Phone Frustration: FTC Files Suit against AT&T for Deliberately Slowing Phone Speeds of “Unlimited” Plan Users

Author: Ashley Clever, Contributing Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review

Frustration with technology often causes one to wonder if there is an electronic conspiracy raging war against technology users. Usually these thoughts are ridiculous, fabricated only by an overly-unreliable copy machine that seems to always jam minutes before an important deadline or by an iPhone that works perfectly until the day the newest version is released and then mysteriously begins to freeze, making the owner want to upgrade. But some worries about an elaborate electronic conspiracy might actually be well-founded, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently filed a complaint against AT&T Mobility Company (AT&T) for reducing the data speeds of users who had an “unlimited” phone plan.[1]

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Here We Go Again: Another Secret Government Program Chips Away at the Fourth Amendment

Author: Cameron Downer, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review

Thanks to Edward Snowden, Americans learned that the National Security Administration was storing call records from the major phone networks to help fight the war on terrorism. Just three months after the NSA information was leaked, Americans learned of yet another government program after a PowerPoint about the program was leaked. This program, entitled “Hemisphere,” focuses on recording and searching domestic conversations between American citizens in order to help fight the war on drugs.

The Hemisphere database is even more extensive than the one used by the NSA and is yet another example of how the government is chipping away at the rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

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