Author Archives: Kevin A. Thompson

Controlling Access to Data on Apple devices when Personal Safety is at Risk

Apple has posted a support document explaining just how to check the personal privacy settings on your Apple devices. As they say:

If you’d like to revisit what you share with other people, or restore your device’s original settings for any reason, this guide can help you understand what information you are sharing via your Apple devices, and how to make changes to protect your safety. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to remove someone’s access to information you’ve previously granted: from location data on the Find My app, to meetings you’ve scheduled via Calendar.
If you’re concerned that someone is accessing information you did not share from your Apple device, this guide will also help you identify risks, and walk you through the steps to help make the technology you rely on as private and secure as you want it to be.

See https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1976/en_US/device-and-data-access-when-personal-safety-is-at-risk.pdf.

Article defending the FCC’s position on Network Neutrality

Here’s a link to a CircleID post defending the FCC’s actions towards repealing Network Neutrality, by Anthony Rutkowski: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20171121_the_fcc_is_taking_the_right_step/ The article is worth reading, and points out the way Network Neutrality was put into place was an act of folly: Nonetheless, the unfortunate attempt to assert Title II jurisdiction over “any person engaged in the… Continue Reading

Time flies

Since my last post, another Towel Day has come and gone. I’ve been enjoying the new Dirk Gently TV series, but will admit to being behind in my viewing. New episodes are taping, and I’ve still not seen the last season’s finale. <it’s next.> Sad times for a Douglas Adams fan, but also happy that… Continue Reading

Happy Towel Day!

It’s on days like this I miss Douglas Adams as well as Ed, the editor of Blawg Review. Both taken from us before their times. Both were hoopy froods. Happy #towelday! See https://t.co/1JpdWcjdti (Blawg Review #213 Towel Day edition) and Blawg Review 42 – https://t.co/W9966z42a9 — Kevin Thompson (@cyberlaw) May 25, 2016 So raise a… Continue Reading

Links of Note – April 22 2016

Here are this week’s links from Twitter (@Cyberlaw): Supreme Court denies cert in Authors Guild v. Google. https://t.co/zrV7sYy7Lk #fatladysings — James Grimmelmann (@grimmelm) April 18, 2016 An analysis of the Burr-Feinstein anti-Encryption bill pending in congress by @iainthomson at The Register – https://t.co/D5ktujGKSw — Kevin Thompson (@cyberlaw) April 14, 2016 Nice article by @gigalaw via… Continue Reading

Disparaging Trademarks: The Skin-ny on The Slants

Here’s my presentation to the Chicago Bar Association on April 6, 2016 on “Disparaging Trademarks: The Skin-ny on The Slants.” In my talk, I explained how Section 2(a) works when the mark is considered disparaging of an identifiable group, how it was ruled unconstitutional in the recent en banc decision of the Federal Circuit in… Continue Reading