While we’re all wiping the champagne-induced sleep from our eyes, inevitably we have to sober up for 2014.
The new year will mark new beginnings for all of us, but it will also mark the continuation (and perhaps conclusion) of a number of high-profile tech legal cases. We’ve chosen to highlight a few cases that could lead to profound changes in the tech landscape in years to come.
Without further ado, here’s an update on the top four cases that we have our eyes on (in no order): the collective challenges to the National Security Agency spying, Megaupload, Silk Road, and Lavabit.
NSA spying litigation
The Snowden leaks made public a great deal of information about government surveillance, both at home and abroad.
Arguably, the most stunning and controversial program was the first that was revealed: the dragnet collection of every phone number called. That bulk data collection program inspired at least two lawsuits against the government and changed the nature of a third case.