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Supreme Court rejects appeal of law granting telecom firms immunity from electronic surveillance claims
  • Paul Weiss
  • USA
  • October 12 2012

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court allowed to stand a 2008 law that grants the U.S. Attorney General the power to grant retroactive immunity to telecom carriers that cooperate with federal intelligence agencies in conducting electronic surveillance.

FCC fines Google for impeding investigation in “Wi-Spy” case
  • Paul Weiss
  • USA
  • April 20 2012

In a second enforcement action last Friday, the FCC held Google, Inc. liable for $25,000 in fines for impeding or delaying an FCC investigation into Google’s collection of Wi-Fi “payload” data, consisting of e-mail, Internet passwords, text messages, and web browsing histories of Internet users, as part of Google’s Street View service.

U.N. report terms Internet access as a human right
  • Paul Weiss
  • Global
  • June 10 2011

Citing the importance of the Internet as an “indispensible tool” in the promotion of freedom of expression worldwide, a report commissioned by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council elevates Internet access to the level of a human right that, under the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, deserves protection by all states.

RIM reaches agreement with India on BlackBerry services
  • Paul Weiss
  • Canada, India
  • November 5 2010

Officials of India's Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed last Friday that they would call off a threatened ban of BlackBerry services in India after Research-in-Motion (RIM), the Canadian-based producer of the BlackBerry e-mail device, agreed to "set up an interim arrangement for lawful interception of BlackBerry, or BBM services" by national security agencies.

India claims right to monitor Google, Skype calling services
  • Paul Weiss
  • India
  • September 3 2010

Providers of web-based calling services such as Google and Skype will be required to open their networks to government security surveillance in accordance with a directive issued this week by India's ministry of home affairs.

Google admits to collecting web usage data via Wi-Fi hot spots
  • Paul Weiss
  • Germany
  • May 21 2010

Regulators in Germany are pressing for an investigation of Google in the wake of the web search giant's disclosure on Monday that equipment aboard Google vans that is designed to obtain data for the company's Street View map service and track the location of Wi-Fi hot spots inadvertently collected unsecured web data transmitted by users over Wi-Fi connections.