Thursday, May 15, 2014

Serious about Privacy?
Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen writes:
In a decision issued today, the California Second District Court of Appeal has created an additional way for anonymous speakers, and for web operators who host anonymous comments, to protect the right to speak anonymously. Instead of invoking the First Amendment as courts in other states, and indeed other appellate courts in California have done, the Court of Appeal reversed an order compelling the identification of an anonymous speaker because the discovery order violated the state constitutional right of privacy.
Read more on Public Citizen.

Not so serious about Privacy.
Cherri Gregg reports:
A recent ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court could have a big impact on your privacy rights during a car stop.
Pennsylvania traditionally provided broader privacy protection than the US Constitution. For decades, police in the Commonwealth had to get obtain warrant from a judge before they could do a car search unless time was of the essence or the evidence could be lost or destroyed. But now, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 4 to 2 decision in Commonwealth v. Gary changes the rule.
“There’ll be lesser protection of privacy in Pennsylvania,” says Dave Rudovsky, a professor at Penn Law school and a civil rights attorney.
Read more on CBS Philly.

Perhaps we should require that anything connected to the Internet be painted orange or have a flashing light.
An Internet of Things prediction for 2025 -- with caveats
A massive survey by the Pew Research Center about the Internet of Things in 2025 is very optimistic about the future of the technology. But even though the report seemingly tramples on IoT skeptics, its responses are filled with questions, doubts and caveats.
Some 1,600 people in the technology industry, academia, consulting, law and others with expertise on this issue were surveyed, and 83% agreed that the Internet of Things, embedded and wearable computing, will "have widespread and beneficial effects" by 2025. (Report PDF)

Someone thinks Google Glass is useful.
Google Glass given to all medical students at UC Irvine

My students will be elated?
Flappy Bird to return to App Store in August

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