Consumers welcome a variety of competing electronic sources and delivery pathways for entertainment and news, but content dictates the winner. Consumers usually have multiple platforms (TV and cable box, PC and smartphone) for digital messaging, streaming video, and TV programs from over the air, mobile wireless, cable and satellite formats. Each of the streaming and […]
The proposed Defend Trade Secrets Act or DTSA (S.1890/H.R. 3326) will help protect America’s trade secrets by raising the financial and legal consequences applicable to theft of trade secrets. In some cases, DTSA would enable quick recovery of the stolen secrets, thereby preventing irreparable damage to the victims. Trade secrets “include any useful formula, plan, […]
In the United States, three pieces of legislation set the stage for government and national security agencies to access and use private information stored in electronic media. In the United Kingdom, a bill would make national security access easier. The European Union’s new privacy law is set to replace the 28-nation hodgepodge of privacy and […]
“Binge” watching is watching multiple movies or multiple episodes of a TV series in a single sitting. Three quarters of streaming service consumers say they “binge watch” at least some of the time. Delighted by an extensive library of movies and TV series, many are able to see an episode they missed or something they […]
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has guided law enforcement’s collection of emails for three decades. In that time, the processing and location of emails has changed, many people have objected to the use of warrantless email searches, and some government entities were poorly served. Today, emails are usually not stored on consumers’ computers. They […]
Our so-called “gig economy” is the spontaneous contracting for labor and services on a short-term, low entanglement basis, much as a musician might join a band for one or two night’s work. Those fleeting labor contracts are made easy by Internet as it supports contractual interactions by sellers and buyers. In the gig economy, some […]
A large coalition of consumer, policy and tax organizations sent a letter to Congress today calling for reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The letter is available online.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the collection of internet-connected devices that receive or send information, even without a human directing what they do. The nearly 5 billion already-interconnected things include the Apple Watch, bank ATMs, remote weather stations, traffic cameras, street security cameras, home security systems, baby monitors, parking meters, pipeline flow monitors, factory-floor […]
In the abstract, consumers welcome privacy but we also acknowledge that real-world tradeoffs may be inevitable between privacy and safety. Most of us are at peace with surveillance of telephone and electronic records of suspected criminals or foreign spies. If law enforcement lacks the information needed to target and halt unlawful threats, the public can […]
This piece, written by Alan Daley, discusses the need for rational reforms to the current H-1B worker program. The piece was published and is available in The Hill.