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Daily Archives: June 14, 2022

How the Federal Government Buys Our Cell Phone Location

EFF: “Over the past few years, data brokers and federal military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies have formed a vast, secretive partnership to surveil the movements of millions of people. Many of the mobile apps on our cell phones track our movements with great precision and frequency. Data brokers harvest our location data from the app developers, and then sell it to these agencies. Once in government hands, the data is used by the military to spy on people overseas, by ICE to monitor people in and around the U.S., and by criminal investigators like the FBI and Secret Service. This post will draw on recent research and reporting to explain how this surveillance partnership works, why is it alarming, and what can we do about it…”

Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to all users worldwide

Mozilla Blog, June 14, 2022 – “Take back your privacy.  Starting today, Firefox is rolling out Total Cookie Protection by default to all Firefox users worldwide, making Firefox the most private and secure major browser available across Windows, Mac and Linux. Total Cookie Protection is Firefox’s strongest privacy protection to date, confining cookies to the… Continue Reading

CRS – How Treasury Issues Debt

How Treasury Issues Debt, Updated June 14, 2022 [21 pages]: “The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), among other roles, manages the country’s debt. The primary objective of Treasury’s debt management strategy is to finance the government’s borrowing needs at the lowest cost over time. To accomplish this Treasury adheres to three principles: (1) to… Continue Reading

CRS 6 Part Series – The Political Doctrine Question

LSB10756| The Political Question Doctrine: An Introduction (Part 1) Joanna R. Lampe Jun 14, 2022 – “This Legal Sidebar is the first in a six-part series that discusses the Supreme Court’s political question doctrine, which instructs that federal courts should forbear from resolving questions when doing so would require the judiciary to make policy decisions,… Continue Reading

Adults living with gun owners significantly more likely to die by homicide, especially if they are female

Source: Homicide Deaths Among Adult Cohabitants of Handgun Owners in California, 2004 to 2016: “Although personal protection is a major motivation for purchasing firearms, existing studies suggest that people living in homes with firearms have higher risks for dying by homicide. Distribution of those risks among household members is poorly understood. Objective: To estimate the… Continue Reading

From Global Databases to Global Norms? The Future of Cultural Property Law

Lehavi, Amnon, From Global Databases to Global Norms? The Future of Cultural Property Law (May 26, 2022). University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, 2023 Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or “This Article identifies the key role that digital databases with global access can play in bridging over significant disparities between national legal systems.… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety

The White House, May 25, 2022 – “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order as follows: Section 1. Policy. Our criminal justice system must respect the dignity and rights of all persons and adhere to our fundamental obligation to… Continue Reading