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No Google Street View Photos Without Three Days’ Notice in Italy

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We’ve talked about Google’s problems across the pond, including a French court’s ruling that the “suggest” feature pulled up defamatory words to an Italian court’s convicting three execs of a privacy violation. Well now Italy is at it again with a ruling from its Privacy Authority that will require Google Street View cars, which take […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 26th, 2010 at 9:41 am

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Amazon and ACLU Resist Release of Customer Information

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has entered the fray between the state of North Carolina and Amazon.com over the release of customer information. North Carolina wants sales tax money from purchases made through Amazon.com by state residents, but in order to collect, they’d need names, addresses, and a description of the items sold. Amazon.com […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 21st, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Actor Files Defamation Suit Based on Twitter Posting

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When Twitter user “bwayanonymous” tweeted “Which Avenue Q cast member gave Marty Thomas crabs?,” Broadway actor Marty Thomas didn’t think it was very tweet-tastic. In fact, he found it defamatory and subsequently filed a lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court claiming the tweet was not only “malicious and false” but also seen by colleagues […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 18th, 2010 at 9:54 am

Pennsylvania School District Settles “Spycamgate” Lawsuits

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Back in April, we talked a bit about two lawsuits against Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania alleging privacy violations for the remote activation of webcams on laptops issued to students. Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the lawsuits have been settled for just over $600,000; most of that sum will go to the attorney […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 12th, 2010 at 9:47 am

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Privacy Advocates Sue Department of Homeland Security Over Full-Body Scanners

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has sued the Department of Homeland Security over full-body scanners currently being used in some United States airports. The scans are done by machines that use x-ray or radio frequency and produce somewhat blurred images of a person’s naked body; they are used to find hidden contraband, although some […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 5th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Lindsay Lohan v. E*Trade: The Milkaholic Lawsuit

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Have you heard about Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against E*Trade? Back in March, Lohan sued the online financial company for $100 million over the “milkaholic” commercial that ran during this year’s Super Bowl. Lohan claims that the commercial, which can be seen in its entirety below, defamed her and violated her right to privacy as it […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 12th, 2010 at 10:47 am

Electronic Communications Privacy Act Under Attack – By Just About Everyone

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Finally something Google, Microsoft, AOL, the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Americans for Tax Reform can agree on! These companies, privacy advocates, and thinktanks are all members of the Digital Due Process coalition, which is pushing for Congress to overhaul the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) enacted in 1986, well before the Internet surge; […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 2nd, 2010 at 8:39 am

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