Digital Daily Dozen 04/10/2014

EU High Court Overturns Telecom Data Retention Requirements

The Court of Justice of the EU, the highest court in the EU, declared the EU’s 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid. The directive requires telecoms and ISPs to collect and retain traffic and location data regarding users’ calls and Internet activity for up to two years in order to assist law enforcement in preventing “serious crime.”

The Right to Tweet

Faculty members and staffers at public institutions in Kansas have doubled down on a policy that protects their right to express their opinions on social media. The proposal now heads to the Kansas Board of Regents, where it faces uncertain prospects.

Judiciary Raises Programming, Broadband Control Issues with Comcast/TWC

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a marathon—three-hour—hearing on the proposed Comcast/TWC deal with both Democrats and Republicans raising issues about the impact of the deal on availability of programming, prices to consumers, and access to broadband.

Users’ Stark Reminder: As Web Grows, It Grows Less Secure

The bug known as Heartbleed illustrates that the Internet is still in its youth, and vulnerable to all sorts of unseen dangers, including simple human error.

Canada halts online tax returns in wake of Heartbleed

Canada Revenue Agency has halted online filing of tax returns by the country’s citizens following the disclosure of the Heartbleed security vulnerability that rocked the Internet this week.

Facebook Updates Right-Side Ads To Match News Feed Ads

Ever since Facebook opened up the news feed to advertising, display ads on the right side of the page have become also-rans in the competition for marketers’ dollars. Higher engagement rates in the news feed have made it prime real estate for Facebook advertisers, making the right-column ads a less attractive option.

Aereo Eyes Aggressive Expansion as Case Looms

Even as Aereo faces a potentially crippling U.S. Supreme Court fight, the streaming TV startup is getting ready for expansion to 50 cities across the country. "We’re trying to line up a bunch of things in hope of a positive decision," said CEO and founder Chet Kanojia.

YouTube Hurts Music Album Sales, Research Says

Researchers from Fairfield University and the University of Colorado have suggested that YouTube may have played a role in the decline in music sales. Based on Warner Music’s YouTube blackout, researchers concluded that the video portal cost the label up to $40 million per year.

Social Nets Push Broadcasters To Experiment

Broadcasters had a chance to mine their frenemies relationship with Google, Facebook and Twitter more closely at the NAB Show. Two points were clear: both camps need each other in an inextricably entwined media landscape and broadcasters need to take a highly differentiated approach to each social platform.

Senate Patent Troll Bill Delayed Again

The odds of Congress passing legislation this year aimed at patent trolls took a slight downturn after Senate Judiciary Committee leaders announced they couldn’t reach a deal on the bipartisan bill. While lawmakers have a “tentative agreement in principle,” they still disagree on some details, according to Sen. Grassley.

Heartbleed bug puts the chaotic nature of the Internet under the magnifying glass

A major flaw revealed this week in widely used encryption software has highlighted one of the enduring — and terrifying — realities of the Internet: It is inherently chaotic, built by multitudes and continuously tweaked, with nobody in charge of it all.

T-Mobile’s next move: Shame AT&T and Verizon into ditching data overage fees

Wireless customers don’t like data caps in general and they really, really don’t like paying overage fees when they go over those caps, even if Verizon and AT&T do send them repeated text messages warning them that they’re about to exceed their monthly limits.

Court says FTC can go after companies who get hacked for their weak security practices.

The FTC went after Wyndham hotels for its egregiously bad data security (which made it easy for hackers to get hotel guests’ information, including credit cards), but Wyndham fought back, saying the FTC had no authority over such matters, especially without having first issued specific rules.

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.