Category: Cybersecurity Law

May 11, 2011

Since When Did the FTC Start Regulating Cyber Security?

There’s no question that the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to prevent deceptive and unfair trade practices, such as false or misleading claims directed at consumers. Somehow, however, that authority has morphed into a much broader reach than one would have expected on the basis of common sense. We’ve written extensively about such jurisdictional… Read More

February 9, 2011

Those iPad Hackers Were Probably Seeking Publicity, Not Profit

The two iPad hackers who obtained the personal data of approximately 120,000 iPad users by exploiting a security weakness in AT&T’s resubscription page are now facing federal charges and potential jail time. After the hackers publicized their activities, the FBI started an investigation that ended with criminal charges against the hackers. The hackers were charged… Read More

December 1, 2010

Not the Right Solution to Online Privacy Concerns

It has been widely reported that the Obama administration will soon announce a proposal designed to strengthen consumer privacy on the Internet. The plan, calling for new laws and a new “watchdog” position to oversee the effort, is expected to be part of an upcoming Commerce Department report. The concern about online privacy is well… Read More

December 1, 2010

Not the Right Solution to Online Privacy Concerns

It has been widely reported that the Obama administration will soon announce a proposal designed to strengthen consumer privacy on the Internet. The plan, calling for new laws and a new “watchdog” position to oversee the effort, is expected to be part of an upcoming Commerce Department report. The concern about online privacy is well… Read More

July 13, 2010

Is NSA Becoming Too Intrusive in Efforts to Stop Cyber-Crime?

The Wall Street Journal has just reported that the National Security Agency is planning to deploy electronic “sensors” in the private computer networks of major companies around the nation. The idea is to detect cyber-attacks by outside forces against companies involved in critical infrastructure like electric or nuclear plants. Cyber-terrorism is a real threat, and… Read More

May 18, 2010

What Is Cyberwar?

At a blue-ribbon Worldwide Cybersecurity Conference in Dallas from May 3 to May 5, 2010, media reports noted that some discussion focused on the use of the term ”cyberwar,” which is often used to refer to the activities of hackers and others who steal online secrets, disrupt computer systems and other infrastructure, and engage in… Read More

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