Category Archives: Internet Jurisdiction

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Microsoft contempt ruling overturned for failing to produce emails in Ireland!

In 1986 Congress passed the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to control telephone records long before the Internet we know today, but the SCA is the main law that Internet companies rely to protect users’ content and in 1986 in passing the SCA “Congress focused on providing basic safeguards for the privacy of domestic users.” Nonetheless … Continue reading this entry

Cybercrime is Getting Worse – 5 Reasons

On the heels of the recent report that cybercrime is a $575 billion growth industry, Infoworld pointed out “that amount of crime has persisted for a long time, well before the Internet.”  The article included these 5 reasons why cybercrime is worse than ever: 1. Internet criminals almost never get caught. The world is full … Continue reading this entry

Did the NSA Record 70+ Million French Phone Calls in a Month?

There are allegations that the National Security Agency (NSA) “spied on French telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent and gathered data on millions of phone calls” according to French foreign minister Laurent Fabius as reported by Computerworld. On October 21, 2013 French newspaper Le Monde reported that the NSA used DNR (Dial Number Recognition) between December 10, 2012 … Continue reading this entry

Twitter Accepts Jurisdiction of French Court

Rather than fight French jurisdiction Twitter provided information regarding the identity of posters who allegedly violated French law by posting hate speech. After the French court issued an Order in January, 2013 requiring information about the identity of the posters, Twitter considered what course of action to take since Twitter’s Terms of Service (ToS) specifically … Continue reading this entry

EU Asserts Jurisdiction Over Google's Servers

Internet jurisdiction may have taken an interesting turn now that the EU asserted that servers outside the EU are subject to EU law. On June 25, 2013 Niilo Jaaskinen, the independent Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, issued an Opinion that the EU Data Protective Directive applies to search engines that contain data … Continue reading this entry

Internet Jurisdiction - French Court vs. Twitter

A French Court ordered Twitter in California to identify anonymous individuals whose Tweets were anti-Semitic and racist in violation of French law, even though Twitter claims that its Terms of Service (ToS) are controlled by California law. The New York Times reported: The case revolves around the broad question of which country’s laws have jurisdiction … Continue reading this entry

Great news! Less Spam! At least for the short-term.

A recent report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that they were successful in getting a preliminary victory by shutting down a huge international spammer is great news since we receive so much spam. As the consumer watch dog for US citizens the FTC has been pursuing claims against spammers under the CAN SPAM Act … Continue reading this entry

Internet Jurisdiction- Another Challenge

On a recent trip to Prague and London the reality of the impact of the Internet on our lives was reinforced. On every corner there’s an Internet café, WIFI, cell (mobile) phone store, or McDonald’s, and it is clear that the Internet now pervades world-wide communications. But a report concerning a recent decision by the … Continue reading this entry