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A weekly conversation on cybersecurity law and policy, surveillance and digital privacy. 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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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.
Dave's has the story of adult websites and their reaction to deepfakes, Ben describes a ruling from the 9nth circuit court that has 4th amendment implications, and later in the show our conversation with Scott Giordano, VP and Sr. Counsel, Privacy and Compliance at Spirion on the surprising ways your data can be used against you, and how you can protect yourself and those who matter most. 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: United States v. Moalin - Ninth Circuit Opinion Porn Sites Still Won’t Take Down Nonconsensual Deepfakes 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 looks at one state’s plan to provide internet to rural students, Ben describes a controversial move by California lawmakers to implement immunity passports, and later in the show our conversation with Matt Lewis and Jennifer Fernick, researchers for the NCC Group on 'Smart' Cities: Weighing the Benefits Against the Dangers. Links to stories: California: Tell Your Senators That Ill-Conceived “Immunity Passports” Won’t Help Us Maryland has a plan to beam internet to rural students. But officials say it won’t be ready until next year. 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 reviews an essay from top US officials on persistent engagement as US cyber doctrine, Ben describes the potential implications of a ruling on geofencing, and later in the show our conversation with Sean Brooks, Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity’s Citizen Clinic program on his recent report, "Digital Safety Technical Assistance at Scale." 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: Orin Kerr via Twitter How to Compete in Cyberspace: Cyber Command’s New Approach 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 describes how California is providing data - a lot of data - the private investigators, Ben explains how Miami police were using facial recognition software to identify protesters, and later in the show our conversation with Stephen Cavey, Ground Labs’ Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist on the CCPA 6-month grace period that ended on July 1st. 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: Miami Police Used Facial Recognition Technology in Protester's Arrest California DMV Is Selling Drivers' Data to Private Investigators 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.
There is a trust gap.

There is a trust gap.

2020-08-1938:10

Ben describes a lawsuit accusing Zoom of misrepresenting their encryption, Dave shares a new project from the EFF that hunts Stingrays, and later in the show, Dave speaks with Rande Price and Chris Pedigo from Digital Content Next, a trade association for digital publishers, about the challenges of aligning the data that websites and apps collect with what consumers expect. 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 Cybersecurity 202: Zoom sued by consumer group for misrepresenting its encryption protections Stingrays can track your phone but were hard to detect. A new project changes that. 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.
Need affects change.

Need affects change.

2020-08-1239:56

Dave describes the business concerns of a company who makes their living scraping data, Ben explores the legal importance of being able to analyze source code, and later in the show Ben speaks with Professor Julia Lane, Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service on her forthcoming book, Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto. 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: EFF and ACLU Tell Federal Court that Forensic Software Source Code Must Be Disclosed This Billion Dollar Company Considers Privacy Laws a Threat to Its Business 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's got the story of the Google geofencing location requests coming under scrutiny, Ben describes how federal officers are using social media streams to track down protesters, and later in the show our conversation with Max Kirby from Publicis Groupe on the Evolution of the internet: how did we get to this point. 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 feds used a YouTube livestream to arrest a Portland protester Police Requests for Google Users’ Location Histories Face New Scrutiny 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's got the story of the Department of Homeland Security authorizing the collection of information on protestors, Ben covers a European court ruling affecting Facebook, and later in the show our conversation with Elissa Redmiles, a Researcher in the Security & Privacy Group at Microsoft Research. We’ll be getting her take on the privacy concerns of the coronavirus 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: EU court voids data-sharing pact with the U.S. in Facebook privacy case DHS authorizes personnel to collect information on protesters it says threaten monuments 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.
The power of the pen.

The power of the pen.

2020-07-2240:25

Dave's got the story of police using smart streetlights to investigate protesters, Ben has the story of major tech companies responding to China’s new Hong Kong security law, and later in the show our conversation with Scott Godes, partner with Barnes & Thornburg on how companies who are affected by data breaches should approach insurance recovery. 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 Secret Service Tried to Catch a Hacker With a Malware Booby-Trap Police Are Buying Access to Hacked Website 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.  Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.
Law takes time.

Law takes time.

2020-07-1539:15

Dave's got the story of police using smart streetlights to investigate protesters, Ben has the story of major tech companies responding to China’s new Hong Kong security law, and later in the show our conversation with Hilary Wandall, SVP of Privacy Intelligence at TrustArc, on healthcare privacy issues. 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: TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong as tech companies push back against new security law Police Used Smart Streetlight Footage to Investigate Protesters 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's got the story of a school district in hot water over facial recognition issues, Ben has the story of protesters being tracked via their mobile devices, and later in the show our conversation with Shannon Vavra with CyberScoop on her recent article, "Huawei execs admit they don't know whether their tech is used for surveillance." 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: Almost 17,000 Protesters Had No Idea A Tech Company Was Tracing Their Location Lockport school district will intervene in NYCLU lawsuit 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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