40 episodes

A weekly conversation on cybersecurity law and policy, surveillance and digital privacy. Hosted by the CyberWire's Dave Bittner and Ben Yelin from the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. They break down important current legal cases, policy battles, and regulatory matters along with the news headlines that matter most. It’s not just a podcast for lawyers and policymakers; security professionals, businesses, and anyone concerned about privacy and security in the digital age will find the discussions accessible, relevant, and thought provoking.

Caveat the CyberWire

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    • 5.0, 42 Ratings

A weekly conversation on cybersecurity law and policy, surveillance and digital privacy. Hosted by the CyberWire's Dave Bittner and Ben Yelin from the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. They break down important current legal cases, policy battles, and regulatory matters along with the news headlines that matter most. It’s not just a podcast for lawyers and policymakers; security professionals, businesses, and anyone concerned about privacy and security in the digital age will find the discussions accessible, relevant, and thought provoking.

    The evolution of the internet.

    The evolution of the internet.

    Dave's got the story of the Google geofencing location requests coming under scrutiny, Ben describes how federal officers are using social media streams to track down protesters, and later in the show our conversation with Max Kirby from Publicis Groupe on the Evolution of the internet: how did we get to this point.
    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:
    How feds used a YouTube livestream to arrest a Portland protester
    Police Requests for Google Users’ Location Histories Face New Scrutiny
    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. 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 42 min
    Diversity in contact tracing.

    Diversity in contact tracing.

    Dave's got the story of the Department of Homeland Security authorizing the collection of information on protestors, Ben covers a European court ruling affecting Facebook, and later in the show our conversation with Elissa Redmiles, a Researcher in the Security & Privacy Group at Microsoft Research. We’ll be getting her take on the privacy concerns of the coronavirus apps.
    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:
    EU court voids data-sharing pact with the U.S. in Facebook privacy case
    DHS authorizes personnel to collect information on protesters it says threaten monuments
    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. 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 40 min
    The power of the pen.

    The power of the pen.

    Dave's got the story of police using smart streetlights to investigate protesters, Ben has the story of major tech companies responding to China’s new Hong Kong security law, and later in the show our conversation with Scott Godes, partner with Barnes & Thornburg on how companies who are affected by data breaches should approach insurance recovery.
    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 Secret Service Tried to Catch a Hacker With a Malware Booby-Trap
    Police Are Buying Access to Hacked Website Data
    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. 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 42 min
    Law takes time.

    Law takes time.

    Dave's got the story of police using smart streetlights to investigate protesters, Ben has the story of major tech companies responding to China’s new Hong Kong security law, and later in the show our conversation with Hilary Wandall, SVP of Privacy Intelligence at TrustArc, on healthcare privacy issues.
    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:
    TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong as tech companies push back against new security law
    Police Used Smart Streetlight Footage to Investigate Protesters
    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. 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 41 min
    Huawei statements are not as strong as before.

    Huawei statements are not as strong as before.

    Dave's got the story of a school district in hot water over facial recognition issues, Ben has the story of protesters being tracked via their mobile devices, and later in the show our conversation with Shannon Vavra with CyberScoop on her recent article, "Huawei execs admit they don't know whether their tech is used for surveillance."
    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:
    Almost 17,000 Protesters Had No Idea A Tech Company Was Tracing Their Location
    Lockport school district will intervene in NYCLU lawsuit
    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. 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 37 min
    Policy is a mess.

    Policy is a mess.

    Dave's got the story of the IRS giving up on location data, Ben has the story of a man wrongfully arrested due to a facial recognition match, and later in the show our conversation with Fred Cate, Vice President for research at Indiana University and author of the book "Bulk Collection: Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector 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:
    Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm
    IRS Used Cellphone Location Data to Try to Find Suspects
    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. 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

@rdecker99 ,

Smart, funny, educational

The show explores the fascinating intersection of law and cyber in a casual conversational style that illuminates the complexities of security and privacy in our current “Black Mirror”-like era. Every show teaches me something new about the 4th Amendment and what a “reasonable expectation of privacy” might mean in a world of drones, cell towers, license plate scanners, and stolen data. Thanks Dave and Ben! You’re always fun to listen to, and Dave’s questions for Ben (the legal expert) often anticipate the exact questions that arise for me while listening to the show.

Frogstar5 ,

Thought provoking law and policy insights.

In a world where surveillance is ever more prevalent and digital privacy ever more important, I find this show helps me better understand the complicated and often nuanced challenges faced by our society. Thank you Dave and Ben!

Bob Bergan ,

Excellent Podcast

The Cyber Wire team presents a much needed examination of the relationship between cyber issues and the law.

My only question is did they lift their intro music from The Onion’s “The Topical” or was it the other way around?

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