the Zealous

07 Sep 16 1816

University researchers conducted a study of 543 participants (communication majors studying privacy, big data and surveillance issues) to measure the frequency and depth of online terms review and comprehension. The research was motivated by a desire to point out the fallacy of a privacy regulatory regime that relies exclusively on the notice-and-consent model.
 
The study authors used modified versions of LinkedIn's terms and policies. They asked the students to sign up to a fictitious social network, similar to LinkedIn, that the university, the students were told, had contracted with. The terms required the user to consent to the disclosure of data to the NSA and to "third parties [building] data products designed to assess eligibility", which, the terms state, "could impact … employment, financial service (bank loans, insurance, etc.), university entrance, international travel, and the criminal justice system."
 
The terms even obligated the user to turn over the user's first born child to the site owner.

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22 Jul 16 2020

Apropos of the recent announcement of Tim Kaine as Hillary's VP, here's an excerpt of a transcript from an April 2016 Senate hearing in which the Senator from Virginia is questioning the Defense Secretary on the legality of operations within Syria: 

"I am correct, am I not, that Syria has not invited us to conduct military operation within the nation of Syria?" Kaine asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

"You are correct," Carter responded. "But we do have lawyers."

Drop the mic.

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04 Jul 16 1537

Sometimes it's a good idea to remind ourselves of that which makes this place special: the Redline Membership Code of Conduct:

Redline is a global association of Legal Professionals dedicated to elevating our profession – legal artisans coming together in a unique and dynamic online collaboration environment. Members must treat each other with the utmost courtesy, respect and consideration. Conduct that violates these norms, in our sole judgment, may result in account termination, including without limitation: (a) ad hominem attacks; (b) submitting Content that calls into question another Member's honesty, judgment, competence or intelligence in a personal and belittling way; (c) revealing another Member's identity when that Member has chosen anonymity; (d) posting private correspondence openly in public; (e) impersonating any person or entity or misrepresenting any affiliation or relationship; (f) forging headers or manipulating identifiers or otherwise disguising or attempting to disguise origin; (g) sending unsolicited marketing, spam, or similar materials; (h) stalking or otherwise harassing or abusing a Member; (i) using a Member's Content against that Member in any litigation or negotiation in order to show inconsistency or contradiction, in violation of section 8.2; and (j) conduct that would violate applicable standards of professional responsibility or these Terms. In addition, reference is made to the Core Rules of Netiquette, with which you agree to comply to the best of your ability:

1) remember the human;
2) adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life;
3) know where you are in cyberspace;
4) respect other people's time and bandwidth;
5) make yourself look good online;
6) share expert knowledge;
7) help keep flame wars under control;
8) respect other people's privacy;
9) don't abuse your power; and
10) be forgiving of other people's mistakes.

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