CLIP-ings: September 9, 2016

Internet Governance

European Broadband to Change? Europe may give control of broadband regulations to smaller bodies in individual countries rather than maintain current regulations at the European level that require companies that install broadband in residences to rent access to other businesses at a fair price.


Microsoft’s Fight Against DOJ Gag Orders: Apple, Google, and Mozilla are among several tech companies supporting Microsoft in its legal battle against the Department of Justice by filing an amicus brief asserting the unconstitutionality of aspects of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which allows the government to use gag orders to prevent companies from notifying their users when the government seizes data.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

Google Adding Transparency to Safe Browsing: Google, which employs “Safe Browsing,” a technology that uses robots to create a list of websites that host malware, harmful downloads, or deceptive ads and pages and then blocks those sites from web users, has updated its Search Console to offer otherwise unknowing webmasters more information about why their sites have been blacklisted.

Spyware Data for Sale:  An Israeli company called NSO Group is just one of dozens of spyware companies that offer international governments and law enforcement agencies a service that allows traceless collection of data from private smartphones, including collection of text messages, contacts, calendars, emails, and GPS locations.

Intellectual Property

Apple’s Trademark Applications Provide Clues: Even prior to Apple’s most recent launch, a look into its trademark applications revealed details of the upcoming products, such as the number of iPhones being released and that Apple was indeed the company behind “Airpods.”

Free Expression and Censorship

Cuba’s Text Message Censorship: The communist government in Cuba is censoring text messages by blocking the transmission of those that contain any of 30 keywords such as “democracy,” “human rights,” and “hunger strike,” while marking the messages as “sent” on the sender’s phone.

Using Google and YouTube to Reverse-Brainwash Potential ISIS Recruits: Jigsaw, a Google think tank, is developing a program to deter those attracted to ISIS propaganda by placing advertisement links next to Google search results for keywords such as “jihad,” which direct the viewer to YouTube videos containing anti-ISIS messages.

Practice Note

FIDO Alliance Seeks to Standardize Biometrics: As authentication security, specifically biometric identification and fingerprints, are becoming a more prominent way of securing information than using passwords, the FIDO Alliance is seeking to standardize the method behind using biometrics in a world where companies are currently developing their own methods, often in isolation.

On the Lighter Side

Selfie Drone: Dobby, a foldable, pocket-sized, voice-enabled selfie drone that can track targets and even take photos while doing barrel rolls, is now available in China, Europe, and the US.

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

Editorial Fellows, CLIP
Nadia Kashem
Meghna Prasad