Paul Schwartz

Experts criticize US electronic devices ban on some flights from Middle East

Paul Schwartz and Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by The Guardian, March 21, 2017

Paul Schwartz … noted that the 9/11 hijackers had a cell in Hamburg, Germany. “One potential problem with this approach where you single out countries is that you ignore the extent to which the terrorist threat is kind of state-less,” he said. “The terrorists have cells throughout the entire world.”

Efforts to more broadly restrict laptops on planes would likely face widespread resistance, said Chris Hoofnagle. …. “It’s a massive inconvenience to have to check a laptop, and you can imagine that such a demand is met with resistance by air carriers, who are powerful lobbies.”

Kanye West may have broken the law by recording Taylor Swift call

Christopher Hoofnagle and Paul Schwartz quoted in The Guardian, July 19, 2016

“California is an ‘all-party consent’ wiretapping state. What that means is, even on things like a conference call, before you record it, you’re supposed to announce to everyone, ‘I’m going to record this call,’” said Chris Hoofnagle. … “There’s civil and criminal liability.”

Paul Schwartz … said Swift could also bring a “tort claim” alleging “public disclosure of private facts.”

The delayed revolution in digital financial services

Paul Schwartz writes for TechCrunch, April 9, 2016

Technology has transformed how we work, communicate and travel. In contrast, modern digital technology has not yet transformed financial services. Open data is the key to change in this sector of the economy.

Apple peels away at DOJ bid to unlock phones with NY win

Paul Schwartz quoted in Law360, March 1, 2016

“While the New York order is not directly binding outside this particular case, it does boost Apple because it undercuts the government’s argument that what is being requested in the San Bernardino case is minimal and unique by showing that these types of requests are being made all over the country,” said Paul Schwartz.

VW refuses to give American states documents in emissions inquiries

Paul Schwartz interviewed by The New York Times, Jan. 8, 2016

“In the E.U., data protection is a fundamental right that is in the European charter,” said Paul M. Schwartz. … The German federal constitutional court has also identified a right to “informational self-determination,” he said. Such laws are “real obstacles,” he said, adding, “Europeans really take privacy seriously.”