CLIP-ings: February 5, 2016

Internet Governance

Safe, For Now: United States and European Union officials reached an agreement on privacy obligations to replace the recently expired Safe Harbor data transfer framework; the agreement still must be approved by the European Commission and analysts expect it to be challenged in European courts.


Super Bowl MCMLXXXIV: Over sixty local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies announced they will be surveilling Super Bowl attendees this weekend but have declined to specify which tracking methods they will use and how they will store the data.

Google Me Not: University of California, Berkeley students filed suit against Google, claiming it violated the Electronic Communication Privacy Act by scanning their “academic-affiliated” Gmail accounts for analytical data to sell to advertisers, despite its pledge to cease this practice.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

Bank Heist? A rising threat to banking security are bank tellers, who are susceptible to bribes for selling consumer information due to their access to sensitive information and low pay.

Intellectual Property

Full Court Press: Solid Oak Sketches filed suit against Take-Two Interactive for copyright infringement over the video game company’s use of several NBA players’ tattoo designs in its NBA 2K16 game, which Solid Oak had licensed from the tattoo artists.

Free Expression And Censorship

Down With The Media: Internet censorship by Southeast Asian governments is increasing with Indonesia blocking Netflix; Malaysia banning media site Medium due to corruption claims; and Thailand pressuring Google, Facebook, and Line to censor content.

Practice Note

Patents In SCOTUS: The Supreme Court will review several patent cases this term including ePlus v. Lawson, examining whether an administrative agency may “override a federal court’s judgment on a question of law,” and Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics, reviewing the willfulness doctrine and its effect on enhanced damages.

On The Lighter Side

Bird Against The Machine: Police in the Netherlands are training eagles to prey on drones to help enforce no-fly zones.

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

Victoria Geronimo
Dean’s Fellow, Fordham CLIP

Carey McConnell and Idalys Núñez
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

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