DOJ’s Appeal Belongs on HissyFit.Rant

DOJ submitted an appeal of the AT&T-Time Warner merger approved by Judge Leon of the US District Court for the DC Circuit. The submission asks the appeals court to reverse Judge Leon on the basis that he could not have understood DOJ’s arguments, otherwise he would not have approved the merger. DOJ claims the intellectual high […]

FORBES: The CLOUD Act Is Up For Vote and What It Means for Consumers

Can the U.S. government issue a legal warrant to require a U.S. company to retrieve overseas digital communications from its foreign customers? As consumer information increasingly resides in the cloud, overseas or domestically, and in various electronic forms, establishing what access the government should have to private communications and how the government should work with its […]

Supreme Court to Review Case Involving Privacy of Cloud Data

It’s time for Congress to Act. Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) called on Microsoft to turn over the cloud data belonging to a suspected criminal.  On the surface, such a request may seem routine, but the criminal was not a U.S. citizen, did not live in the U.S., and the cloud […]

DOJ’s Twisted Logic: Rigging Auctions Promotes Competition

It is with total disbelief that I write about a recent letter from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the rules for the upcoming “competitive” Spectrum auction. In the letter, the DOJ – the United States’ chief antitrust and law enforcement agency – writes in support of […]

Americans’ Privacy and the Feckless Six

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been aggressively dithering on privacy since at least 2008, when it allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to capture metadata from telephone calls. The DOJ talks a brave “civil rights” game in public but behind the scenes it invades the publics’ and even news reporter’s privacy whenever senior […]

Second Attempt at Privacy and Justice

Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller have introduced the LEADs Act in the Senate. The bill would establish a framework for how the U.S. government can access data stored abroad during the course of a criminal investigation.  Alan Daley’s new piece, published in today’s Daily Caller, discusses why this bill is so important in protects U.S. economic interests abroad.   

DOJ Overreach Could Kill the Digital Economy

The health of the digital tech economy is inextricably linked to the health of the U.S. economy. According to a newly released Brookings Institute study, 61% of all U.S. exports were digitally delivered, and international digital trade was responsible for adding 2.4 million jobs. A McKinsey Report estimated that improved use of data could generate […]

Leadership Needed at DOJ

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search warrant to Microsoft requiring it to produce the emails of an alleged Irish drug dealer. The emails are stored in Ireland on a Microsoft server. Irish law generally prohibits release of a citizen’s private information without authorization by Ireland – which has not been forthcoming. Microsoft faces […]