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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...
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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...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook, which has repeatedly tripped over its own feet when changing its privacy practices, has stumbled yet again. The Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that it had begun an inquiry into whether the social network’s proposed new privacy policies, unveiled two weeks ago, violated a 2011 agreement with regulators. Under that...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission is evaluating whether changes to two of Facebook’s key privacy policies adhere to a 2011 agreement between the agency and the social network. Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth confirmed that the FTC is evaluating Facebook’s policies.   “We routinely discuss policy updates with the FTC and this...
News Release
9/10/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A federal appeals court ruled today that Google’s interception of messages from private Wi-Fi networks is not exempt from federal wiretap laws, opening the way for a class action suit in the Wi-Spy case to move forward with possible damages amounting to billions of dollars. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of...
News Story
9/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Google wrongly collected people’s personal correspondence and online activities through their Wi-Fi systems as it drove down their streets with car cameras shooting photos for its Street View mapping project. The ruling that the practice violates wiretap laws sends a warning to other...