CLIP-ings: November 6, 2015

Internet Governance

What Does Spokeo Know About You? During oral arguments in a Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit against the people-search engine Spokeo, the Supreme Court considered whether inaccurate consumer information posted on the site constitutes an actual injury to the plaintiff and a potential class of plaintiffs.

Sly Fox: Mozilla announced an update to Firefox’s private browsing mode providing heightened privacy controls that block third-party tracking scripts used to identify an individual.


SnapTrap: Snapchat’s latest terms of service grant the company a “world-wide, perpetual, royalty-free” license to, among other things, reproduce, modify, and broadcast user pictures uploaded to its “Live Story” feature.

Stingray Privacy Act: The House proposed the Cell-Site Simulator Act of 2015, which would require state and local agencies to obtain a search warrant before using stingray surveillance devices.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

Masked Hack: Websites using anti-adblocking service PageFair exposed their visitors to a malware attack disguised as an Adobe Flash update.

Intellectual Property

It’s A Legal World After All: In anticipation of Disney’s first theme park in China, Chinese officials will carry out a “special” year-long campaign to safeguard Disney’s trademarks by cracking down on counterfeits online.

Free Expression And Censorship

Offensive Defense: In a brief appealing a district court ruling, the Washington Redskins argued that revoking six of its trademarks violated the First Amendment because trademarks are not government speech and thus cannot be cancelled on the basis of offensiveness.

On The Lighter Side

First Issue: Super Jobs saves the day by tackling iTunes’ terms and conditions.

Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law and Founding Academic Director, CLIP

N. Cameron Russell
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Thomas B. Norton
Privacy Fellow, Fordham CLIP

Tory Geronimo
Dean’s Fellow, Fordham CLIP

Noelle Park & Inés Spinnato
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

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