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A Summary of Online Pre-settlement Litigation Funding Legislation

By Mary Ellen Richardson, Candidacy Editor on Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Online pre-settlement litigation funding, or more causally known as online “lawsuit lending,” is a persistent problem affecting litigation and the courts. These companies lend money primarily over the Internet and the ability of consumers, their attorneys, the courts, or even the government to have sufficient knowledge of what consumers are agreeing to when taking one…

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The Data Revolution: Are You In The Know?

By Anisha Mehta, Symposium Editor on Monday, November 10th, 2014

We are in the next phase of the Internet.  Big data is an all-encompassing term for the collection of large and complex data sets that requires in-depth analyses.  The data is found in modes of sharing, storing, transfer, visualization, capture, curation, and even privacy violations.  It is apparent that individuals’ expectations of privacy on the…

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NSA laws causing far reaching global problems

By Michael Greene, Solicitation Editor on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Since the revelations of the vast NSA surveillance programs, following the information leaks by Edward Snowden in 2013, foreign nations have been focusing on efforts to limit the access that these surveillance programs have in their lands. Brazil is one of these nations that have taken drastic measures to insulate themselves, and their communications from…

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Whisper Woes

By Jennifer Hunter, Production Editor on Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Recently, the Guardian published an expose about the popular secret-sharing app, Whisper.  Whisper, launched in 2012, allows users post and view their most intimate secrets with complete anonymity . . . or, at least that’s what they claim.  If what the Guardian published is true, Whisper users are in for a surprise because their “whispers”…

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California Strengthens Privacy Laws with Additional Data Breach Provisions and SOPIPA

By Meredith Mays Espino, Solicitation Editor on Friday, October 10th, 2014

On September 30, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law CA AB 1710, which expands data breach provisions already in place in California.  The new law provides for credit monitoring standards for those entities who offer it to their data breach victims, expands protections to include businesses that maintain personal information about California residents, and…

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Wearable Payment Methods and Identity Theft

By Richard “Joe” Cook, Managing Editor on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

With the advent of Apple’s new Apple Watch and its ability to pay for products wirelessly, privacy concerns are already being raised. See Brian X. Chen & Steven Lohr.  The watch makes payments even faster and easier than before. While proponents of these devices tout the security of these devices, criminals will assuredly find ways…

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Bitcoin and Illegal Activity: Silk Road Defendants Pled Guilty on September 4, 2014

By Ann Daniels, Lead Production Editor on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

On September 4, 2014 in the Southern District of New York, Charlie Shrem, the CEO of “Bitinstant.com,” a Bitcoin exchange company, and Robert Faiella, “Silk Road Dealer” pled guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. This federal charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Silk Road was an online black-market website…

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Location-Based Heartbreak: The Privacy of Dating Application Users is at Risk

By Carlos E. Carabajal, Production Editor on Friday, September 12th, 2014

To date, or not to date, that is the question—at least in 2014. Cell phones have essentially taken over the social life of most Americans and virtually anything can be done on them. One of those things is online dating. There are various dating applications that the general public can download to their cell phone…

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What We Can Learn About Cloud Storage From The Recent iCloud Leak

By Adam Florek, Editor-in-Chief on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Over Labor Day weekend explicit photographs of a number of female celebrities were published online by an unknown Hacker.  Originally, the images were posted on 4Chan by the anonymous individual and later re-posted to Reddit. Of course the publication of such sensitive photos raises a number of issues: what recourse does Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton,…

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