CLIP-ings: January 25, 2013Internet Governance
French Internet Tax Proposed: A report commissioned by French President Francois Hollande recommends an Internet tax on the collection of personal data in order to raise revenue from large technology companies.
Google Requiring Warrants: Following its latest transparency report, the company announced that it routinely demands probable-cause warrants from government agencies that request user data even though it says it is not required to do so under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Body Scanners Removed: The TSA will start pulling its controversial “backscatter” x-ray devices from airports in March due to the manufacturer’s failure to install privacy software on the machines.
WiFi Privacy: A federal district court in Oregon ruled that law enforcement agents who accessed files shared over an unsecured wireless network without a search warrant violated a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Twitter Bug: A security firm discovered that a flaw in Twitter’s API may allow third-party apps unauthorized access to users’ private messages when users sign in with their Twitter accounts.
“Gaymer” Trademark in Dispute: After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the owner of the “gaymer” mark, a group of gay and lesbian gamers from Reddit enlisted EFF to cancel the registered mark and return the word to the public domain.
Apple’s No-Hire Patent Scandal: According to public court filings, former CEO Steve Jobs threatened to file a patent lawsuit against tech company Palm if that company’s chief executive did not agree to refrain from poaching Apple employees.
Free Expression & Censorship
North Korea to Allow Cell Phones: Just a few weeks after Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt traveled to North Korea, the country is easing some of its cell phone rules and has lifted a ban prohibiting foreign visitors from bringing cell phones into the country.
Social Media Ban Overturned: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an Indiana law prohibiting sex offenders from using social networking sites violates the First Amendment.
How Not to Draft Social Media Policies: Christopher Hopkins outlines a number of employer social media policies that the National Labor Relations Board recently found to be in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
On the Lighter Side
Bowl-ing Alone: Chicken Soup for the Techie Soul.
Editorial Fellws: Megan Bright & Austen Ishii