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 […]

The Four Tribes of Privacy Thieves

American consumers fall prey to privacy thieves with little available to protect them from these modern brigands. Distinguished by status and motivation, there are four tribes of cyber thieves – money-seeking criminals, hacktivist autocrats, aggressive nation states (notably Russia, Iran, the Koreas and China), and US government employees. Ordinary privacy criminals go where the money […]

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 […]

Daily Caller: Can the U.S. Seize Emails from Anywhere in the World?

ACI’s writer, Zack Christenson, wrote a piece in Today’s Daily Caller that discusses the DOJ’s attempt to seize emails on foreign citizens that are stored on foreign data centers.  The blog discusses the huge economic consequences of such actions and how Congress is attempting to fix the problem.  To print and read the piece, visit […]

How DOJ Actions Could Harm U.S. Competitiveness Abroad

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search (and seizure) warrant to Microsoft Communications to hand over the private email communications of a suspected drug trafficker. The only problems with the request, however, is that the drug suspect happens to reside in Ireland, the emails being sought are stored on an Internet server located in […]

Your Privacy and Compulsively Curious Federal Agencies

The National Security Agency (NSA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Treasury routinely collect detailed information about Americans’ activities, communications and financial status.  The scale and scope of information government keeps on us is outrageous and dangerous.    Edward Snowden’s revelation confirmed that NSA stores metadata on our domestic phone calls and has technically […]

Orwell, Privacy and the NSA

President Obama recently met with tech leaders at the White House to discuss a variety of issues, including an update on the attempt to fix healthcare.gov.   At the meeting, the leaders – hailing from Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Google, AOL and others – urged the President to take action on the unwarranted intrusions into their technology-based […]

The Consumer Bonus from Tapping Leader’s Phones

We should expect some relatively fast action on privacy regulation in the U.S., E.U., and Brasil.   All had been working on privacy legislation, but public knowledge that Brazil’s and E.U. leaders’ phones were US-bugged caused those leaders extreme embarrassment.  Today, they think privacy regulation is the flame retardant needed to quench burning hair.  Strong-sounding privacy […]