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When the Cloud Fails

When the Cloud Fails

  A buddy of mine, who does IT for a large company, recently shared an email he received from Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed ...

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An Alien Joins A Monkey

An Alien Joins A Monkey

  Last month I noted that Mailchimp re-wrote their terms of service, mostly ditching legalese and adopting plain language, in order to better serve their users. Not to be left out, Reddit just overhauled their Privacy Policy (discussion of policy), ditching ...

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Publius & Brutus: The Gun Debate

Publius & Brutus: The Gun Debate

  In the wake of the horrific tragedy of the Newtown shootings, President Obama is set to unveil new firearm control tomorrow. Firearms evoke a wide rage of opinions from people. Many people favor stricter regulations on the availability of ...

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You Don’t Own Anything – Instagram Edition

You Don’t Own Anything – Instagram Edition

  I’ve already told you about how you don’t own your video games. I’ve already told you about how you don’t own your books. And if you haven’t already heard, while you do own your photos, you’re licensing them away ...

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Secrets Are the Epitome of Cool

Secrets Are the Epitome of Cool

  Last Thursday, federal prosecutors charged two former stockbrokers (and recent law grads), Thomas Conradt of Denver and David Weishaus of Baltimore, with running an insider trading scheme. The nitty gritty of the details can be found in the complaint here. ...

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GPS, Drones, and Your Coming Complete Lack of Privacy in Public

GPS, Drones, and Your Coming Complete Lack of Privacy in Public

Show Notes: https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/filenode/scotusjones.pdf – US v. Jones Holding Tom Goldstein, Reactions to Jones v. United States: The government fared much better than everyone realizes, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 23, 2012, 4:07 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/01/reactions-to-jones-v-united-states-the-government-fared-much-better-than-everyone-realizes/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katz_v._United_States – No right to privacy in public http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_v._Riley ...

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Encryption and the Fifth Amendment (Video)

Encryption and the Fifth Amendment (Video)

  Here’s another video, this time dealing with claiming fifth amendment privilege in the face of being compelled to give up your passwords. Details on these cases can be found at these links. https://www.eff.org/cases/us-v-fricosu https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/filenode/OpinionDoe22312.pdf

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Your Laptop is NOT Private at US Customs

Your Laptop is NOT Private at US Customs

  It’s a little rough around the edges, but here is a video on encryption, US border crossings, and electronic devices. It’s based off of this post from about year ago about the USA v. Cotterman case. I put it ...

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