Sunday, September 26, 2021


This week's theme is either "ripped off" or "ripped from..."

The has a ripped-from-the-headlines (in other words "topical") question and answer page that currently discusses copyright related to tattoos, fair use by political campaigns or music, copyright protection for tweets, emojis, and much more.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has an interesting article by Cooper Quintin and Beryl Lipton about a very frightening patent designed to rip off anyone with whom an incarcerated person communicates.

Is it right that the government could trick a person who might be related to an inmate into revealing their own Amazon purchasing habits and history? 

EFF's Chao Liu writes about a company called Clearview that wants to rip off your face, not literally.

The greatest concern, perhaps, is that bad Artificial Intelligence can increase the likelihood of false arrest and mistaken identity (not necessarily in that order).  
Matthew Guariglia of EFF discusses the "afterlife" problem with biometric surveillance, collection, and data retention, especially by the military.
Over-reach in data gathering is everywhere. The law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth discusses how New York City wants food delivery services to share their customer data with restaurants.

Customers do have the right to deny food delivery services and restaurants this information, but customers must affirmatively opt out.
The law firm of Squire Patton Boggs has a Consumer Privacy World blog, which is well worth following. This last week, their legal bloggers Kristin Bryan and Alexis Chandler  gave an update on the massive T-Mobile data breach and resulting litigation.
For Brodies LLP, Niall McLean has cautionary advice for writers about recycling old news. It is important to know that distressing information that might once have been newsworthy and in the public domain may, after the passage of time, be private and not in the public interest any more. The case is in the UK, but it's good to know.

All the best,

1 comment:

  1. Is it just me or is privacy an outdated concept? The world can be a scary place for those who still value such a thing. Thanks for posting.