Over roughly the past four months, Vobile filed more than 350 takedown notices to Google, according to Lumen, a Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society project studying online content takedown requests. The notices ask Google to remove the suspected URLs from its search results.
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“While it is appropriate for law enforcement, with a warrant, to use a security flaw to gain access to which it is legally entitled, the flaw should be patched as soon as possible for everyone else’s sake,” Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard Law School, told the Monitor.
‘The Transparency Reporting Toolkit: Survey and Best Practice Memos,’ a new report from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Open Technology Initiative, is a compilation of eight memos that look at the major challenges that U.S. Internet and telecommunications companies face when reporting on U.S. law enforcement and government requests for user information, and identify industry best practices for this transparency reporting.
In a recent report published by Havard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a team of experts pointed out that some powerful trends will continue to “facilitate government access” to personal information.
“Courts look very unfavorably in circumstances where the government forces a private citizen or an organization perhaps to speak, to say something—especially if it [is] a view that they don’t side with,” said David O’Brien, a senior researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, in Forbes.
“The goal is to make the documents so modular that much of the text disappears, leaving parties with only specific deal points and clear relationships,” according to Primavera de Filippi, a research fellow at Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. “These relationships can be ‘rendered’ at any time into full legal documents, for verification and enforcement.”
With the withdrawal of the San Bernardino case, no resolution is possible and it’s going to take time for the government to have such a strong case again, said David O’Brien, a senior researcher with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.