Law, Policy -- and IT?

Law, Policy -- and IT?

Tracy Mitrano explores the intersection where higher education, the Internet and the world meet (and sometimes collide).

November 28, 2012 - 11:33am
This week the Senate Judiciary Committee will work on amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, commonly referred to as "ECPA."  When passed in 1986 it updated the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the first "wiretap" federal law.  This law codified procedures for the rule the Supreme Court established in the landmark Katz v. U.S. case that created a Fourth Amendment privacy right in electronic communications, telephony principally in that day.  In my cheat sheet on different kinds of privacy law outlined in the last couple of previous blogs, this would be type 2 privacy law.
November 26, 2012 - 8:30pm
It is a title designed to catch attention, but the content has the purpose of drawing an important similarity to what most take as a distinction.
November 25, 2012 - 5:34pm
With the holiday in the rearview mirror, I had time to reflect on the four categories of privacy law proffered in the last blog. One more came to mind as I was driving up I 95 near D.C., appropriately so, because it is about administrative law.  Allow me, for the record, to copy and paste the ones that I included in the last blog and add this one to it, with a little description.  It matters because administrative law may come to play a more significant role in governance of Internet companies that either the legislature or the judiciary.
November 15, 2012 - 9:44pm
In a working group list service, some of the privacy professional around higher education have been enjoying a lively discussion about "privacy."  This blog is a good place to share thoughts to all of you.
November 13, 2012 - 7:42pm
For the last few days reading about the Petraeus case I knew it was only a matter of time before commentators would ring the privacy bell. This afternoon the NYT published the first of what will undoubtedly become many comments.
November 10, 2012 - 10:01am
For the first time in ten years, I was able to devote my entire week to the EDUCAUSE National Conference.  Allow me to share some take-aways from the experience.
November 5, 2012 - 2:36pm
With its headquarters in the Boulder area and many a national conference in Denver, Colorado is EDUCAUSE country!  It is great to be back here for another stunning national convention!
November 2, 2012 - 11:19am
Business intelligence is all the go these days, and increasingly confused with information management.  People are wondering what these functions are exactly, whether they are the same or could be located in the same office.  Short answer: no.  Longer answer: Read on.
October 30, 2012 - 1:49pm
Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is an interesting case more for what it points to than what upon decision will say.  It points to big chinks in the armor of "international copyright law," i.e. the Berne Treaty that extended U.S. copyright law to signatories whose arms were twisted to sign in exchange for trade agreements.
October 17, 2012 - 9:11am
On the national policy front, or "Big 'P' Policy, both privacy and security issues are rising to the fore.  Do not track mechanisms are, to quote a New York Times recent article on this subject, "features on browsers — like Mozilla’s Firefox — that give consumers the option of sending out digital signals asking companies to stop collecting information about their online activities for purposes of targeted advertising."  The market sector is not happy.  Microsoft is releasing version 10 of its web browser, Internet Explorer, with a default do not track setting; to allow cookies or other tracking requires the user to change the setting.  Business interests have reacted angrily, with the Association of National Advertisers sending Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, an open letter objecting to that decision.

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