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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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Court Blocks California’s IMDb Age Law

Yesterday, a Washington state federal judge enjoin enforcement of California’s AB 1687, which restricted certain entertainment websites from reporting an actor’s or actresses’ birth details without their consent.  The statute attempted to reverse the decision from Hoang v. Amazon. Round 1: Hoang v. Amazon and IMDb In 2011, actress Junie Hoang sued IMDb, a wholly-owned…

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…

The Sharing Economy

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…

Victory For BackPage

Backpage Wins Partial Victory in Criminal Case

We have previously reported about Backpage  executives being arrested and charged on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping by California Attorney General (and Senator-elect) Kamala Harris and Backpage’s effort to get the claim dismissed under CDA Section 230. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman issued a tentative ruling in…

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Internet Day 2016

Yesterday I attended UCLA’s celebration of Internet Day 2016 featuring Professor Leonard Kleinrock recounting  the birth of the internet at UCLA on October 29, 1969 and a screening of the Wernor Herzog documentary “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.”  Below is a video of Professor Kleinrock’s presentation and partial Q&A. The documentary features…

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Lawsuit Claims Colts App Eavesdropped on Users

A class action lawsuit has been filed claiming that the Indianapolis Colts mobile app “systematically and surreptitiously intercepting consumers’ oral communications.”  “With the microphone activated, the app listens to and records all audio within range — including consumer conversations.” The app was designed by Yinzcam Inc. and has the functionality to direct fans in the stadium to…

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Creating a Culture of Cyber Security

The Internet Law Center is proud to be a Champion for National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by StaySafeOnline.org.  During the month of October, we will be posting information on cyber security and safe internet practices. Week 2 of NCSA Month focuses on Creating a Culture of Cyber Security, as outlined in the video and infographic below.…

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White House, Natl Cyber Security Alliance Launch Lock Down Your Login Campaign

White House and the National Cyber Security Alliance Join Forces to Launch “Lock Down Your Login,” a STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Campaign Leading Technology Companies and Nonprofits Collaborate to Help Consumers Move Beyond the Password and Adopt Strong Authentication for Key Online Accounts The White House, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and more than 35…