FTC Not Backing Down in Facebook Antitrust Lawsuit

In December 2020, the Trump Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust complaint (Case No. 1:20-cv-03590, D.D.C.) against Facebook which came [f]ollowing a lengthy investigation in cooperation with a coalition of attorneys general of 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, the complaint alleges that Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy—including its 2012 acquisition…

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Maine Supreme Court – Facebook Posts May Constitute a Communication in Violation of Restraining Order

Richard Heffron III was subject to a protection from abuse order that prohibited him “from having any contact, direct or indirect,” with the protected person whom he once had a relationship with.  He was convicted of violating that order by making posts that began some of the posts with the phrase, “Hey, [protected person’s name],” and…

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First GDPR Complaints Filed Against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp

Within hours of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into force on May 25th, a new non-profit – the European Center for Digital Rights (aka “noyb” for none of your business) – filed actions Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp seeking between 1.3 to 3.7 billion euros in penalties. Company Authority Maximum Penalty Complaint…

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Coalition Launches Campaign to Get Big Tech to Agree to Increase Privacy and Data Security Protections

A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have launched a campaign to pressure tech companies to commit to stronger privacy and security practices via a Security Pledge, that they contend “would ensure the Internet is used to expand democracy, not undermine it” if adopted.  The pledge borrows several elements from the European Union’s GDPR…

EU Preliminary Ruling Puts US-EU Safe Harbor in Jeopardy

EU Preliminary Ruling Puts US-EU Safe Harbor in Jeopardy A Preliminary Opinion on a challenge to Facebook’s privacy practices has put in question the continued viability of the US-EU Safe Harbor program which permits data transfers between the US and European businesses. FACEBOOK’S EUROPEAN NEMESIS.  Austrian Maximillan Schrems has become Facebook’s European nemesis after spending…

The Great Facebook Experiment Train Wreck

  Last month, a publication of the National Academy of Sciences published the results of an experiment conducted by Facebook on 689,003 users that involved controlling user news feed to either include or exclude positive information.  As summarized by Forbes’ Kashmir Hill , “[i]f there was a week in January 2012 where you were only seeing photos of…

CLBR Today – Robert Ellis Smith Addresses Mobile App Privacy

ROBERT ELLIS SMITH RETURNS TO CLBR TO DISCUSS PRIVACY AND MOBILE APPS With California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ enforcement action filed against Delta for its lack of privacy policy for its mobile app and the FTC indicating that it is investigating mobile compliance with children’s privacy protections, mobile privacy has become the hot domestic internet…

Facebook Wins Dismissal of PageRage Antitrust Suit

In March Facebook was hit with an antitrust lawsuit by PageRage which helps users customize their Facebook page.  PageRage claims that Facebook not only demanded that users remove PageRage skins from their profile pages but also organized an advertiser boycott. On November 29th, the complaint was dismissed with the judge stressing: There is no fundamental right…