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Net Neutrality, Repealed – What to Expect Ahead

The FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality regulations has provoked strong reactions from free speech advocates, corporations, politicians, and everyday internet users alike, making it difficult to separate the facts from the bluster. We’ve outlined the case for net neutrality before, so in this piece we’ll examine the legal elements of the…

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Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Cellphone Surveillance Case

In what could arguably be labeled as one of the most consequential Supreme Court terms in decades, one particular case stands out within the realm of technology and privacy: Carpenter v. United States, No. 16-402. This case looms large as the Supreme Court seeks to determine the extent to which cell phone…

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How Viable are VPNs for your Online Privacy Needs?

In a recent piece on internet privacy legislation, Quandary Peak’s editorial team addressed the Congressional vote in March to overturn Obama-era internet privacy laws. In short, the new law gives telecommunications companies greater flexibility in how they can track, collect, and sell customer data. From a consumer standpoint, the implications of this…

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A Briefing on Internet Privacy Legislation (2017)

On March 28, 2017, Congress voted to overturn Obama-era internet privacy laws that were scheduled to go into effect later this year. As one of their first orders of business under President Trump, Congress targeted the FCC rule that required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to “protect the privacy of their customers…[ensuring] broadband…

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Code is Tricky, Part 2: Source Code Never Runs

Every software expert at Quandary Peak regularly reads and analyzes large volumes of source code, and while understanding the specific programming language can help, it’s not the only skill we bring to a project. Knowing the unique qualities and nuances that apply to programming code can be the difference between winning and losing a trial. In…

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Code is Tricky, Part 1: Dead Code

Every software expert at Quandary Peak regularly reads and analyzes large volumes of source code, and while understanding the specific programming language can help, it’s not the only skill we bring to a project. Knowing the unique qualities and nuances that apply to programming code can be the difference between winning and losing a case. In…

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If You Have a Slow Network Connection, You Can Prove It

It can be hard to know if the Internet connection you’re paying for (at home or at work) is really giving you the speed that you’re paying for. With almost 90% of Americans using the Internet regularly, and a market size around $100 billion, both companies and consumers want to know if they’re getting…

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Google vs. EU: Antitrust Conflict Timeline

The European Commission’s investigation of Google’s alleged misconduct has done nothing but expand and intensify over the last six years. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s Competition Commissioner appointed in the midst of the investigations, has spearheaded the ‘don’t back down’ attitude taken by the EU. She resisted her predecessors’ efforts to settle the…

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Jury Finds Apple Infringed Smartphone Patent

A patent trial in the District of Delaware between MobileMedia Ideas (MMI) and Apple ended with a jury finding of infringement by Apple and an award of $3 million to MMI. The patent at issue, U.S. Patent No. RE 39,231, described the invention of the “polite ignore” feature on cell phones for…

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Lacking in Transparency: The Google Transparency Project

In April 2016, the Campaign for Accountability (CfA) launched the Google Transparency Project (GTP), aimed at creating an online resource for the public to explore the relationship between Google and the government—and the impact of this relationship on American lives. In a statement, CfA Executive Director Anne Weisman said, “Google has long…

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