Category Archives: Amicus

Clinic Files Amicus Brief Arguing for Broader Access to Government Databases Through FOIA

The Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief (pdf) this week in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a group of data journalists and media organizations, advocating for a different approach to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) … Continue reading

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Clinic Files Amicus Brief for Former Mag. Judges re: Surveillance Orders

The Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief (pdf) last week in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of a group of former United States Magistrate Judges, supporting the unsealing of government surveillance orders and applications. … Continue reading

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Clinic Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Members of Congress in Support of Access to Law

On September 25, 2017, the Cyberlaw Clinic and local counsel Catherine Gellis filed an amicus brief on behalf of members of Congress Zoe Lofgren (D-CA 19th District) and Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th District) in the United States Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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Cyberlaw Clinic Files Amicus Brief in SJC Cell Phone Search Case

The Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief (PDF) in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) in Commonwealth v. White, SJC-11917. This is the third case in as many years in … Continue reading

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Massachusetts SJC Ruling Protects Cellphone Location Privacy

In a strong affirmation of the privacy interests of cellphone users, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled unanimously earlier this week that law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth must obtain a warrant to access anything more than a minimal … Continue reading

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Third Circuit Vacates Andrew Auernheimer’s CFAA Conviction

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that defendant Andrew Auernheimer’s conviction for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act rested on an incorrect determination by the United States District Court for the District of New … Continue reading

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Massachusetts High Court Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Tracking

On Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued its ruling in Commonwealth v. Augustine (available here). The Court ruled that police officers need to obtain a warrant before they obtain information about your location from a cell phone service … Continue reading

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Fifth Amendment Prevents Compelled Decryption

On Monday, the Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the case of … Continue reading

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Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against TripAdvisor

The Sixth Circuit issued an important decision today in Seaton v. TripAdvisor, LLC, a case concerning Tennessee defamation law and the scope of liability for online intermediaries that aggregate user-submitted content (in this case, hotel reviews).  The Cyberlaw Clinic submitted … Continue reading

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Cyberlaw Clinic Defends Free Speech at Federal Appeals Court

Today the Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief in the case of U.S. v. Auernheimer on behalf of the Digital Media Law Project (DMLP), arguing that the First Amendment prohibits the government from punishing Auernheimer’s disclosure of true, newsworthy information, … Continue reading

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