Bitcoin is the most prominent cryptographic digital currency emerging as a privately-created medium of exchange. What exactly are these currencies, and what is their impact on commerce, government, and national security?
In 2001, Argentina defaulted on $80 billion of government bonds. When issuing the bonds in the early 1990s, Argentina expressly waived sovereign immunity, in order to get higher value for the bonds it issued. Now, Argentina is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals requiring disclosure of information about the country’s assets. What are the extent of the plaintiff’s rights to discovery of Argentina’s assets? Does the answer depend on the location, use, or character of the assets? The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital on Monday, April 21, 2014. Our expert offered his impression of the arguments and answered questions from a call-in audience.
Maureen K. Ohlhausen was nominated to the Federal Trade Commission by President Barack Obama and, on March 29, 2012, was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She will be participate in a Teleforum on the FTC’s activities in the area of consumer privacy, including recent revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.
The rise of sophisticated technologies over the last few years has allowed websites and other online entities to gather and distill large amounts of data about particular internet users. Although there are many efficiency gains from this activity, such as the development of new services and better-targeted advertising, people have also become concerned about possible invasions of privacy from monitoring an individual’s internet activity. Recognizing that children’s online privacy is an especially sensitive area, COPPA prohibits an operator of a website or online service that is directed to children, or who has actual knowledge that it is gathering personal information from a child, from collecting such information without providing notice of its data collection and obtaining verifiable parental consent for it. The FTC recently expanded the COPPA Rule’s coverage to include more types of personal information, such as IP addresses, and to expand the definition of an operator to reach entities that do not collect or use children’s information. Commissioner Ohlhausen addressed how she seeks to balance the FTC’s mandate under Section 5 of the FTC Act to protect consumers against unfair or deceptive acts with the legitimate rights of business to gather and use information for commercial purposes and why she dissented from the FTC’s revision to the COPPA Rule.
On Friday, November 15, 2013, the Federalist Society hosted a discussion between Former United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Professor Jeremy A. Rabkin of George Mason University School of Law on "NSA Data Collection" at the 2013 National Lawyers Convention. Former Acting United States Attorney General George J. Terwilliger moderated.
Discussion: NSA Data Collection
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.