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A weekly conversation on surveillance, digital privacy, cybersecurity law and policy. Hosted by the CyberWire's Dave Bittner and Ben Yelin from the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. They break down important current legal cases, policy battles, and regulatory matters along with the news headlines that matter most. It’s not just a podcast for lawyers and policymakers; security professionals, businesses, and anyone concerned about privacy and security in the digital age will find the discussions accessible, relevant, and thought provoking.

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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, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Maryland Approves Country’s First Tax on Big Tech’s Ad Revenue Exclusive: Big Tech's Democratic critics discuss ways to strike back with White House Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
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 topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: This is the Democrats’ plan to limit Section 230 Is This Beverly Hills Cop Playing Sublime’s ‘Santeria’ to Avoid Being Live-Streamed? Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
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 encrypted messaging apps. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Here’s a Way to Learn if Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos Michigan State Police Officials Are Dodging Public Records Obligations By Using Encrypted Messaging Apps Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
We have guest Sophie Chase-Borthwick of Calligo joining us to discuss "The Top 3 Data Privacy Points the New U.S. Administration Must Focus On," Ben examines the ongoing online hunt for Capitol rioters, and Dave looks at the challenge of upholding free speech in the age of online digital platforms.  While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Digital fingerprints are identifying Capitol rioters Why Is Big Tech Policing Speech? Because the Government Isn’t Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
On this week’s show Dave speaks with guest Andrew Burt from the Yale Information Society Project (ISP) on Digital Future Whitepaper Series first whitepaper, "Nowhere to Hide: Data, Cyberspace, and the Dangers of the Digital World," Ben looks at the shift to more secure messaging apps in the fallout of Parler going offline, and Dave has the story of the FTC cracking down on misuse of facial recognition software.  While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps — and out of view of law enforcement FTC Requires App Developer to Obtain Users’ Express Consent for Use of Facial Recognition Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
On this week’s show Dave speaks with guest Dr. Dennis Hirsch from the Ohio State University's Risk Institute on his research on data ethics, and we unpack the aftermath of the riot and attack on the US Capitol, and the security and privacy issues that have arisen as a result. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: The siege of the US Capitol was a disaster for congressional cybersecurity — and experts say Congress will likely have to wipe all its computers and rebuild from scratch An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
On this week’s show, we've got Dave's conversation with David Forscey with the Aspen Institute on their new Cybersecurity Collaborative Network, Ben shares why we were late getting started recording Caveat for 2021, Ben's story covers the ongoing issues with facial recognition software, and Dave has the story of California upholding restrictions on Stingrays. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Unregulated facial recognition must stop before more Black men are wrongfully arrested Study: AVs May Not Detect Darker-Skinned Pedestrians As Often As Lighter Ones (related story) Court Upholds Legal Challenge Under California Statewide Stingray Law Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
Ben covers a privacy story of California dealing with Uber, Dave's got the story of the FTC demanding information from social media companies, Listener on the Line Mitch has a throwback to an older episode's use of "weasel words," and later in the show, Dave's conversation with Michelle Litteken from Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP on an unexpected cybersecurity compliance rule that is forcing government contractors to act quickly. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Amazon, TikTok, Facebook, Others Ordered To Explain What They Do With User Data California fines Uber $59 million, threatens license over refusal to hand over sexual assault data Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
Ben looks at potential antitrust suits against Facebook, Dave looks at anti-hate speech laws in Germany that are serving as models for authoritarians around the world, our international LOTL asks about what the privacy of instant messaging platforms looks like in the US, and later in the show, Dave's conversation with Jennifer Strong, host of the new MIT Technology Review podcast, "In Machines We Trust." While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: State, federal authorities expected to file antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday Germany’s Online Crackdowns Inspire the World’s Dictators Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
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 of Conflict. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Argument analysis: Justices seem wary of breadth of federal computer fraud statute The algorithms are watching us, but who is watching the algorithms? Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
Ben has the story of Amazon allegedly spying on warehouse workers, Dave has an overview of how cyber policy may play out in a Biden Administration, and later in the show Dave's conversation with Robert Carolina. He is general counsel for the Internet Systems Consortium, and a senior visiting fellow in the Information Security Group at the University of London.  While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company’s Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups How cyber policy will evolve under Biden Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
Ben has an update on Baltimore’s spy plane, Dave wonders about the tension between free speech, disinformation and public health, and later in the show Dave's conversation with Laura Noren, NYU Visiting Professor of Data Science and VP of Privacy & Trust at Obsidian Security on who governs the cloud and what data protection regulations are actually enforceable. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Appeals court rules Baltimore “spy plane” does not violate privacy rights Tweet Dave discusses Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.
Ben looks facial recognition technology being used on protesters, Dave's got the story of ICE and DHS buying up moment-by-moment mobile device location data, and later in the show Dave's conversation with Jamil Jaffer from IronNet Security. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Facial recognition used to identify Lafayette Square protester accused of assault DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
Dave wonders if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg isn’t asking congress to throw him in the briar patch. Ben looks at the massive amount of data politicians gather on voters, our Listener on the Line came about when Dave was chatting with his pal Jason DeFillippo on Grumpy Old Geeks about facial recognition software, and later in the show, Dave has a conversation with Curtis Simpson, CISO at Armis, he shares his thoughts on some recent IoT legislative updates. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: How politicians target you: 3,000 data points on every voter, including your phone number Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg calls for Section 230 reform, 'Congress should update the law' Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
As we are not publishing in observance of Veterans Day, we thought you might like to check out an episode of our weekly Career Notes short form podcast that comes out on Sundays. Check it out and subscribe today! Technology attorney and startup chief of staff Elizabeth Wharton shares her experiences and how she came to work with companies in technology. Elizabeth talks about how she always liked solving problems and Nancy Drew mysteries, but not litigation. These morphed finding into her home in the policy legal world and some time later, technology law. Elizabeth describes how she loves planning and strategy in her work and encourages others to ask questions and absorb all of the information. Our thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her story with us.
Dave a story about the US Department of Justice bringing antitrust charges against Google, Ben looks at the increased use of phone cracking tools by law enforcement, and later in the show, Dave talks with Morgan Wright, chief security advisor at SentinelOne, former Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention and Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
Ben looks at a case involving mobile device passwords and Miranda rights, Dave has a story about warrants for Google keyword searches. and later in the show Ben speaks with Ben Wright, Professor at SANS Institute on setting performance standards for security and associated liabilities. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Twitter: Orin Kerr Mickelson v. State Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
Dave has a story about police foundations buying hacking tools for local law enforcement, Ben looks at California’s prop-24 fight over the future of privacy, Dave takes a look at the conclusions of a House report that many of tech’s biggest firms are enjoying unfair monopoly power, and later in the show our conversation with Travis Leblanc from Cooley on the European court Invalidating the EU-US Privacy Shield. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon abused monopoly power, House report says Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
Dave has a story about websites tracking you every online move, Ben describes concerns over allegations that Homeland Security was tapping protester’s phone lines in Portland, and later in the show our conversation with Andrew Burt, visiting fellow at Yale Law’s information society project, former FBI policy advisor, and chief legal officer at Immuta on Google Geofencing. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Federal Agencies Tapped Protesters’ Phones in Portland The High Privacy Cost of a “Free” Website Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
Dave has an update on Baltimore’s spyplane, Ben describes concerns over violations by the FBI, CIA, NSA of FISA court rules, and later in the show our conversation with Kim Zetter on her recent article in The Intercept, titled “How Cops Can Secretly Track Your Phone.” It’s all about stingrays and dirtboxes, so stick around for that. While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Elizabeth Goitein on Twitter In appeals court, Baltimore surveillance plane suit gets a mixed reaction Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
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