2015 Cyberlaw Year in Review – Seeking Security Over Privacy, Finding Neither
19 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 23, 2015
2015 proved to be a difficult year for the ideals of a networked world brought together through computer and technology. The year has been characterized by a series of terrorist attacks across the globe, many having some social media, Internet, or cyber-component. If the past year was focused on individual privacy and governmental accountability, this year has shifted to global terrorism and a search for effective security.
Edward Snowden, the self-appointed whistleblower of 2013 was nearly forgotten as security again took center stage. Cyber-attacks by China and North Korea; terrorist attacks by ISIS and domestic threats from homegrown terrorists; and corporate attacks designed to destroy online companies combined to make a new chapter in the world of cyber law. The year culminated with the enactment of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. This review highlights a few of the key drivers that shaped the year of cyber law and may help anticipate the trajectory of the year to come.
Keywords: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Terrorism, Ashley Madison, ISIS, ISIL, data, NSA, Homeland Security
JEL Classification: H56, K1, K10, K21, K42, l86, O34,
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