Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast - Interview with Orin Kerr

November 12, 2014

In our forty-second episode of the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Stewart Baker, Michael Vatis, and Stephanie Roy are joined by Orin Kerr, computer crime law guru and professor of law at Georgetown Washington University, in a discussion of:

  • This week in NSA:  Both the NSA and GCHQ directors comment on Silicon Valley’s data encryption policies;  The election’s effect on the bills intended to deal with the section 215 metadata program; The DC Circuit heard argument in the appeal of Judge Leon’s famously exclamatory invalidation of the 215 metadata program
  • The Nebraska Supreme Court weighs in on the Supreme Court’s decision in Riley
  • According to the Southern District of New York, webmail provider’s terms of use determine whether the contents of webmail accounts are protected from government searches; they are also in the process of preparing to fight with a resistant phone manufacturer to get help unlocking a suspect’s phone
  • The President comments on Net Neutrality
  • A Virginia court has ruled that suspects may be forced to apply their fingers to cellphones protected by fingerprint readers
  • Google finishes its “right to be forgotten” road trip in Europe
  • Sweden joins the UK in demanding continued retention despite a European Court of Justice ruling against the directive that originally led to retention requirements
  • The financial industry calls for more activists government action relating to cybersecurity

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