Privacy & Security Law Blog

Privacy & Security Law Blog

Legal Commentary and Resources for the Payment Industry

Insight & Commentary on Information Management and Protection

Monthly Archives: November 2005

Spokane mayor’s beefcake cache is not a public record, but list of websites he visited is

Posted in Marketing and Consumer Privacy

Posted by Bruce Johnson

Spokane Mayor James E. West’s laptop was the subject of an interesting Public Disclosure Act decision on Thursday.

West, a Republican who is now subject to a recall vote on Dec. 6 for these activities, apparently used his city-owned laptop to access and other gay-oriented websites, and also conduct internet chats wit… Continue Reading

Merchant Bank May be Liable for Costs to Replace Hacked Visa Cards

Posted in Cyber and National Security, Litigation, Policy and Regulatory Positioning

Posted by Randy Gainer

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled on October 18, 2005, that the bank that processed credit and debit card transactions for BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. may be liable for the costs that a credit union incurred to replace compromised cards. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the Pennsyl… Continue Reading

UK Police Endeavor to Create the Largest Surveillance System in the World

Posted in Surveillance

Posted by Steve Chung

The UK newspaper, The Register, reports that the UK’s Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) plan to create a national vehicle moving database that is designed to retain license plate data captured from moving vehicles. A control center in London will link existing speedcams and other databases around the country, and by … Continue Reading

Sony Music CD Woes, Continued

Posted in Cyber and National Security

Posted by Brian Wong Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Sony) has announced it will remove music CDs containing First4Internet XCP digital rights management (DRM) software from stores, and it will offer exchanges for discs already sold. As we explained here, the XCP DRM requires the installation of a rootkit deep within the Windows operating system in order f… Continue Reading

Hi, Dad! Teen Uncovers Anonymous Sperm Donor Through Online Geneaology Database

Posted in Marketing and Consumer Privacy

Posted by Lance Koonce

As it turns out, had Oedipus been blessed with a good laptop and a secure wifi node instead of those cryptic Oracles (this kind, not that kind), he might have avoided the entire murder/incest/blinding thing.

Today’s Washington Post reports that a 15-year-old boy whose mother was artificially inseminated by sperm from an anony… Continue Reading

Select Sony/BMG Music CDs Include Invasive Digital Rights Management Software

Posted in Cyber and National Security

Posted by Brian Wong

The term “rootkit” entered a broader public consciousness after researchers discovered that Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Sony) has included digital rights management (DRM) software on 19 music CDs that must be installed in order for a PC to play the CD. The software installs itself deep within the Windows operating sys… Continue Reading

“No Fly” List Revelations

Posted in Cyber and National Security, Marketing and Consumer Privacy, Surveillance

Posted by DWT The Privacy and Security Law Blog is today able to release, for the first time anywhere, the final set of previously secret documents produced by the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) and the FBI in connection with a high profile Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) lawsuit involving the government &… Continue Reading

Executive Order 13388: Changing Information Sharing Priorities for Federal Agencies

Posted in Cyber and National Security

On October 25, 2005, President Bush signed Executive Order 1388, which orders that “agencies shall, in the design and use of information systems and in the dissemination of information among agencies: (a) give the highest priority to . . . (iii) the interchange of terrorism information between agencies and appropriate authorities of State, local… Continue Reading

Proposition 73 in California – Abortions, a Minor’s Privacy, and a Parent’s Right to Know

Posted in Marketing and Consumer Privacy

Posted by Peerapong Tantamjarik

Here in California, it’s that time of the year again… it’s Special Election time! Where ordinary citizens, like you or me, or those with gobs of extra cash, can gather (or pay for) signatures and make a difference to the state by putting up for approval various propositions. Often times, these propositio… Continue Reading

Private Lives as WiFi Performance Art

Posted in Communications/Media

Posted by Lance Koonce

Most readers of this blog are well aware of the risks of unencrypted wifi, but a Toronto-based artist is demonstrating some of those risks in a rather graphic way.

Michelle Teran is presenting a series of performance art pieces in which she leads a small group of onlookers through the streets of a city (recently, Cardiff, in Wales) carry… Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Breaks with Other Appeals Courts to Find Federal Jurisdiction for Consumer Junk Fax Suits

Posted in Litigation, Policy and Regulatory Positioning

Posted by Ronald London

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which sits in Chicago and encompasses Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, recently issued a decision in Brill v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. 05-8024, holding that federal courts may hear lawsuits arising out of consumer claims for redress under the Telephone Consumer Protecti… Continue Reading