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By SafeGov Contributor, Bryan Cunningham. A strange — and strangely unnoticed — trend is emerging in the evolving global response to massive 2013 leaks about US surveillance activities. While our European cousins talk privacy reform, the United States is actually moving ahead with it, albeit more slowly than many would like. As the American side… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov. The EC investigation of Android has implications for privacy as well as antitrust This week the European Commission took not one but two momentous actions against Google. The first — which has received the lion’s share of media attention — was the filing of formal antitrust charges accusing Google of abuse of dominance in online… » read more

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By SafeGov Contributor, Paul Rosenzweig. The world’s cyber network is growing exponentially. As it grows, criminality and malfeasance have followed. But law enforcement is, unfortunately, still mired in a nation-based system of police cooperation – the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty process – that has not kept up with the pace of the new domain. It… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov. The seemingly endless stream of revelations from Edward Snowden about the surveillance activities of U.S. intelligence agencies have put the EU in a bind. Despite the occasional dark suspicions of American officials and media that the goal of EU policy is to hobble American power and influence, the truth is quite… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov. A new survey by privacy advocate SafeGov of parents in a large American city confirms what most sensible people already believed: parents want corporate-sponsored advertising out of our schools. After spending much of the past two years asking parents in a dozen foreign countries how they feel about online privacy and… » read more

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By SafeGov Contributor, Professor Daniel J. Solove. The law regulating government surveillance and information gathering in the United States is in dire need of reform. This law, which consists of the Fourth Amendment and several statutes, was created largely in the 1970s and 1980s and has become woefully outdated. The result is that law enforcement… » read more

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By SafeGov Contributor, Michael Chertoff. Because they instinctively and practically recognize this similarity, American citizens increasingly want equivalent privacy protections for their own electronic and telephonic communications. They want law enforcement in the U.S. to be responsive to their new customs and practices. Through our work with tech companies, we also know that these outdated… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov. A group of American senators from both parties are offering Europe an olive branch in the transatlantic war of words over Internet surveillance. Concretely, they propose to update the antiquated 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by putting tighter limits on when and how U.S. courts can access electronic data stored… » read more

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By SafeGov Contributor, David Canellos. The cloud empowers us with the flexibility to access data anytime and anywhere, but it’s where that data actually is processed and resides (think servers) that is driving debate and confusion between technologists, regulators and cloud users. To get a grasp of the issue, several countries have begun to implement… » read more

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By SafeGov Contributor, Michael Chertoff. If we don’t figure out a new way of resolving legal conflicts, the universal Web as we know it may soon be Balkanized. Global companies will be subject to competing and inconsistent legal demands—one country may require disclosure of information that another country prohibits from being disclosed. The inevitable result… » read more

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