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December 31, 2016  11:46 PM

Amazon Echo Warrant Seeks Recordings

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, legal, voice

Prosecutors investigating a murder have submitted a warrant to Amazon, trying to get data that the suspect’s Amazon Echo smart home assistant might have recorded at the time. If you don’t have an Echo (

December 22, 2016  2:07 PM

Scientists Copy Data to Save It From Trump

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Storage

Co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Gilmore was known for his saying, “The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” With Donald Trump’s election as President, the Internet is getting a little help. Concerned that a Trump administration might delete...


November 30, 2016  6:34 PM

Microsoft-DoJ Irish Data Case Headed for Supremes

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, law, Microsoft, privacy, Security

As you may recall, in July the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Microsoft did indeed not have to turn over data it owned that was stored in Ireland, in response to a Department of Justice (DoJ) search warrant. At the time, supporters were glad but said it was possible that the DoJ would...


November 29, 2016  12:29 AM

What Will be the Trump Effect on Data Storage?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security, Storage

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States could have some really interesting implications for data storage, data sovereignty, and encryption. If by “interesting” you mean Really Scary and Bad. The Internet Association, a group of about 40 Internet vendors including...


September 30, 2016  6:51 PM

JASTA: E-Discovery Story of the Year

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, government

Political and foreign policy ramifications aside, Congress’ recent override of President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia has the potential for some really interesting e-discovery implications. In case you haven’t watched CNN lately, Congress...


September 29, 2016  12:39 PM

Archivists Dealing With Born-Digital Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, history, museum, Storage

When former Texas Governor Rick Perry left office in 2014, the records he left to the State Library and Archives Commission included more than 7 terabytes of data, writes Isabelle Taft in the Texas Tribune. But there weren't any digital archives to put it. “While the governor’s...


August 31, 2016  10:58 PM

FBI Deliberately Uses Old FOIA Software

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, FOIA, government

We’ve all experienced the sort of person who performs something badly on purpose in order to get out of doing it. Whether it’s a secretary who makes coffee badly because she doesn’t think it should be her job to make coffee, or a husband who does household chores or child-raising badly so he...


August 25, 2016  11:25 PM

Apollo Software Renews Interest in Rope Memory

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, history, Storage

The recent publication of the original Apollo 11 lunar module code in GitHub is bringing new interest to a really arcane form of storage: Rope memory. Let’s get the Moore’s Law, kids-these-days aspect of this over with right away: The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) had just “36,864...


July 31, 2016  4:00 PM

Eek! Laptops Full of ISIS Sexually Explicit Material!

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security

You could call it Porn Wars. The U.S. conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being fought not on the battlefield – to the extent there even is a battlefield with the guerilla-focused organization – but also psychologically, using pornography. For example, the activist...


July 29, 2016  12:31 AM

EU, U.S. Agree On User Data Privacy

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security

As you may recall, last fall the European Union got concerned about its citizens' user data privacy regarding sending data to U.S. companies, because of data...


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