Google, Viacom Ruling Limits Scope Of Video Privacy Actions

The New Jersey Ruling on re: Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation, MDL number 2443 suggests that there will be a decline in the “popularity” of VPPA suits, the Law360 article “Google, Viacom Ruling Limits Scope of Video Privacy Actions” reports. In the article, Marc Zwillinger talks about the decision’s ability to set precedence for future cases because it “adopts a very common-sense understanding of the VPPA – that specific information alleged to be disclosed to make out a violation of the VPPA be information that, without more, is akin to a name.”

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4 Ways To Build An Internet Gaming Practice

For companies looking to enter the online gambling and gaming industry, Ken Dreifach talks with Law360 in the article “4 Ways To Build an Internet Gaming Practice” about the need for attorneys to use and understand their client’s products. “If you’re just sitting at your desk looking at statutes and case law, without playing the game, you’re not going to be able to fully evaluate the game and give valuable advice.”

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Hulu Ruling Casts Doubt on Large-Scale Privacy Class Actions

Jeff Landis weighs in on the court’s refusal to certify a class action against Hulu due to the difficulty in verifying if each user’s info was actually transmitted to Facebook.

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NSA Reform Bill Offers Little Help To Embattled Companies

Regarding the USA Freedom Act designed to curb the NSA’s bulk telephone record collection, Marc Zwillinger was quoted in Law360 saying, “The passed version seems to embrace additional ambiguity and may still allow for forms of bulk collection — narrower than all calls, but broader than the specificity needed to isolate the traffic for known individuals.”

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Chinese Cybercrime Suspected for Years

After the Attorney General announced charges against five members of the Chinese Army for hacking and stealing six U.S. company’s trade secrets, Marc Zwillinger spoke with CNBC about the historic indictment

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Apple, Facebook, Others Defy Authorities, Increasingly Notify Users of Secret Data Demands After Snowden Revelations

The Washington Post reported that tech giants such as Apple and Microsoft are updating their policies to notify users of government data seizures. Regarding this update Marc Zwillinger was quoted saying, “Post-Snowden, there is a greater desire to compete on privacy,” said Zwillinger, “Companies have had notice policies and cared about these issues for years. It’s only now that it’s being discussed at the CEO level.”

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FISA Authority and Blanket Surveillance: A Gatekeeper Without Opposition

Surveillance and espionage were once practices ordinary Americans only read about in novels or saw in movie theaters. That is no longer true. America is at the center of a worldwide communications network. It is home to the world’s most popular telecommunications, email, instant message, and video chat providers. Because of America’s unique role, hundreds of millions of users send communications through American soil. At the same time, America’s enemies have grown from nation-states, like the Soviet Union, to small cells of terrorists that use ordinary communications networks. Taken together, it is not surprising that signals intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA), which intercept and analyze these signals, would seek and use surveillance powers to conduct more surveillance at home.

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Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests for Electronic Evidence

Marc Zwillinger weighs-in about the inconsistency of decisions regarding court requests for cell phone and personal data in this Washington Post article

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Prosecutors Assailed for Broad Asks

“Granting search authority to service providers would present its own challenges, said Marc Zwillinger of Wash­ing­ton’s ZwillGen, which focuses on privacy and security work. It could tighten existing tensions between Internet service providers and the government, he said.”

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Harvard Professor Attacking Google Thrives as Web Sheriff

Ken Dreifach is quoted in Bloomberg Technology about Harvard professor and “part internet sleuth,” Benjamin Edelman

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