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Join us for thought provoking conversations on surveillance, digital privacy, and cybersecurity law and policy in the information age. Each week, hosts Dave Bittner and Ben Yelin break down the headlines, legal cases, and policy battles that matter most. 

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Join us for thought provoking conversations on surveillance, digital privacy, and cybersecurity law and policy in the information age. Each week, hosts Dave Bittner and Ben Yelin break down the headlines, legal cases, and policy battles that matter most. 

    Private companies are not subject to the First Amendment.

    Private companies are not subject to the First Amendment.

    Guest Robert Nelon a partner at the national law firm Hall Estill joins Dave to discuss Facebook’s decision to uphold their ban on former president Trump’s account, Ben reviews the Supreme Court’s decision on the Van Buren Case. Dave's got the story of a US state pushing Google to be classified as a public utility. Programming note: Dave and Ben recorded in studio!
    While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney. 
    Links to stories:

    The Supreme Court pared down a controversial anti-hacking law

    Ohio sues to have Google declared a public utility


    Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you. 

    • 41 min
    Data privacy laws are failing.

    Data privacy laws are failing.

    Ben looks at new legislation restricting police use of DNA, Dave's got the story of the proposed algorithm transparency bill, and later in the show our conversation with Rita Garry from Robbins, Salomon & Patt on how data privacy laws are failing US consumers and businesses.

    While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney. 
    Links to stories:

    Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

    Algorithm Transparency Bill Introduced


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    • 40 min
    The normalization of data leaks.

    The normalization of data leaks.

    Guest Chris Strand of IntSights joins Dave to talk about whether the "Normalization of Data Leaks" drives further need for federal data privacy regulation to combat complacency, Ben takes a look new legislation in Florida that would punish social media companies that suspend political candidates, Dave shares a story about Chicago’s predictive policing program.
    While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney. 
    Links to stories:

    Florida governor signs bill barring social media companies from blocking political candidates

    HEAT LISTED


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    • 42 min
    To pay or not to pay? Ransomware negotiation.

    To pay or not to pay? Ransomware negotiation.

    Guest Leeann Nicolo is a ransomware negotiation expert from Coalition who joins Dave to discuss how they determine to pay out a ransomware gang, Ben takes a look at President Biden’s executive order on cyber security, Dave shares a story that has news of a bipartisan bill that would ban warrantless location data purchases.
    While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney. 
    Links to stories:

    Biden administration releases ambitious cybersecurity executive order

    'Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act' Would Ban Clearview and Warrantless Location Data Purchases


    Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you. 

    • 35 min
    Many do not trust their banks and banking apps.

    Many do not trust their banks and banking apps.

    Guest Marijus Briedis joins us from NordVPN to discuss their 2021 Online Banking Privacy Trends survey, Ben discusses a key Appeals Court case on cell site location information tracking, Dave takes a look at the Biden administration’s broadband proposals and why it’s giving cable companies heartburn.
    While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney. 
    Links to stories:

    Tweet that Ben uses for his story

    In Biden’s broadband plan, cable is in for the fight of its life


    Got a question you'd like us to answer on our show? You can send your audio file to caveat@thecyberwire.com or simply leave us a message at (410) 618-3720. Hope to hear from you. 

    • 36 min
    Privacy sector shift under the Biden administration.

    Privacy sector shift under the Biden administration.

    Our guest Caitlin Fennessy from International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) joins Dave to discuss the shift in the privacy sector under the Biden administration, Ben shares he has been following the trial between Apple and Epic Games, Dave's got the story of a ruling that says SnapChat can be sued for their role in a fatal car crash, and Listener on the Line comes from Kevin about stolen encrypted data.
    While this show covers legal topics, and Ben is a lawyer, the views expressed do not constitute legal advice. For official legal advice on any of the topics we cover, please contact your attorney. 
    Links to stories:

    Apple and Epic Games meet in court on Monday. Here’s everything you need to know.

    Snapchat Can Be Sued Over Role In Fatal Car Crash, Court Rules


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    • 45 min

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Get back on track, stop with bias

More Cyber policy and laws not politics and bias. It’s the little jabs at conservatives views that ruin this great podcast. You do present multiple views on policy and laws. Just do it better, please. Take notes from Paul Merritt on politics and podcasting. He’s a ninja at being objective.

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Show has become politically biased against Republicans

Starting out in 2019, the show was great. Recently, as since November 2020 and beyond, the show has increasingly become politically biased towards left leaning listeners. Dave and Ben get in jabs against Republicans whenever they can.

For example, one episode Ben referenced an article written by the New York Times and had to mention that Trump thinks it is a dying newspaper but Ben thinks they write great stuff. I found this comment to be unprofessional and just petty. Why do you feel the need to say what Trump thinks of the NYT. Ben has also made some offensive generalizations about Trump supporters as they are “old uneducated and computer illiterate people” in his opinion.

Dave on the other hand is obsessed with “Far right” misinformation. It’s been the topic of at least three shows now. He never defines what he means by far right. Who/what does he consider far right? Dave believes far right misinformation is way more dangerous than far left misinformation because he found a study that says this. Dave never goes into any real detail about how the study was conducted or the scientific analysis of how the conclusions was determined.

There are more examples of bias not mentioned. If you listen long enough, you will notice that Ben and Dave are less critical of Democrats than Republicans.

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