Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Congress passes the Cloud Act clouded in secrecy

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Under: The Cloud Act
The DOJ has not been able to reach data from US citizens stored in foreign servers. Microsoft stores data from US clients including emails offshore in places like Ireland. Microsoft is before the Supreme Court challenging the DOJ's right to access the data stored on foreign servers. With the passage of the Cloud Act last night this case will likely be dismissed as moot. 

Privacy right's groups are saying the Cloud Act will expose US citizens to privacy breaches, since emails can be handed over to the DOJ from foreign servers under secret agreements.  The concerns are both on the individual and societal level. 

As individuals, we do not want anyone unauthorized to read our emails. But this is naive. Even with a private server nearly everyone you email uses shared servers. Everyone you email can also forward your emails.  The larger concern is the government can covertly harass citizens whose data is obtained by the Cloud Act. For the Cloud Act to work everyone at the DOJ has to be completely ethical, which is unlikely for any group of people. 

On the societal level, the more data the government possesses on group behavior, the more it can manipulate the masses. This is why companies buy data so they can manipulate masses into buying their products. As a group, we do not want our government to possess our data. About a decade ago, the DOJ has attempted to influence elections by voter fraud

There is potentially good news. Technology may route around this problem.  There are blockchain projects in development now which would break data into puzzle pieces and each puzzle piece would be stored on a separate server. No individual puzzle piece would have any information of value.  The owner of the data would hold an encrypted key sending a message to all the servers to connect the puzzle pieces making the data accessible only to the owner. Hopefully, public concern over data and privacy will speed technological advances. 

In : The Cloud Act 

Tags: cloud act  data  privacy  blockchain  supreme court 


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