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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 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.
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 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 for his story In Biden’s broadband plan, cable is in for the fight of its life 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 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, and Listener on the Line comes from Kevin about stolen encrypted 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: Apple and Epic Games meet in court on Monday. Here’s everything you need to know. Snapchat Can Be Sued Over Role In Fatal Car Crash, Court 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.
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 ParkMobile breach and asking how companies be held to account for the loss of "basic data" when the harms that result can't be directly linked to the loss? 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 court approved FBI’s continued use of warrantless surveillance power despite repeated violations of privacy rules Apple sued for terminating account with $25,000 worth of apps and videos ParkMobile Update: Security Notification - March 2021 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 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 advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: California lawsuit against Chinese tech giant raises a thorny question: Can the plaintiffs remain anonymous? Aiming for truth, fairness, and equity in your company’s use of AI Twitter post about FTC blog post 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.
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 Circuit Court has upheld citizen’s right to secretly record police. 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: FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks First Circuit Upholds First Amendment Right to Secretly Audio Record 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.
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 legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Clarence Thomas blasts Section 230, wants “common-carrier” rules on Twitter I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget 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 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. 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 Faces Class Action for Allegedly "Selling Users' Data" Prison Mail Surveillance Company Keeps Tabs On Those On the Outside, Too 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 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 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: A Police Camera That Never Tires Stirs Unease at 1st Circuit How Facebook got addicted to spreading misinformation 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 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 right to offer image embedding to other sites and if the copyright claim is relinquished once uploaded. 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 mulls software security grades after SolarWinds Google antitrust suit takes aim at Chrome’s Privacy Sandbox 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 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 legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: FBI seems confident in the granularity of their Capitol cell tower dumps Jason Kint tweet Take Control Of Your Privacy 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 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 constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney.  Links to stories: Virginia governor signs nation’s second state consumer privacy bill Far-right news sources on Facebook more engaging The most engaging political news on Facebook? Far-right misinformation. 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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