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News Story
3/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles - Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving. With that in mind, the California Department of Motor Vehicles held an initial public hearing Tuesday as it puzzles through how to regulate the public's use of the technology that is still being tested....
News Story
1/3/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — For privacy advocates, these are heady days. European leaders are weighing tough new online data protection rules—and costly penalties for violators—for their 500 million residents. The courts and Congress have placed a bullseye on U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs. Even dictionary.com declared...
Video
10/3/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson discusses federal Judge Lucy Koh's landmark decison that federal and state wiretap laws apply to Google's interception and reading of emails to target ads and build user profiles.  Another ruling by a federal  appeals court found that the wiretap laws apply in the...
News Story
9/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Two federal courts in California recently took up the question of whether invasion of privacy laws should apply to unauthorized opening of e-mail, in one case, and interception of unencrypted home Wi-Fi communications in another. Wiretapping law stood the test against "Wi-spying" on Tuesday. A panel of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — In a major legal setback for Google, a federal appeals court here said on Tuesday that a lawsuit accusing the Internet giant of illegal wiretapping could proceed. The ruling, which comes at a moment when online privacy is being hotly debated, has its origins in a much-publicized Google initiative, Street View, which tried to...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A US judge has ruled that Google did break the law when it harvested unsecured WiFi data while collecting images for its Street View mapping service, upholding an earlier ruling by a federal court. The decision means that a group of users who claim their privacy was violated by Google can now press ahead with their claim for damages against the...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A US appeals court has upheld a decision against Google and now claims the search giant must be held responsible for violating wiretapping laws. This decision comes after the California company appealed a previous ruling and argued that their collection of data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks was exempt from these laws. A panel of three judges ruled...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco upholds federal court's ruling Firm is being sued by users who claim their privacy was violated by Google Street View cars which gathered information via Wi-Fi networks Google acted illegally when it collected data on people's online activities through their Wi-Fi systems, the U.S. Court of Appeals...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal court’s decision to let a class action suit move forward against Google for nabbing data transmitted over household Wi-Fi networks adds a new wrinkle to the Internet titan’s perplexing approach to privacy rights. The 9th Circuit yesterday rejected Google’s request to throw out a case that arose after Google admitted in...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has lost its appeal to dismiss a class action lawsuit over its Street View cars' poaching of data from unsecured WiFi networks. "Google went out like fishermen with nets and scooped up whatever electronic fish were out there and processed it," said tech attorney Ray Van Dyke. It "could have thrown those fish back but did...