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CLIP-ings: October 19, 2012


Internet Governance

Crackdown on Fake Reviews: In an attempt to improve the quality of its content, Yelp now labels businesses caught trying to buy fake reviews with a “consumer alert.”


Verizon Tracks Users: The mobile carrier is selling customers’ browsing history and location and activity data, prompting concerns that it is violating the Wiretap Act.
Companies See Your “Likes”: Facebook allows some marketers to access information about what pages and products users have liked.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Voter Registration Vulnerable to Hackers: Online voter registration in Maryland and Washington makes it easier for hackers to access and change voter information, raising issues of security and voter fraud.
Deadly Pacemaker Hack: A number of pacemakers are vulnerable to hacks that cause them to deliver a lethal 830-volt shock.

Intellectual Property

New Court for Small Claims: In an effort to increase protection for owners who cannot afford expensive litigation, the United Kingdom created a “small claims track” for certain intellectual property lawsuits. 
1.45 Million Blogs Disrupted: A web-hosting firm temporarily shut down over a million educational blogs after a DMCA takedown notice directed at a single blog’s use of a copyrighted questionnaire.

Free Expression & Censorship

Twitter Censors Account in Germany: For the first time, the social network blocked access to an account belonging to a criminal German neo-Nazi group.

Practice Notes

The CFAA and Employment: Cullen and Dykman LLP explain how circuit courts differ in defining “authorization” in employment cases governed by the Computer Fraud Abuse Act.

On the Lighter Side

Parks and Tech: Tom Haverford on the horrors of life without technology.

Editorial Fellows: Megan Bright, Gabrielle Cojuangco, Austen Ishii