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5/8/2014
By John M. Simpson
The Federal Trade Commission has just settled a major privacy case with Snapchat, the developer of a popular messaging app.  Snapchat promised its users that pictures and videos, called "snaps" would quickly disappear after being viewed by the recipient. As the developer put it in its FAQs, according to the FTC: Is there any way...
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5/5/2014
By John M. Simpson
Google's privacy invading wearable computing device, Glass, has been taking a lot of well deserved hits lately, and the Internet giant seems to have launched a PR campaign to bolster the device's plummeting image. Over the weekend Google sponsored "Glass Night Out" at various locations across the country. Saturday night my...
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4/24/2014
By John M. Simpson
A settlement has been reached in the $3 billion class action lawsuit on behalf of 64,000 high tech workers who charged that Silicon Valley tech titans like Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin illegally conspired to keep their wages down. Details of the settlement weren't released, but a joint letter from plaintiffs' and defendants...
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4/16/2014
By John M. Simpson
The CEO of Europe's largest newspaper publishing company is charging that Google is seeking to build a "digital superstate" free from the constraints of antitrust regulators and privacy concerns. In an open letter to the Internet giant's Chairman Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Alex Springer writes, "We are afraid of Google. I...
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4/14/2014
By Liza Tucker
What is a polluter’s shill to do when trying to save a client hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs? Well, one tactic is to manipulate the public living near the site of a partial nuclear meltdown into believing that nothing at one of the most polluted sites in California can hurt them. And hint that maybe, just maybe, this well-...
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4/11/2014
By John M. Simpson
From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here's what they...
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4/9/2014
By John M. Simpson
Perhaps you've heard of Google's latest outrageous gambit. The Internet giant is fighting to trademark the word "Glass."   Google Glass is the company's wearable and privacy-invasive computing device.  It's in beta mode, being tested by so-called explorers, who forked over $1,500 to become Glassholes. ...
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3/27/2014
By John M. Simpson
You'll recall I sent letters to the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission on Monday urging that they block the proposed $45 billion Comcast- Time Warner deal.  Today -- only three days later -- I was pleasantly surprised to receive a response from the DOJ. As I pointed out in my letters, the proposed deal is bad...
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3/27/2014
By John M. Simpson
A class action suit on behalf of as many as 168,500 patients of Los Angeles County medical facilities has been been filed against Sutherland Healthcare Solutions because of a breach their medical records. Sutherland handles billing and collections for the county's Department of Health Services and the county's Department of Public Health...
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3/14/2014
By John M. Simpson
Google's hypocrisy reached new heights in the latest filing by its attorneys in a class action suit in which the Internet giant is charged with violating wiretap laws when it reads the contents of email messages on its Gmail service. You'll recall that twenty-six media companies and journalism professional organizations including The New...