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Now You See It, Now You Don’t. Or Do You?

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Snapchat, the hot app that promises messages disappear within seconds of appearing on the recipient’s phone, recently found itself in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC questioned several of Snapchat’s privacy claims, from location data collection to the very basis of the app’s existence—the self-destructing messages—and found major lapses in the […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

May 27th, 2014 at 10:03 am

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Is It Legal to Record and Release Conversations?

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The lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling from the National Basketball Association (NBA) has some wondering about when it’s OK to record a private conversation and then release it to the public. In Sterling’s situation, his alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, recorded a conversation between the two of them in which Sterling made […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 21st, 2014 at 8:32 am

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Does Your Use of Company Benefits Come with Privacy?

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If you’re reading this at work, you’re most likely aware that anything you do online can be monitored by your employer. From Googling “polar vortex” last month to all the news you read this week, your online activity is practically as public as your power suit. But what sort of privacy can one expect of […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

March 24th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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Facebook Eases Privacy Rules for Teenagers

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Parents beware: Your teenager’s Facebook posts may not be as private as you think. The largest social media network of all, with a user base of more than a billion people worldwide, recently loosened available privacy settings for posts made by youths aged 13 to 17. With recent changes to default settings, only friends of […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

February 11th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

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Anti-Paparazzi Bill Now Law in California

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  In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed an anti-paparazzi bill into law that is intended to protect celebrities’ children from harassing behavior of photographers. In addition to potential jail time of up to a year, the law will impose significant penalties on a photographer who harasses a celebrity’s child under the age of 18. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

NJ: Employers Can’t Ask for Social Media Passwords

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NorthJersey.com reports that New Jersey governor Chris Christie has signed a law that prohibits employers from asking both current and prospective employees for their social media passwords. The legislation also states that employers cannot require applicants to waive or limit their rights as delineated in the newly signed law. While the legislation stops employers from […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 16th, 2013 at 9:21 am

Kardashian and Old Navy Settle Lawsuit Over Advertisement

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Kim Kardashian has reached an agreement with Old Navy over a commercial that the socialite and businesswoman claimed ran afoul of her publicity rights. The 2011 Old Navy advertisement in question, “Super C-U-T-E,” featured a singer/model who Kardashian claimed looked so much like her that her fans could be confused into believing that she herself […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 30th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

‘Salinger’s Law’ Vetoed by New Hampshire Governor

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A bill known as “Salinger’s Law” was vetoed last week by New Hampshire’s governor. The bill was so named because it came about thanks to author J.D. Salinger’s son, Matt, who has been fighting to keep control of his father’s image since his death in 2010. The bill would have made the right to control the commercial […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 18th, 2012 at 10:29 am

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Government Seeks Twitter Info of Occupy Wall Street Protester

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Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has written an excellent account of the story of Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protester who was arrested for alleged disorderly conduct on October 1, 2011 on the Brooklyn Bridge — and whose Twitter account information is being sought by the government. As Fakhoury reports, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 22nd, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Demi Moore 911 Call Leads to Privacy Bill in California

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Spurred to action by the release of a 911 call about actress Demi Moore, California Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) has introduced a bill that would prohibit authorities from releasing the medical or any personally identifying information in such emergency phone calls. Current California law prohibits the release of personal details, but AB 1275 is written […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 21st, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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