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…

Cal AG Harris Launches California Cyber Crime Center

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the creation of the California Cyber Crime Center (C4), a new initiative within the California Department of Justice to fight crime in the digital era by bringing state-of-the-art digital forensic capabilities and cyber security expertise to law enforcement across the state. C4 brings together the eCrime unit, established…

Backpage Invokes CDA Immunity in Fight Over Cal Criminal Complaint

Lawyers for the Backpage executives charged with pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping demanded that charges be dismissed on the grounds that the prosecution violates the First Amendment and is preempted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. First Amendment Davis Wright Tremaine’s letter to Attorney General Harris contended that: The State cannot…

Backpage CEO Arrested, HQ Raided on California Warrant

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested by Texas authorities on a California warrant upon arrival at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping.  Authorities also raised Backpage’s  Dallas headquarters. The complaint lists five instances of minors (four who were under 16) allegedly paying to advertise…

Landmark Victories for Revenge Porn Opponents

Landmark Victories for Revenge Porn Opponents Last week saw the announcement of two major victories in the battle against revenge porn.  First,.Kevin Bollaert was convicted by a San Diego County jury of 27 felony counts of identity theft and extortion in connection with a revenge porn operation.  Bollaert was behind the website UGotPosted and at…

Cal AG Harris is Promoting Greater Privacy Awareness Among Tech Sector With Privacy Guides

Cal AG Harris is Promoting Greater Privacy Awareness Among Tech Sector With Privacy Guides As California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ first term comes to a close, she has given online privacy a greater priority than any of her predecessors.  Among the steps she has taken during her first term are: Securing a deal with leading app…