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December 5, 2015

Copyright Sleuths May Be Targeting Universities

The growth of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks has enabled music and entertainment lovers to download content more easily. It has also created a windfall for copyright infringement lawsuits, with much of the activity focused on college students.

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, a copyright owner is entitled to issue a subpoena for an ISP to learn the identity of someone accused of copyright infringement, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).


EFF, ISPs and other groups fought the subpoena power in 2003, but lost what it described as the first rounds of the court battle. Between August and September of 2003, [...]

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December 4, 2015

The Empire Strikes Back: Google Refutes EFF Privacy Claims

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently lodged a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google’s seemingly benign student Chromebook program is in fact a data privacy nightmare, in so many words. The complaint begins by noting that Google is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge, which is an industry-wide effort to provide data privacy protections for kindergarten to high school students. Then, it outlines the ways it believes it has identified Google, which thrives on data collection and usage,violating the pledge.

First, when students are logged in to their Google for Education accounts, student personal information […] is collected, [...]

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April 21, 2015

Career Hacker Fleeced by the FBI in Syracuse

Last Thursday, veteran hacker Chris Roberts made a huge mistake. He was enjoying the in-flight WiFi on a United Airlines flight from his home base in Denver to Syracuse, New York when he noticed that certain things were visible to him. Here’s the tweet heard ’round the world:

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February 22, 2015

EFF Wants a Fair Use-style DMCA Provision

“When you buy a video game, you expect to be able to play it for as long as you want. You expect be able to play it with your kids many years from now if you want (well, maybe not Grand Theft Auto),” writes Harvard law student Kendra Albert. She, with the backing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), is petitioning the US Copyright Office for a modification to the ever-controversial Digitial Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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