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Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, how could someone combine the worst elements of Google Glass and Teddy Ruxpin into one creepy, privacy-chilling, cuddly bundle of technological horror?"

Dream no more! A patent application was recently published in which Google (naturally) applied for a patent on "[a]n anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy" that could "be configured to control one or more media devices."

Now Chucky is going to hog the remote, too!

The IRS announced yesterday that it had suffered a data breach with allowed criminals to gain access to the tax return information of more than 100,000 tax payers. That information could have then been used to file fraudulent returns -- and receive fraudulent refunds.

The hacking, which was limited to one IRS application, exposed weaknesses in the Service's authentication system and emphasizes the continued risks associated with the loss of personal information in other data breaches.

Up to 1.1 million customers may have had their data stolen when CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan, was hacked on Wednesday. According to the company, the hackers gained access to information such as names, birthdays and emails, but not private medical or financial information. The incident makes CareFirst the third large health insurer this year to have lost customer data to hackers. Across the three, more than 90 million customers may have had their personal information compromised.

With each breach, a new handful of potentially costly class-action lawsuits are filed. When Anthem compromised millions of customers' information, more than 50 class actions were filed in under a month.

What's a lawyer to do?

An important section of the Patriot Act is set to expire June 1st. Without a renewal from Congress, that could mean the end to the NSA's collection of bulk phone metadata. The surveillance program was recently ruled illegal by the Second Circuit and has lost support in the House. Yet, Senate Republicans remain strongly supportive.

As the Senate considers whether to renew the Patriot act, working through an old fashioned filibuster, the question remains: what will happen to the NSA's phone data collection program?

Several years ago, Facebook users became aware that the social media giant could track them across websites that used Facebook tracking cookies. Some users became upset, but Facebook assured them that these cookies could track Facebook users only while they were logged in to Facebook.

Except that turned out not to be true, either. Eventually, Facebook closed the glitch (was it a glitch?) allowing sites to track users' activity even while they were logged out of Facebook. Now, from Belgium, comes news that you're being tracked even if you're not a member of Facebook!

The Department of Justice has withdrawn its appeal of a district court ruling that excluded evidence gathered by a webcam nailed to a utility pole across the street from a suspected drug dealer's house. After the district court for the Eastern District of Washington found that the surveillance violated the defendant's constitutional right to privacy, prosecutors appealed.

The DOJ had argued in earlier filings that "the webcam on a pole" surveillance was legal, since it was similar to an officer's observations on the street. Call it the "bootleg Robocop" theory of surveillance. They may no longer stand by that contention, however, having abandoned their appeal in a brief filing with the Ninth Circuit yesterday.

When Google Glass announced in January that it was ending its Explorer program, it looked like our cyborg future might be in jeopardy. Thankfully, Microsoft has stepped into the void, obtaining a patent for emotion detecting glasses. With an enhanced set of eyes, we may be one step closer to putting ourselves to the fullest possible use, which is all any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

Of course, Microsoft's glasses probably won't transcend the human-computer divide just yet, but they may have important implications for the legal profession.

Last year, the ACLU filed a records request with the Los Angeles Police Department for a week's worth of data gleaned from 242 cameras that are designed to scan license plates. Was everyone in L.A. County suspected of a crime? How long was this information stored? Was it cross referenced with over information? Could it be used to track people around the county?

All legitimate questions -- but questions that will have to wait for another day, apparently, as a California appellate court ruled that the ACLU doesn't have a right to that information.

There's been a lot talk about "digital natives" lately, that cohort of Millennials who grew up immersed in an online world, never engaging in once-common activities like flipping through an encyclopedia or trying to fold up a map. Those tasks were largely outsourced to computers by the late '90s.

Surprisingly, it turns out that many in this generation of computer whizzes can't do even the most basic Internet task: Google effectively. According to a study of college students at Illinois Wesleyan University, only 23 percent were able to conduct a "well-executed" Google search.

That's right; the kids these days can't even Google. Can you?

Well, color us shocked. The Second Circuit this morning found that the NSA's bulk metadata collection program -- which, by the way, would have remained secret if not for Edward Snowden -- was not authorized by the USA PATRIOT Act.

The court took seriously the notion that systematic bulk electronic collection of metadata is very different from more "traditional" metadata collection, such as reading the address on an envelope or using a pen register on a phone. Even though the court limited its holding to the statute, and avoided the Constitution, the stage is set for putting the concurring opinions in United States v. Jones into practice.