How the NSA Revelations Can Be Good for US Cloud Providers

Conventional wisdom is that the revelations about the NSA domestic and international surveillance programs are bad news for US security, privacy, cloud and other companies. The revelations include assertions (probably true) that the NSA placed back doors, Trojan horse programs, and other malware into a wide variety of hardware and software, cables, chips and other…

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Nest, Google and the Third Party Doctrine

With Google’s acquisition of technology company Nest, not only has Big Data met the Internet of Things, we have allowed the camel’s nose into the tent of privacy. The Supreme Court is all over the map when it comes to privacy, allowing for example the government to obtain intimate information about people with or without…

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Good Words, Small Change — Obama on NSA Surveillance

On January 17, 2014 President Obama came to the “Great Room” at the U.S. Department of Justice (for the first time) to announce his reforms to the NSA’s data collection programs in light of the revelations of massive data collection on innocent Americans made by Edward Snowden. While the President offered some limited reforms and…

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Schrodinger’s Catnip Revisited – Part I – The Lawful NSA Metadata Program

In 1935, Austrian physicist Edwin Schrodinger posited a thought experiment illustrating the duality of quantum entanglement.  In his thought experiment, illustrating nuclear decay, a cat placed in a box would be simultaneously dead and alive, and the only way to determine the current state of the cat was to open the box. The NSA’s metadata collection…

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Further Reflections on the NSA Bulk Data Collection

I have already written about how a federal judge in New York ruled that the NSA’s collection of the telephone toll records on every call made is constitutional because, the court opined, all of these records could become relevant in a terrorism case.  If any relevant document exists, all documents helpful in finding that document…

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A Vote in Favor of Making it Tough for Cops to Do Their Jobs

Earlier in this space I wrote about the fact that, despite reports to the contrary, possession of marijuana is NOT legal in Colorado – it is still a federal crime. We have a lot of laws in this county – most of them at the state level.  So, for example in Colorado, it’s illegal for…

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