Decrypting laptop doesn't count as self-incrimination, US federal judge rules (from Sean) - This will eventually make it's way to the SCOTUS and it will be interesting to see the outcome.
An excellent article from the New York Times Magazine titled "The Great Cyberheist" - Details the Shadowcrew case and the eventual takedown of Albert Gonzalez.
Microsoft Suggests Public Health Response for Sick PCs from Clyde - While Microsoft could try to make a better product, there is no incentive for them do so when they can externalize expenses that would otherwise be internal. We see the same issue play out with companies who pollute and companies that sell products that make otherwise healthy people sick. In this case, Microsoft has an even greater advantage as they are able to avoid all liability associated with making an inferior product through the use of an unconscionable End-User License Agreement (EULA). This allows them to avoid the liability and costs associated with making a product that is not fit for the purpose for which it is sold, which is otherwise a common law requirement for making any product. This is unfair to all other business sectors as it gives them a legal advantage that no other sector enjoys, thereby violating the principle of equal protection under the law.
What's up with Encryption? from Kathy
Funny lawsuit from Tracy
George Washington University Law Professor Daniel Solove's "The Future of Reputation" is now available online.
U.S. and Russian officials talk cyberissues from Tregg
Daniel Solove's "The Digital Person" is now available online for free but worth buying nonetheless.
Judge Orders Google To Deactivate User's Gmail Account
This is a must read. This could have some very far reaching ramifications.
Mass. could be fifth state to adopt anti-UCITA law
Only two states, Virginia in 2001 and Maryland in 2000, have enacted the UCITA model legislation. Four states have adopted anti-UCITA measures, Iowa, North Carolina, West Virginia and Vermont. This "bomb-shelter" legislation, intended to prevent a vendor from applying, for instance, Maryland's UCITA law provisions on residents in a bomb-shelter state.
Lawsuit: Copyright Filtering Technology Infringes
Lazy Workers = Hackers? - This is one of the more asinine cases I have read about since the Amero case and an excellent example of why local yokels are not qualified to regulate such matters. Although I am usually on the anti-Federalist side of many issues, this is one example of a demonstrable need for national laws that supersede state laws on such matters so we have a more consistent regulatory environment.