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CLIP-ings: November 16, 2012

 

Internet Governance

Web Browser an Election Issue: A South Korean presidential candidate promised, if elected, to eliminate an encryption standard that favors Internet Explorer.
High-Speed Internet Service Launched: Google began connecting residents in Kansas City to its high-speed Internet service this week.

Privacy

Facial Recognition as a Service: A company in Japan launched a cloud-based facial recognition service that allows merchants to track their customers.
ECPA and the Affair: FBI agents may not have needed a warrant to look through former CIA Director David Petraeus’ draft e-mails to Paula Broadwell.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Cybersecurity Bill Killed: The U.S. Senate voted not to proceed on a bill that would have increased information sharing between the government and private business and created cybersecurity standards.
SEC Computers Vulnerable: The Securities and Exchange Commission spent $200,000 to protect highly-sensitive information after the agency failed to encrypt its computers.

Intellectual Property

Patent Settlement: Apple and HTC settled all of their patent lawsuits and agreed to a 10-year license for their current and future patents.

Free Expression & Censorship

Cyber-Stalking and the First Amendment: The FBI’s investigation of the e-mails sent by Paula Broadwell to Jill Kelley raises concerns over the scope of federal cyber-stalking laws.

Practice Notes

Apps and California Privacy Law: Morrison & Foerster explains how mobile apps can comply with California’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

On the Lighter Side

CIA CYA: A new disclaimer from the legal department.

Editorial Fellows: Megan Bright, Gabrielle Cojuangco, Austen Ishii