About Sona Makker

Sona is a first-year law student studying technology law at Santa Clara University. She’s an advocate for online privacy, digital rights, and public access to the public domain. If she’s not arguing with her siblings over whether This American Life is better than Radiolab, you’ll probably find her whipping up vegetarian dishes, or attempting to do a headstand in yoga class.
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Uber Faces Charges of Uber Negligence

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Uber Faces Charges of Uber Negligence
Not even a month into the new year and Uber has already been hit with a lawsuit. This time, however, it’s for something far more concerning than its previous legal troubles. On New Year’s Eve, an Uber driver struck and killed 6-year-old Sofia Liu as she was crossing the street with her mother and younger…
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Now Accepting: Bitcoin

Now Accepting: Bitcoin

On January 3rd, 2009, a team of hackers operating under the name Satoshi Nakamoto released a string of code that created a system for exchanging and transferring money online anonymously, outside the gaze of the government. And thus, Bitcoin was born. Five years later, on New Year’s Eve, a group of Bitcoin evangelists launched the…
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AirBnB Served With Subpoena To Give Up User Data

AirBnB Served With Subpoena To Give Up User Data

AirBnB, the poster-child of the sharing economy, has found itself in yet another sticky legal situation. The popular apartment-sharing website just got served with a subpoena from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The AG is requesting three years’ worth of user data from 225,000 New Yorkers on the site to launch an investigation on…
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Street View Program Privacy Violations Could Cost Google Millions

Street View Program Privacy Violations Could Cost Google Millions

Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long awaited decision for the controversial case against Google and its Street View program (Joffe v. Google). Remember back in 2010, when we found out that those sly little ‘Street View Cars’ were collecting data from open Wi-Fi networks including MAC addresses and even “payload…
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California ‘Do Not Track Bill’ Seeks to Salvage Internet Privacy

California ‘Do Not Track Bill’ Seeks to Salvage Internet Privacy

A new Pew study shows that 86 percent of Americans have tried to conceal their online identities and “scrub their digital footprints” by clearing browsing histories, deleting social media posts, concealing their IP addresses. That’s a pretty significant number– it’s not just the privacy nerds that care about tracking. As Kara Kiesler, an author of…
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