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11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest proposals aimed at avoiding an antitrust fine from European authorities have been leaked amid growing anger over the secrecy surrounding the case. The documents, seen by IDG News Service on Wednesday and verified by sources in possession of the originals, revealed the full remedies put forward by Google, the questionnaire that...
News Release
9/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Now-hidden payments to political bloggers will have to be disclosed if the Fair Political Practices Commission approves a proposed regulation to increase campaign transparency today. The rule would require campaign committees to disclose any amount paid to a blogger or other commenter that posts an opinion online, and where...
News Story
9/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state campaign watchdog agency acted Thursday to require political campaigns to report when they pay people to post favorable or unfavorable content on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. The state Fair Political Practices Commission acted out of concern that the public might be deceived into...
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...
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...