compelled Fingerprinting: The next development in what could be called IOs 8 Jurisprudence: a Virginia Circuit Court held that the 5th Amendment provides no protection for a Defendant forced to provide his fingerprint to unlock his phone. Professor and tech law writer Orin Kerr writes that the holding “is just a state court trial ruling, not an appellate decision. So it’s interesting more for its reasoning than its precedential value.” In dicta, the Court also Continue Reading →