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FTC and Facebook Come to Privacy Agreement

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Facebook and privacy concerns have been walking hand in hand for years now, and now the social media giant has agreed to tighter controls by the Federal Trade Commission, including regular privacy audits conducted by an independent agency biannually for the next 20 years. The agreement comes between the FTC and Facebook on the heels […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 2nd, 2011 at 5:32 am

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Divorcing Couple Ordered to Exchange Facebook Passwords

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We’ve seen employees fired over Facebook postings and photos, a judge grant permission to an opposing party to dig into private Facebook postings in a personal injury lawsuit, and another judge force a juror to reveal Facebook status updates, but this one is certainly a different twist: a Connecticut judge has ordered a divorcing couple […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 13th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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Twitter Must Turn Over Data in WikiLeaks Case

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A federal court judge has ruled that the private Twitter information of three WikiLeaks associates must be handed over to a grand jury investigating the case; the 60-page memorandum opinion (PDF) penned by Judge Liam O’Grady upheld a previous decision by a Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan. Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament, and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 11th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Georgia Teacher’s Lawsuit Over Facebook Firing Continues

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According to the Barrow County Superior Court, a former Georgia high school teacher can proceed with her lawsuit against the school district that fired her over Facebook photos. Ashley Payne was an English teacher at Apalachee High in Winder, Georgia for two years until the fall of 2009, when the administration received an anonymous tip […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 26th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

FTC Holding Free Workshop on Facial Recognition Technology

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it’s hosting a free workshop in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 2011 to discuss facial recognition technology “and the privacy and security implications raised by its increasing use.” Facebook’s recent adoption of facial recognition technology for photos on the site has seemed to spark a large amount […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 22nd, 2011 at 11:18 am

FTC Proposes Changes to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

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Accept/delete (tracking) cookies by stallio on Flickr The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that would further restrict the kinds of personal information websites could collect from users under 13 years old; the proposed amendments are intended to address issues that have come up in the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 19th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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Facebook Faces Another Lawsuit Over “Like” Button

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Facebook is facing yet another legal challenge over its “Like” feature—this time as it pertains to cookies and tracking user information. As you might recall, Facebook “likes” are also the subject of a lawsuit involving whether the buttons violate children’s right to privacy. According to the complaint filed by three California residents, “Unbeknownst to Internet […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 23rd, 2011 at 10:24 am

Do Facebook “Likes” Violate Minors’ Right to Privacy?

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A St. Louis law firm has sued Facebook in federal court for allegedly using the names and photos of minors to promote their products and services without parental consent. The theory behind the lawsuit filed by Korein Tillery is that when a minor clicks the “like” button for a page of a business or other […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 6th, 2011 at 10:00 am

Courtney Love Tweets Her Way Into Another Lawsuit

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Back in March, Courtney Love settled a Twitter-related lawsuit out of court, but she now finds herself again the defendant in a cause of action for tweeting an allegedly libelous statement. Last week, the San Diego law firm of Gordon & Holmes filed a complaint against Love for allegedly implying that one of its lawyers […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 1st, 2011 at 7:26 am

California’s “Do Not Track” Bill Clears First Hurdle

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California is currently weighing legislation that would require websites to gain user permission before collecting data through cookies in what is believed to be the country’s first “Do Not Track” bill. SB 761 was introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D – 27th District) and is sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group. It passed […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am