The Volokh Conspiracy
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With apologies for the lateness of this post, Episode 263 of The Cyberlaw Podcast tells the sad tale of yet another US government leaker who unwisely trusted The Intercept not to compromise its source. As Nick Weaver points out, The Intercept also took forever to actually report on some of the material it received.
The first overt cyberattack on the US electric grid was a bust, I note, but that's not much comfort.
How many years of being told "I'm washing my hair that night" does it take before you realize you're not getting anywhere? The FCC probably thought China Mobile should have gotten the hint after eight years of no action on the company's application to provide US phone service, but just in case the message didn't get through, the Commission finally pulled the plug last week.
Delegating to Big Social the policing of terrorist content has a surprising downside, as Nate points out. Sometimes the government or civil society need that data to make a court case.
We touch briefly on Facebook's FTC woes and whether Sen. Hawley (R-MO) should be using the privacy stick to beat a company he's mad at for other reasons. I reprise my longstanding view that privacy law is almost entirely about beating companies that you're mad at for other reasons.
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