CLIP-ings: March 8, 2019

Internet Governance

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself:  House Democrats reintroduced new legislation that would restore the net neutrality protections that were repealed in 2017; while the bill faces an uphill battle towards becoming law, commentators suggest that its introduction keeps the net neutrality debate alive leading into the 2020 presidential election.


Facebook Privacy Shift: Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook plans to morph into a “privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform” that emphasizes, among other things, private interactions, encryption, content ephemerality, safety, interoperability, and security.

Google Keeps Tracking App: Google declined to remove the controversial app Absher from the Google Play Store after concluding that it does not violate the company’s terms and conditions; the Saudi government-backed app has drawn criticism from U.S. lawmakers for its use of features that allow Saudi men to track and control the travel of women.

Information Security & Cyberthreats  

Avalanche Of Security Risks: App-connected wireless speakers designed for use inside ski helmets were revealed to have significant security flaws that allow potential hackers to discern a user’s precise geolocation, listen in on their conversations, and acquire their email, username, and phone number.

Hackers Target Instagram Influencers: Hackers claiming to be from the “Instagram Verify Team” are using phishing schemes to gain control of Instagram influencers’ accounts and are threatening account deletion unless users pay a ransom or, in some cases, send nude pictures.

Intellectual Property

Supreme Court To Hear Patent Expense Case: The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Iancu v. NantKwest Inc. to decide whether the phrase “[a]ll the expenses of the proceedings” in 35 U.S.C. § 145 encompasses personnel expenses incurred by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when its attorneys and employees defend it in Section 145 litigation.

 Free Expression & Censorship

Google Bans Political Ads In Canada: Google will ban political advertising on its platform ahead of the country’s 2019 federal election in light of the new Bill C-76, which passed in December 2018 and requires online platforms to keep a registry of all political advertisements they publish.

 On the Lighter Side

 “ji32k7au4a83”: Data breach repository Have I Been Pwnd found that this seemingly random password has been seen in over a hundred data breaches; the password transliterates from a Mandarin keyboard to “my password” in English. 


CLIP Academic Director Joel Reidenberg recently appeared in an NBC News THINK video segment titled The Hidden Dangers of DNA Tests: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

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

Tom Norton 
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Praatika Prasad
Quinn Nicholas D’Isa 
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP