Rape victim’s lawsuit shows the limits of website immunity law

US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Pasadena courthouse. --Mark-- In general, websites aren't responsible for the things their users do or post. That's because of a landmark federal Internet law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law allows sites like Yelp, Craigslist, and YouTube to host loads of user-produced content, while directing most lawsuits over that content toward the users, … [Read more...]

No, Apple probably didn’t get new secret gov’t orders to hand over data

New York Apple Store. Simon Greig While Apple won't confirm it, the company has removed its warrant canary from its latest transparency report, issued this week. While this could mean that the company has received a new secret government order to provide user data, there is still another more likely possibility: it's not publishing warrant canaries at all. Warrant canaries work like this: a company publishes a notice … [Read more...]

“Scan-to-email” patent troll loses its lawsuit against FTC

"Man Controlling Trade," 1942, by Michael Lantz. brian mcneal There are hundreds of so-called "patent trolls," but MPHJ Technology became one of the most well-known when it sent thousands of letters to small businesses around the country suggesting they should pay around $1,000 per worker for using basic "scan-to-email" functions. The legal and political blowback since then have made MPHJ truly unique in the … [Read more...]

Occupy Wall Street activists sue over Twitter account

@OccupyWallStNYC On Wednesday, three years to the day since the beginning of Occupy Wall Street, one of its former leaders has sued another leader over a disputed Twitter account. @OccupyWallStNYC has 177,000 followers, and it's apparently controlled by Justin Wedes, a self-identified "educator and activist based in Detroit, Michigan" and a "founding member" of the New York City General Assembly. Wedes did not respond to Ars’ … [Read more...]

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot

Tim Cook unveils iOS 8 at WWDC 2014. Megan Geuss Apple has updated its privacy policy as part of the rollout of iOS 8, announcing that devices with the latest version of the operating system installed can no longer be accessed by the company itself. Previously, as we reported in May 2014, if law enforcement came to Apple with a seized device and a valid warrant, it was able to access a substantial portion of the data … [Read more...]

Senior IT worker at top tech law firm arrested for insider trading

A senior IT employee with the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has been arrested for grabbing the firm's confidential client information and using it to trade stocks. FBI agents arrested 41-year-old Dimitry Braverman at his San Mateo, California, home on Tuesday morning, according to a report in the New York Law Journal. He was released on a $500,000 bond secured by $100,000 cash. That same day, the SEC filed a civil suit against … [Read more...]