Next on CL&BR: Global Protests over ACTA and Latest on Privacy

Featuring Tech Dirt’s Mike Masnick and eSarcasm’s Dan Tynan (1) Mike Masnick:  He is the CEO and founder ofTechdirt, a weblog that focuses on technology news and tech-related issues. Masnick is also the founder and CEO of the company Floor64 and a contributor at BusinessWeek‘s Business Exchange.  Before founding Floor64, Masnick worked in business development and marketing at Release…

European Commission Proposes Privacy Law Changes

The European Commission, led by Vice President Viviane Reding announced major changes to the EU’s 1995 Privacy Directive that include a “right to be forgotten” under which consumers will be able to delete their data if there are no legitimate uses for it and also provides for greater data portability for consumers moving from one…

In the Courts: Supremes on Privacy and Mega Upload

Sotomayor Lays Marker on Privacy In United States v. Jones, the Supreme Court found the warrantless use of a GPS device to track a party’s whereabouts violated the 4th Amendment.  What is notable about the case was the debate, was a concurring opinion by Justice Sotomayor which anticipated future debates regarding online privacy.  Specifically, Sotomayor…

Tech Giants Behaving Badly: Google, Facebook, Cisco, Nokia and Microsoft Under Scrutiny

Tech Giants Behaving Badly Google’s Canadian Overdose $500M DOJ Settlement Plus Class Action Suit Google has entered into a $500 million settlement with the Department of Justice for allowing Canadian pharmacies to advertise in the US.  Google blocked ads from other countries, just not Canada.  The U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island that ran the investigation…

In the Courts: Social Media in the Workplace, Righthaven, e360’s $3.00

  IN THE COURTS Judge Reinstates Workers Fired for Complaining on Facebook An administrative law judge ruled in favor of five workers who were fired for complaining about workplace conditions on Facebook. The judge concluded that “a conversation among co-workers about their terms and conditions of employment” is protected under the National Labor Relations Act regardless…

Next CLBR – ISP Graduated Response and the role of the Internet in 2012

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Top Story: Industry Faces Long Hot Summer Over Privacy

INDUSTRY FACES LONG HOT  SUMMER ON CAPITOL HILL OVER PRIVACY Revelations that Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android were geo-tracking its users without their full knowledge and explicit consent, have caused a stir on Capitol Hill at a time when privacy was already becoming a priority in light of growing concerns over behavioral targeting and industry…

TOP STORY: Facebook, Google Stir Privacy Debate, FTC Holds Fire

FACEBOOK, GOOGLE MISSTEPS FUEL PRIVACY DEBATE, WHILE FTC BACKS AWAY FROM REGULATION OF BT Facebook was back in the privacy spotlight after a recent Wall Street Journal investigation found that many of the most popular Facebook applications were sharing user profiles with other advertisers and data firms (as was MySpace but to a more limited degree),…

600 Penn: FTC Priorities and Recent Enforcement Actions

FTC Bureau Chief Outlines Enforcement Priorities at IAPP Conference David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection stressed that the FTC’s future privacy enforcement priorities will involve (i) more cases involving “pure privacy”, i.e., cases involving practices that try to circumvent consumer’s expectations (such as the Sears case where Sears failed to fully disclose the…

CAPITOL WATCH: Privacy, Data Security Movement and E-Personation in California

CAPITOL WATCH Privacy, Data Security Movement and E-Personation in California WSJ Report Triggers Congressional Privacy Inquiry After  a Wall Street Journal investigation into the use of tracking technology at the top 50 websites revealed that the sites placed “an average of 64 pieces of tracking technology – like cookies – onto users’ computers” which may not have…