Specter, Leahy introduce Personal Data Privacy and Security Act

Reacting to the current troubling situation regarding data security and privacy in the U.S., two powerful senators introduced legislation yesterday designed to better protect sensitive personal information. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) — the two most powerful members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — put forward the “Data Privacy and Security […]

Proposed Export Rules Could Stifle Innovation

Update: Many organizations filed comments with BIS (the rumor has it around 200). The only one that we have seen so far (besides the CRA link at the bottom) is by the Association of American Universities. Apparently many business groups filed as well, including several IT and trade associations. We’ll post links to the big […]

Grokster Ruling: Supremes Preserve Betamax Standard, Turn Toward “Active Inducement”

Update: Press Release from USACM is below. Original Post 6/27/05: At 10:30 this morning things looked bleak for the technology industry as headlines raced across the wire “Grokster Loses in Unanimous Decision.” Now that the dust has settled a bit, the Supreme Court’s decision actually looks quite balanced. (Justice Souter wrote the opinion of the […]

Grokster Ruling: Supremes Preserve Betamax Standard, Turn Toward "Active Inducement"

Update: Press Release from USACM is below. Original Post 6/27/05: At 10:30 this morning things looked bleak for the technology industry as headlines raced across the wire “Grokster Loses in Unanimous Decision.” Now that the dust has settled a bit, the Supreme Court’s decision actually looks quite balanced. (Justice Souter wrote the opinion of the […]

The Supremes Rule Against Grokster

Update: We have a much more in-depth analysis and press release posted here. This from the SCOTUS blog on the Grokster case (which we have covered in the past): “Grokster, StreamCast Lose The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that developers of software violate federal copyright law when they provide computer users with the means to share […]

Latest data breach may fuel the push for federal regulation of data security

The NY Times has more information (and two follow-up articles) about the staggering loss of data at a credit card transaction processing company that came to light over the weekend: The security breach was first reported Friday when MasterCard International said a lapse at CardSystems had allowed the installation of a rogue computer program that […]