Battleground Europe: Tech Companies Feeling the Heat as Europe Flexes Regulatory Muscle

While the Tech Giants have benefited from the “light-touch” regulatory approach taken in the United States, European regulators are increasingly flexing their muscles in the area of taxation, antitrust, content moderation and privacy.  This is even before any potential retaliatory action taken in response to President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and threat of a…

Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet

Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet Australian Dr. Janice Duffy, was unhappy with the services of psychics offered by the website Kasamba and expressed her dissatisfaction through posts under various alias on RipOffReport.com (“ROR”).  The psychics responded in kind, with ROR posts accusing Duffy of stalking and harassing psychics. Duffy…

EU Announces Antitrust Charges Against Google

EU  Announces Antitrust Charges Against Google European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) announced it has served Google with a formal complaint (called a Statement of Objections) alleging that it unfairly prioritized its own Google Shopping search results over comparison shopping sites.  if the charges are proven,  Google could face up to $6.4 billion in fines. At…

Silicon Beach is Booming and Shifting to Playa Vista

Silicon Beach is Booming and Shifting to Playa Vista Things are looking bright for Silicon Beach. Entrepreneur Magazine reports that according to the L.A. Economic Development Council, the city has more people employed in high-tech jobs (368,500) than any other metro region in the U.S.   In addition, according to the Kaufman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity the city claimed…

The Mounting Cost of the NSA Scandal: “Severe and Getting Worse”

The Mounting Cost of the NSA Scandal: “Severe and Getting Worse” In the last few weeks, the New American Foundation (NAF) released its report, “Surveillance Costs:The NSA’s Impact on the Economy,Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity,” and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) chaired a roundtable with Silicon Valley executives on this very point.  Both events highlight what is…

Parliament Hill: Canada Acts on Privacy, Spam and Competition Issues

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Tags Google for Medical BT In only her second month on the job, Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier took on one of the giants of the Internet – Google.  Bernier cited Google for sending targeted ads for medical conditions based on consumer searches which violates Canada’s “Privacy and Online Behavioural Advertising Guidelines”…

Gmail Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss. Is Yahoo Next?

Gmail Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss.  Is Yahoo Next?   A class action lawsuit challenging Gmail’s practice of scanning email for purposes of serving targeted advertisements  survived Google’s attempt to dismiss   The development has led some to speculate that Yahoo! might bee the next target. Excerpts from the Judge Kohs opinion along with…

NSA SCANDAL GROWS WORSE FOR INTERNET INDUSTRY

It has been five months since Edward Snowden and NSA operations such as PRISM first splashed across the front pages worldwide.  During this period, the scope of the scandal has only grown through nearly weekly revelations of further NSA transgressions.  While the “golden rule” of scandal management is prompt and full disclosure, the NSA scandal…

Microsoft-Google to Move Forward with NSA Lawsuit (Updated)

Google-Microsoft FISA Petitions As the NSA PRISM controversy broke, Google and Microsoft filed petitions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court challenging gag orders that prevented it from disclosing  the nature of information requested of it and supplied to the NSA.  Around this time, both companies were signatories to a letter (see below) by…

FTC Updates COPPA Rules

FTC Strengthens Kids’ Privacy, Gives Parents Greater Control Over Their Information By Amending Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Rule Being Modified to Keep Up with Changing Technology The Federal Trade Commission adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that strengthen kids’ privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information…

Danger in Dubai – Will the UN Takeover the Internet with Phil Corwin

Phil  Corwin, Counsel to the Internet Commerce Association, returns to CLBR to discuss the controversy over the upcoming 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications organized by the International Telecommunications Union.  WHAT:  International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-2012) WHEN: December 3 – 14, 2012 WHERE:  Dubai, UAE WHAT’S AT ISSUE:From the New…

Internet Censorship: Australia Abandons Net Censorship Plans; Google Blocked in China, UAE Restrictions and Iran Sanctions

Australia Abandons Net Censorship Plans; Google Blocked in China Australia, which surprisingly has a checkered history in terms of internet censorship, has abandoned a plan to filter all internet content.  Instead, the government is working with Australian ISPs to block 1,400 child abuse websites on INTERPOL’s “worst of” list.  When Australia initially announced the filtering program,…