Apple, Google Give In To Putin, Remove Opposition Election App

In August 2020, Alexei Navalny, the jailed Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist whom the Wall Street Journal calls “the man Vladimir Putin fears most”, was medically evacuated to Berlin after being poisoned by a nerve agent that was linked to Russia’s Federal Security Service. He returned to Russia in January 2021 and was arrested…

FTC Not Backing Down in Facebook Antitrust Lawsuit

In December 2020, the Trump Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust complaint (Case No. 1:20-cv-03590, D.D.C.) against Facebook which came [f]ollowing a lengthy investigation in cooperation with a coalition of attorneys general of 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, the complaint alleges that Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy—including its 2012 acquisition…

Former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s Revenge Porn Complaint Against Daily Mail, RedState.com Dismissed Under California Anti-SLAPP Law

In November 2018, Democrat Katie Hill won a Congressional seat representing a northern Los Angeles exurb that had been held by Republicans since 1993. Once in Washington, she was a rising star in the party and one of two freshman Representatives chosen for the Democratic Caucus. On October 18, 2019, RedState, a conservative political blog…

Prop 22 Backgrounder

In 2018, the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision redefined the definition of employee v. independent contractor through an “ABC test” followed by many states, a year later California Governor Newsom signed AB 5 which codified the Dynamex decision with certain exceptions. Under AB 5, a worker is an employee and not an independent contractor unless the hiring entity demonstrates that all…

ILC Joins Over 50 Privacy Professionals Opposing Flawed Prop 24 (Consumer Personal Information Law and Agency Initiative)

Internet Law Center founder Bennet Kelley joined Santa Clara University Law School Professor Eric Goldman and over 50 other privacy professionals to oppose Proposition 24, the 52-page Consumer Personal Information Law and Agency Initiative. We are privacy professionals or other privacy experts. Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), will benefit us financially because…

Photo of Judge Joseph F. Bataillon with logos of Spamhaus and DatabaseUSA over wheat field.

DatabaseUSA.com Wins Injunction Against Spamhaus

The Spamhaus Project suffered a rare legal setback last month in Nebraska federal court where the court in DatabaseUSA.com LLC vs. The Spamhaus Project, No. 8:19-CV-423 (D. Neb. July 27, 2020) found that the plaintiff had been wrongfully listed on its Domain Block List (DBL). The DBL lists domains that Spamhaus determines “are used in…

Floppy disk containing the source code for the Morris Worm held at the Computer History Museum and Robert Morris on the right.

The Morris Worm, the First Indictment under the CFAA and Wake Up Call of a New Age

On November 2, 1988, Robert Tappan Morris, the son of a famous Bell Labs cryptographer, released and graduate student at Cornell University, released what became known as the “Morris worm” through Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Morris stated that his intent was “to demonstrate the inadequacies of current security measures on computer networks by exploiting…