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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 Paul Robichaux of Quest Software joins Dave to talk about how government agencies can better protect citizen data, Ben has a story about the European Union considering a mandate for common chargers for all phones, and Dave's got the story an Uber driver in the UK getting locked out of his account because 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: In a setback for Apple, the European Union seeks a common charger for all phones. Ex-Uber driver takes legal action over ‘racist’ face-recognition software 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 Rob Shavell of DeleteMe talks with Dave Bittner about "how to protect local officials from doxxing and threats" amidst rising tensions over back-to-school policies, Ben's got the latest in FTC's antitrust case against Facebook, and Dave's story is about the Supreme Court considering disclosure of FISA court rulings. 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: Facebook again asks judge to dismiss FTC antitrust complaint, arguing it lacks ‘valid factual basis’ At the Supreme Court, a Plea to Reveal Secret Surveillance Rulings 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.
Our guest is author and journalist Steven Levy. He’s editor-at-large at Wired and his most recent book is "Facebook: The Inside Story. Steven offers his insights on Facebook’s internal research teams, Ben shares a newly-decided court case on whether Big Tech companies can be sued under the Anti-Terrorism statute, and Dave's got the story of some warrantless surveillance being declared unconstitutional in Colorado.  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 appeals court clears social media companies in Pulse shooting lawsuit Colorado Supreme Court Rules Three Months of Warrantless Video Surveillance Violates the Constitution 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 Paul Karlsgodt from Baker Hostetler joins Dave to discuss the latest class action trend – wiretapping claims for use of standard online tracking software, Ben shares the story of some of the big online players bowing to pressure from Russian authorities. and Dave's got the story of the Supreme Court hearing a case on state secrets and FBI 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: Google and Apple, Under Pressure From Russia, Remove Voting App Supreme Court to Hear State Secrets Case on FBI Surveillance 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 Mark Lance from GuidePoint Security talks with Dave about the FBI's recent advice not to ban ransom payments, some listener follow-up from Kevin who asks for ways a company or small business could keep their security gaps out of courts, Ben shares the story of a judge allowing a lawsuit against Apple alleging privacy violation in its use of Siri, Dave's got the details on trade groups lobbying for streamlined breach reporting standards. 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. judge rules Google must face much of lawsuit over Voice Assistant Industry Groups Urge Lawmakers to Streamline Cyber Breach Reporting Rules 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 Aaron Tantleff of Foley & Lardner’s Privacy, Security & Information Management Practice talks with Dave about how the Colorado privacy law differs from CCPA and how companies need to prepare, Ben has an update on Apple’s CSAM scanning plans, and Dave's got the details on Apple’s plans to integrate your official state ID into Apple Wallet. 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: Apple delays the rollout of child-safety features over privacy concerns. Initial Details on Using Driver’s Licenses and State ID’s in Apple Wallet 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.
Guests Peter Singer and Lisa Guernsey, co-authors of New America's "Teaching Cyber Citizenship: Bridging Education and National Security to Build Resilience to New Online Threats," join Dave to discuss their work, Ben shares the story of people in Afghanistan scrubbing their online presence. Dave's got the story of US government agencies’ plans to increase the use of facial recognition technology. 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.  Resources: Afghans are racing to erase their online lives US government agencies plan to increase their use of facial recognition technology Teaching Cyber Citizenship: Bridging Education and National Security to Build Resilience to New Online Threats 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 David Derigiotis, Corporate Senior Vice President at Burns & Wilcox, joins Dave and Ben for an in-depth discussion this episode. Departing from our usual format, we take a closer look at the implications of Apple’s recent announcements that they will be enabling scanning for Child Sexual Abuse Materials, CSAM, on iOS devices. We devote the entire episode to this topic and hope you will join us. 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.  Resources: New York Times article: Are Apple’s Tools Against Child Abuse Bad for Your Privacy? YouTube video: An Update on Apple's CSAM Scanning Plans Accidental Tech Podcast: Episode 443 :A Storm of Asterisks 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 Jamil Jaffer from IronNet Cybersecurity joins Dave to share some of the key takeaways from President Biden’s Executive Order on cybersecurity, Ben looks at legislation aiming to better protect youngsters online. Dave shares an outline from the folks at Lawfare for more responsible offensive cyber 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: Blog: 4 key takeaways from Biden’s Executive Order on cybersecurity New bill would update decades-old law governing children’s privacy online, add protection for teens Responsible Cyber Offense 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 Luke Tenery, Partner at StoneTurn, joins Dave to discuss the recent confirmation of Jen Easterly as director of US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Ben looks at increased scepticism over the use of gunshot sensing technology, Dave digs into class action lawsuits on the heels of ransomware.  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: Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI First came the ransomware attacks, now come the lawsuits 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 David Derigiotis of Burns & Wilcox joins Dave to discuss protections related to fraud provided by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, Ben looks at an Appeals Court case on peer-to-peer file sharing and the Fourth Amendment, Dave discusses the FBI’s recent testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee on whether or not to ban ransomware payments.  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 Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit No. 20-2570 FBI tells Congress ransomware payments shouldn't be banned 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 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 constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Israeli Spyware Maker Is in Spotlight Amid Reports of Wide Abuses Despite the hype, iPhone security no match for NSO spyware Top U.S. Catholic Church official resigns after cellphone data used to track him on Grindr and to gay bars 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 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 creative in trying to ferret out leakers of classified information.  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: We Got the Phone the FBI Secretly Sold to Criminals Trump Justice Dept. effort to learn source of leaks for Post stories came in Barr’s final days as AG, court documents 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.
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 story that looks at an Ohio law that could make videotaping the police a crime. 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 follow-up and stories: Federal appeals court rebukes Baltimore spy plane program, likely blocks access to cache of remaining footage UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Judge Throws Out 2 Antitrust Cases Against Facebook Actually, the Antitrust Case Against Facebook Is Very Much Alive Proposed law making cell phone video of cops a crime moves forward by Ohio legislators 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 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 find themselves in hot water. 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: Tweet that Ben uses as the basis of his story. French spyware bosses indicted for their role in the torture of dissidents 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 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 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: Second Circuit Rules Individuals Have Standing to Sue for ‘Increased Risk’ of Identity Theft Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress Google Geofence Warrants Endanger Privacy—Judges Now See The Threat 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 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 recorded in studio! 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 Supreme Court pared down a controversial anti-hacking law Ohio sues to have Google declared a public utility 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 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 expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method Algorithm Transparency Bill Introduced 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 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 policing 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: Florida governor signs bill barring social media companies from blocking political candidates HEAT LISTED 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 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 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: Biden administration releases ambitious cybersecurity executive order 'Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act' Would Ban Clearview and Warrantless Location Data Purchases 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.
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