CLIP-ings April 29, 2016

Internet Governance

No Method, No Madness: The FBI will not share with Apple the method used by a third-party hacker to gain access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone because the Bureau purchased the rights to neither the method employed nor details about any vulnerabilities exposed through its use.


“Likely Guilty”––But Not Yet: A Maryland judge suppressed evidence obtained through a stingray operation on the ground that, though the police had legal authorization to use the stingray to locate the suspect in his apartment, the police’s subsequent warrantless search of the apartment was unconstitutional.

Email Privacy Act Reprise: After the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Act earlier this month, the House of Representatives this week ratified the legislation, which would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant to access email and other digital communications older than 180 days.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

“We Are Dropping Cyberbombs” The Cyber Command, the NSA’s military counterpart, will for the first time begin to employ “computer-network attacks” against ISIS to disrupt its presence, message, and operations.

Intellectual Property

Your Secret Is Safe With Us: Both chambers of Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which would allow companies to bring federal civil suits and pursue damages for trade secret theft, and which would also pave the way for an enhanced dual state-federal trade secret law regime.

Free Expression

“How Do Ya Like Them Apples?”  Chinese authorities shut down Chinese consumers’ ability to purchase books and movies from Apple’s iTunes store without providing any reason for the ban.

Practice Note

A Lawsuit From A to Z: A federal district judge held Amazon liable for not having sufficient safeguards in place to prevent children from making purchases without their parents’ consent while using the company’s app; Amazon must refund the full price of any unauthorized purchases plus pay additional fines.

On The Lighter Side

Red Light, Green Light: Texting and walking just got safer in one city.

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

Carey McConnell and Idalys Núñez
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP