CLIP-ings: June 18, 2021

Internet Governance

Lina Khan Named FTC Chair Shortly After Confirmation: In an unusual move, President Biden elevated the newly confirmed commissioner to chair mere hours after her confirmation, which potentially signals that the administration plans to take an aggressive antitrust enforcement approach against Big Tech companies.   

CJEU Clarifies One-Stop-Shop Rule For Privacy Investigations: In a ruling that could expose tech companies to more GDPR cases in the EU, the Court of Justice of the European Union held that despite the one-stop-shop rule, which provides that companies are subject to GDPR enforcement only by the supervisory authorities of the member states in which they have their main establishment, other member states’ supervisory authorities may also take enforcement action if certain conditions are met. 
Information Security and Cyberthreats

Second Major Internet Outage In Ten Days Cripples Websites: This time, a system failure at content delivery network Akmai Technologies caused outages at banks, airlines, and stock exchanges around the globe; affected companies reported minor disruptions and have returned to service.

Peloton Bike+ Vulnerable To Hacking: A cybersecurity company reported a vulnerability that allows hackers to potentially install apps to steal users’ login information and spy on riders via remote access to a bike’s camera and microphone; public-facing bikes, such as those in gyms and hotels, are most at-risk, as hackers need to physically access the bike’s USB port to exploit the vulnerability.
Free Expression and Censorship

Facebook Removes Fake Accounts In Lead-Up To Ethiopia’s Election: The accounts, which were linked to individuals associated with the country’s Information Network Security Agency and which posted about the Prosperity Party, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and U.S. sanctions, were removed for violating the platform’s rules against misleading and inauthentic behavior.  
Practice Note

SCOTUS Gives LinkedIn Second Crack At Preventing Scraping: The 9th Circuit previously rejected the company’s allegation that competitor hiQ’s scraping publicly available information off LinkedIn’s platform violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but the Court remanded the case in light of its recent ruling in Van Buren v. United States, which limited the Act’s applicability.  
On the Lighter Side

“Warning Lights” For Your Body: The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated research into the extent to which wearable devices such as Apple Watches, Oura rings, and Fitbits can operate as predictors of illness. 
Olivier Sylvain Academic Director, Fordham CLIP
Tom Norton Executive Director, Fordham CLIP