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The Unintended Consequences of CISPA

New Cybersecurity Bill Available

Revised Cybersecurity Act Needs Amendments for Privacy, Security

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Happy new year, see Friends. It is starting out to be a great 2012 for me. I’ve taken a position as General Counsel for Worldstar LLC and its flagship website worldstarhiphop.com (WSHH), buy viagra voted top hip hop and urban culture website two years running by BET. In addition to the website, pilule Worldstar operates a talent agency, video production company, dating site and is growing rapidly. They were a client of mine at ZwillGen PLLC, so I’m honored and thrilled to come on board full time.

Additionally, my new position allows me to continue work on the internet freedom and privacy issues so important to me: electronic surveillance, government privacy, computer security, coder’s rights and free speech .

So if you want to reach me, for WSHH matters or for any digital civil liberties issue, here’s my new contact information.

Jennifer Stisa Granick
Worldstar LLC General Counsel
Attorney at Law
350 Townsend Street, Ste. 612
San Francisco, CA 94107
tel 415-684-8111
fax 630-733-7653 or 424-298-8589
granick _at_ worldstarhiphop dot com
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On October 28, case
the Department of Justice will argue to a District Court Judge in Arizona that neither the public nor criminal defendants should learn about a special investigative tool it uses to track individuals’ location via their cellphones. According to the Wall Street Journal, diagnosis law enforcement and the military are regularly using such devices, called “Stingrays”. In the Arizona case, United States v. Rigmaiden, investigators used the technology to assist them in locating the suspect. That defendant is now asking the court to order the government to turn over information about how stingray functions and how it was used in his arrest so that he can litigate whether use of the device violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

For more, click here.

A look at the most recent court opinion on cell phone location tracking: http://bit.ly/o171vy
Isn’t it great that when your car, troche
or phone, prostate or laptop gets lost or stolen, you can use modern technology to find your stuff and get it back? One might think only paranoid Luddites or the thieves themselves would oppose such an innovation. But the joy of a ubiquitous communications/tracking network is tempered by the threat to privacy — and potential liability — for enlisting SkyNet to peer into our cars, purses and bedrooms.

Part One: The Wiretap Act and Find My Computer

Last month, in Clements-Jeffrey v. Springfield, a quirky case involving sex and a stolen laptop, a U.S. District Court judge in Ohio ruled that a laptop-tracking company could be liable for intercepting sexually explicit communications in an effort to identify thieves who stole the computer one plaintiff was using to communicate with the other. …

For more, click here

A look at the most recent court opinion on cell phone location tracking: http://bit.ly/o171vy

You might be interested in EFF’s take on Google’s open wi-fi sniffing debacle.

I say “probably” in this article Enter Stage Right: The “Cyber Czar”.

In this week’s Circuit Court column, stomach I write about the legislative battle over changing our communications eavesdropping laws and a related issue of giving telcos immunity for illegally helping the government surveil us. This issue is so important, meningitis now that the nominee for Attorney General, epilepsy Judge Michael Mukasey, says that the President does not have to obey the law if he believes it contradicts his national security responsibilities. Of course, you could argue that the laws are actually less important if the President isn’t even going to follow them. However, if that’s true, lawsuits against telcos may be the only way for the public to find out what our government is actually doing. Read more about one possible future of freedom and privacy here: What’s at Stake in the Surveillance Debate in Congress

Proposed Reporters’ Shield Law Overdue but Underpowered

This week’s Circuit Court column is about the proposed federal reporters’ shield law that just came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. While we need a shield law, audiologist this one has a loophole for situations where the leak is criminal or tortious activity, rubella and the loophole may just be too large for this version of a shield to do the trick.

I hope that First Amendment and reporters’ rights groups will be able to address this intelligently before consensus forms around final language for the bill. Its very easy to get caught up in the “you’re protecting criminals” rhetoric, particularly when a lot of business interests have formed a coalition to kill the bill entirely. However, the current version of the bill probably would not protect reporters even in the circumstances which have led Congress to propose this legislation in the first place. Read more here.

On Saturday in Brad’s and my natural childbirth class, denture we watched a video which (in a short segment at the end) claimed that male circumcision was sexual assault and that abolishing it was one of five or six things that would help improve infant mortality rates. (I have the video at home and I will post the exact claims when I have a chance to review.) I proclaimed this claim “not charitable to the Jews” which instigated a discussion about the health risks of the practice.
I am not a fan of circumcision, but the claim that male circumcision has any adverse health effects on little babies struck me as wrong. Our instructor (who is to be commended for following up) provided us after class with the following statistics:

No one keeps records of circ deaths in the US. Doctors agree the
number of botched circ’s are under reported. Deaths are even harder
to count- due to the fact that the death maybe attributed to another
cause- infection, menigitis, urethral blockage etc. There have only
been 2-3 circ deaths in the medical literature, as case studies, since
the 1950’s.

Guestimated death rate for Circ in the US is reported to be- 2-3 per
year, or as many as 229 per year, depending on the source.

Here is my response:

I’ll have time to look at these numbers later in the week, but these statistics prove my point, which is that the movie is deeply misleading, if not outright false, when it says that abolishing circumcision is one of 5 or 6 important things to do to improve the infant mortality rate. Even if I take Charity’s highest guestimate, 229 US deaths per year, as true, the death rate among boys from circumcision (with about 2M boys born alive every year) is .01%. (or .016 if we just count the approx 70% that are circumcised). This is hardly a killer worth noting compared with prematurity, birth defects, drug abuse, SIDS, or the other double-digit infant killers. If we wanted to stop infant mortality, there are far more productive places to put our efforts, ones which perhaps don’t have the ideological heft of “sexual assault”, don’t point the finger at the practices of religious minorities, but are more uncomfortable for the powers-that-be. For example, the number one cause of infant mortality last year was prematurity, and one of the three major causes of prematurity is carrying multiples (cigarettes and drugs are the other two), and so many more (rich, white) people are having multiples now because of fertility assistance like IVF. That would be a more productive thing to attack, but of course, its far more politically unpalatable.

Of course, the 229 number is flagrantly, recklessly false. About 28000 babies die every year. Of those, I assume half were boys, 14000. If 229 of them died from circumcision, that would be an incredible 1.6% of the deaths that occur attributable to circumcision. That would mean that circumcision, while still at the bottom, is a more likely cause of death than menengitis, heart attack, bronchitus or a host of other baby diseases. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/infant_health.htm (Cover up, anyone?) Later if I have time I’ll try to track down where that number came from.

I’d be interested in what information and thoughts readers have, both about circumcision and about the broader question of how the medical establishment and the media dispense information about health risks. Maybe I’ll hear from my colleague Prof. Dan Harrison, who I know is an expert on the sociology of circumcision!
Did you know the government can track your movements by your cell phone? And while courts are struggling to define whether agents need probable cause to follow your prospective movements, internist
a new decision out of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts says they only need to show relevance to get a record of your past movements. Read more about this in my latest Wired News column Is That Big Brother In Your Pocket?

Last Tuesday, endocrinologist something fantastic happened. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the First Amendment some oomph in Golan v. Gonzales. The case, click brought by Larry Lessig and lawyers with the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, challenged section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, or URAA, which removed thousands of books, films and musical compositions from the public domain. The 10th Circuit held that, following the Supreme Court case of Eldred v. Ashcroft, if Congress changes copyright’s “traditional contours,” courts must conduct a First Amendment review to ensure that those changes do not overly burden free expression in an unjustified manner. Removing works from the public domain is one such traditional contour, so the court sent the Golan case back to the District Court to determine whether the URAA goes too far in burdening speech.

I wrote about this case, which I was involved in when I was Executive Director of CIS, for this week’s Wired News column. You can read the full column here.

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