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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...
News Story
9/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google Inc. (GOOG:US), the world’s most-used Internet search engine, must face claims in a lawsuit that its Street View feature violated protections against wiretapping, a federal appeals court ruled The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a judge’s decision that Google must face the claims. The Wi-Fi network data collected...
News Story
9/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook's announcement late yesterday that it will delay the rollout of a revised privacy policy and data use agreement until next week comes on the heels of unified outcry from consumer rights groups. The updates were originally scheduled to go into effect September 5. When the social network announced the planned changes on August 29, six...
News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to prevent Facebook Inc. (FB) from changing its data use policies on concern with how the social network operator handles user information for advertising. The proposed update would violate the company’s policies and an earlier settlement with the FTC, according to a letter to the agency...
News Release
9/5/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer privacy groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to enforce an earlier consent order with Facebook and block proposed changes in the social network’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its Data Use Policy because the proposed changes violate the 2011 settlement with the...
News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Half a dozen privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop Facebook from enacting changes to two of its governing documents. Facebook proposed updates to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities last week, including language it said would clarify what information on the site it uses for advertisements. But...