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Join us for thought provoking conversations on surveillance, digital privacy, and cybersecurity law and policy in the information age. Each week, hosts Dave Bittner and Ben Yelin break down the headlines, legal cases, and policy battles that matter most.
 
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Guest Anup Ghosh, CEO of Fidelis Cybersecurity, joins Dave to share his views on the private sector hacking back, Ben digs in to the NSO Group Pegasus spyware controversy, Dave looks at a Catholic Priest being outed through deanonymized mobile device data. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitu…
 
Guest Sumit Sehgal of Armis, and Boston Medical's former CISO, comes on the show to discuss the uptick in cyberattacks on healthcare institutions and why it is no longer an option not to have cyber insurance, Ben takes a closer look at a specially modified Android phone, and Dave discusses how the Trump Administration's Department of Justice got cr…
 
Ben looks at the US Supreme Court’s potential interpretations of the computer fraud and abuse act, Dave's got a report out of the UK on AI algorithm oversight, and later in the show, Dave's conversation with Nina Jankowicz, Disinformation Fellow from the Wilson Center on her book: How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future o…
 
Guest Lauren Daming from Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. joins Dave to discuss privacy issues, litigation and best practices concerning universities' use of remote proctoring platforms for exams, Ben shares some follow-up on the Baltimore spy plane, Ben's story examines an FTC memo addressing potential Facebook antitrust claims, Dave's got a stor…
 
Guest Andrew Hammond, historian and chief curator at the International Spy Museum joins Dave to talk about the battle of privacy vs freedom in real life and online, Ben has the story of an appeals court decision protecting big tech companies from responsibility for acts of terrorism, Dave looks at a French surveillance company whose executives may …
 
Guest Tiana Demas joins us from Cooley LLC to talk with Dave on the recent Second Circuit decision concerning identity theft, Ben unpacks the Trump administration’s gathering of metadata from members of Congress, and Dave's got the story of a judge pushing back on Google geofence warrant requests. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a l…
 
Guest Robert Nelon a partner at the national law firm Hall Estill joins Dave to discuss Facebook’s decision to uphold their ban on former president Trump’s account, Ben reviews the Supreme Court’s decision on the Van Buren Case. Dave's got the story of a US state pushing Google to be classified as a public utility. Programming note: Dave and Ben re…
 
Ben looks at new legislation restricting police use of DNA, Dave's got the story of the proposed algorithm transparency bill, and later in the show our conversation with Rita Garry from Robbins, Salomon & Patt on how data privacy laws are failing US consumers and businesses. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expres…
 
Guest Chris Strand of IntSights joins Dave to talk about whether the "Normalization of Data Leaks" drives further need for federal data privacy regulation to combat complacency, Ben takes a look new legislation in Florida that would punish social media companies that suspend political candidates, Dave shares a story about Chicago’s predictive polic…
 
Guest Leeann Nicolo is a ransomware negotiation expert from Coalition who joins Dave to discuss how they determine to pay out a ransomware gang, Ben takes a look at President Biden’s executive order on cyber security, Dave shares a story that has news of a bipartisan bill that would ban warrantless location data purchases. While this show covers le…
 
Guest Marijus Briedis joins us from NordVPN to discuss their 2021 Online Banking Privacy Trends survey, Ben discusses a key Appeals Court case on cell site location information tracking, Dave takes a look at the Biden administration’s broadband proposals and why it’s giving cable companies heartburn. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is …
 
Our guest Caitlin Fennessy from International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) joins Dave to discuss the shift in the privacy sector under the Biden administration, Ben shares he has been following the trial between Apple and Epic Games, Dave's got the story of a ruling that says SnapChat can be sued for their role in a fatal car crash, …
 
Our guest Erez Yalon, senior director of security research at Checkmarx joins Dave to discuss Apple’s App Tracking Transparency policy, Ben describes how the FBI has been found violating some privacy laws, Dave has the story of Apple being sued over access to movies you buy online, and our Listener on the Line is Jonathan sharing updates on the Par…
 
Our guests this week are Paul Moura and David Navetta from Cooley who share their thoughts on the importance of cyber insurance with Dave, Ben has the story of a lawsuit from some WeChat users, and Dave wonders if the FTC is cracking down on AI. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal ad…
 
Grant Hosford, CEO of codeSpark on the impacts of U.S.'s digital divide, and what he believes local governments should do to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly online world, Ben has the story of the FBI reaching out and securing servers running unpatched versions of Microsoft Exchange, Dave shares how the 1st Cir…
 
Guest Dean Gonsowski of ActiveNav joins Dave to discuss data privacy legislation and data governance, Ben explains a Supreme Court Justice’s take on Section 230, and Dave's got the story from Wired that wonders about the online curation of our memories. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute …
 
Guest Konstantinos Komaitis from the nonprofit Internet Society joins Dave to discuss the unintended consequences of uninformed online regulatory policies, Ben describes a class-action suit against Google alleging the sale of personal data, and Dave's got the story of a prison surveillance company keeping tabs on people outside the prison walls. Wh…
 
Guest is Donna Grindle CEO at Kardon and cohost of the Help Me with HIPAA podcast joins us with an update to the HITECH Act, Ben takes a closer look at video surveillance and privacy issues being argued in front of the First Circuit Court, and Dave looks at Facebook’s spotty record when it comes to reigning in their algorithms. While this show cove…
 
Guest is Heather Federman of BigID on the impact of Virginia's new Consumer Data Protection Act, Ben's story looks at potential reactions from the Biden White House to the SolarWinds hack, Dave's story shares the growing momentum behind a Google antitrust suit, and our Listener on the Line from the UK has some questions on the Instagram having the …
 
Guest is author Jason Boyce on his book, "The Amazon Jungle," Ben Looks at cell phone data gathered during the January 6th Capitol riot. Dave has statements from Senator Ron Wyden to an online advertising trade association. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official leg…
 
Guest Bob Ackerman from Allegis Cyber talks about the potential effect of Federal regulation on the IoT security space, Ben looks at Virginia’s new privacy legislation, and Dave digs into a study on engagement with far left and far right content on Facebook. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not consti…
 
Guest Major Jess Dawson from Army Cyber Institute joins Dave to talk about microtargeting as information warfare, Ben's story looks at efforts to keep the government from tracking your location, and Dave has the story that wonders if gathering congress’ cell phone records is constitutional. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, …
 
Guest Mary Lee from the Rand Corporation joins Dave to discuss the Internet of Bodies (IoB): Opportunities, Risks and Governance, Ben looks at a state tax on social media advertising, and Dave's got the story of members of congress working with the Biden administration on Section 230 reforms. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer…
 
Guest Ameesh Divatia from Baffle joins Dave to discuss whether it’s time for a national privacy referendum, Ben looks at a plan congressional democrats are cooking up for section 230 of the communications decency act. and Dave has the story of a clever technique police officers are using to prevent being live streamed. While this show covers legal …
 
We have guest Jenna Waters from True Digital Security looking back at the last year of Covid and how that’s affected privacy, particularly in the medical field, Ben looks at a tool that can help determine if your image is part of a facial recognition library, and Dave has the story of law enforcement dodging public records rules through the use of …
 
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