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July 2020 Newsletter Now Available Online!

This month on TAP, privacy experts have been examining the Schrems II decision and sharing their insights. Other topics being examined by TAP scholars in recent weeks include COVID-19 technology and equity, the spread of misinformation online, and why online content moderation and Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act continues to be intensely debated.

Schrems II: US Surveillance Law Has Significant Problems

“The CJEU’s [European Court of Justice] problem isn’t that the US engages in a lot of surveillance. Instead, the CJEU noted several problems with US surveillance law that will not be easy to fix. As the CJEU explained, the US lacks some key protections and limitations in its law.” – Professor Daniel Solove, GWU Law

Why Don’t Cloud Service Providers Use Peak Load Pricing?

Electrical utilities charge more when demand is high. Why do cloud service providers not adopt similar price plans? In “Usage Patterns and the Economics of the Public Cloud,” economist Preston McAfee and his coauthors find that data center usage is stable, explaining why cloud pricing does not vary with demand. They predict that demand will vary more in the future, increasing the benefits of peak load pricing.  

Schrems II Raises Privacy Rights versus National Security

“The CJEU declined to address … how to reconcile fundamental rights with national security. As someone who has worked extensively both in privacy and national security, my own view is that the CJEU provides very little room for effective protection against military action.” – Peter Swire, Georgia Tech

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