Category: Cybersecurity

April 30, 2012

CISPA, Approved by House, Poses Threat to Internet Freedom

SOPA and PIPA, as legislative efforts to deal with online piracy and other infringing activity, have gone the way of the Edsel. But their next of kin, a new bill known as CISPA, has made it through the House, passing 248 to 168. It too seems unlikely to become law, as the White House has… Read More

April 26, 2012

U.N. Should Keep Its Hands Off the Internet

In March 2012, a resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would urge the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations to oppose any resolution that would regulate the Internet. It is unfortunate that it turns out to be necessary to forestall Internet regulation at the U.N. level, but that appears to… Read More

April 23, 2012

Suspect Extradited From Estonia to Face Massive Internet Fraud Charges

One of the features of crimes committed over the Internet is that they may be committed from anywhere in the world where a defendant has access a computer. A current case in New York shows that extradition likewise can reach around the globe. On April 19, 2012, Anton Ivanov was extradited from Estonia to face… Read More

February 22, 2012

Developers of New Apps Need to Consider Privacy Issues

There’s been much talk of Google’s upcoming streamlined privacy policy. Now come new demands for cleaner, user-friendly data collection and usage disclosures in the mobile app world. Two recent events highlight changes that online advertisers and app developers need to prepare for: (1) a letter from Congressmen Henry Waxman and G.K. Butterfield to Apple regarding… Read More

February 6, 2012

New Google Policy Reminds Us All of Trade-Off Between Privacy and Efficiency

There has been much noise over Google’s new privacy policy, which is slated to take effect on March 1. It has been a cacophony of cheers and protestations. Some think the new policy brings clarity and transparency, while others complain it leaves consumers without control over their information. Above the hubbub, one thing is clear:… Read More

December 21, 2011

FTC Will Propose Broader Children’s Online Privacy Safeguards

Speaking at a Dec. 15 Capitol Hill forum on children’s and teens’ online privacy, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said that the agency is recommending that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) expand the definition of personally identifiable information. Leibowitz explained that he supports expanding the definition of “personally identifiable information” to include geolocation… Read More

October 19, 2011

Inside the Privacy Event Keynoted By FTC Chair Leibowitz

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz delivered the keynote speech at a forum on Internet privacy on Oct. 11, 2011. He was part of a panel that discussed the protection of consumer data and the tracking of online consumer behavior. The Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society also released a study the same… Read More

May 18, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, May 1-13

This is the fifth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Bank Hit With FCA Complaint Over Mortgage Lending The Justice Department uses a Civil-War era statute in a very unusual context – to try to recover more than… Read More

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

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