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Tech Leaders Object to DHS Proposal to Collect Social Media Passwords of Travelers

A coalition led by the Center for Democracy and Technology has stepped forward to oppose a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security to require that non-citizens provide their social media passwords when entering the country . The Letter The undersigned coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations, trade associations, and experts in security,…

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Briefing Begins in Hassell v Bird (Yelp)

  Last June, the Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling requiring Yelp to remove defamatory reviews that defendant Ava Bird had been ordered to remove.  In September, the Supreme Court agreed to the hear case.  Yelp’s initial brief and the Hassell Law Group’s answer have been filed.  Yelp is expected to file a reply brief…

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Got Privacy? Cali is Watching, Especially for Mobile Apps

Under the California Online Privacy Protection Act (Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 22575-22579), websites or online services collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers shall “conspicuously post its privacy policy”.  There are a number of requirements of such a policy, including that it addresses how its responds to Web browser “do not track” signals. While…

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FTC Releases Staff Report on Sharing Economy

In June 2015, the FTC held a workshop on consumer issues raised by the Sharing Economy.  This month, they have released their staff report of findings from the workshop. Here is a summary of their findings on regulatory issues: Should sharing economy suppliers and platforms face regulation? Panelists and commentators hotly debated this topic. Some…