Top Story: Google Pays $22.5M to the Privacy Squad

 The Privacy Squad:  Privacy Enforcement is Here Last week, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle claims it violated its FTC Consent Decree in circumventing the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari users – the largest such settlement ever.  Commissioner Leibowitz explained that the record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to…

CLBR Segment 1 – Social Media Privacy Act

A practice that was once employed by the Maryland Department of Corrections is now banned state-wide, as Maryland’s Governor signed legislation prohibiting employers from “request[ing] or requir[ing] that at an employee or applicant disclose [any] means for accessing a personal account or service through an electronic communications device.”  California’s Assembly unanimously passed similar legislation this…

AboutFace: Antitrust Investigation, Privacy and Snooping

Facebook-Instagram Deal to be Delayed by FTC Antitrust Probe Reports are circulating that the $1 billion Facebook-Instagram deal could be put on hold by as much as a year while the FTC conducts an antitrust investigation into the deal.  As the New York Times indicates, “[t]he government could also be interested in whether a company is killing…