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The Death of Net Neutrality – Part 2

Earlier we reported how new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai had shut down ongoing investigation into wireless carriers’ free-data offerings as violating the FCC’s net neutrality rules. This week Pai chaired his first FCC meeting and one of the agenda items involves the “Transparency Rule” stemming from the net neutrality rules. The FCC’s Open Internet Transparency…

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The Death of Net Neutrality – Part 1

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission began investigating whether certain wireless provider’s “free” data plans violated the FCC’s net neutrality rules.  A coalition of internet groups, including  Reddit, Yelp, Kickstarter, Etsy, Medium, Meetup, and Foursquare, among many others, along with digital and consumer advocacy groups, including Common Cause, Engine, and Fight for the Future, asked…

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House Passes Email Privacy Act

Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act which updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant to retrieve user communications from service providers. In 1986, Congress enacted ECPA to both protect the privacy of an individual’s electronic communications and provide the government with a lawful means for…

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Briefing Begins in Hassell v Bird (Yelp)

  Last June, the Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling requiring Yelp to remove defamatory reviews that defendant Ava Bird had been ordered to remove.  In September, the Supreme Court agreed to the hear case.  Yelp’s initial brief and the Hassell Law Group’s answer have been filed.  Yelp is expected to file a reply brief…

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Tech v Trump: 127 Tech Companies File Amicus Brief on Muslim Travel Ban

Fifty-four days of their summit with President-elect Trump at Trump Tower, the tech industry has unified in opposition to President Trump’s “Muslim Travel Ban” executive order and filed an amicus brief supporting the Washington Attorney General’s challenge to the Executive Order.  The brief is supported by 127 companies from Apple to Zynga (although the list oddly…