Two Companies Settle With The FTC Over Allegations Of Security-Related Deception

Apr 22, 14 Two Companies Settle With The FTC Over Allegations Of Security-Related Deception

Posted in General, Privacy, Security

Last month, a couple of companies settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that their mobile apps misrepresented user security and “failed to secure the transmission of millions of consumers’ sensitive personal information”. The companies were Credit Karma and Fandango; the latter’s app is one our...

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Former Reuters Journalist Fails to Get Evidence Suppressed In CFAA Case

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) We return today to the case of Matthew Keys, former employee of Reuters and the L.A. Times, who was indicted last year under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for providing account information that allowed Anonymous to hack the Los Angeles Times’ website. Most recently, Keys...

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Microsoft Admits To Email Snooping While Tracing Leak, Vows To Change Policy

Apr 18, 14 Microsoft Admits To Email Snooping While Tracing Leak, Vows To Change Policy

Posted in Litigation, Litigation, Privacy, Surveillance

Last month, the Internet focused one of its trademark 24-hour outrage cycles on Microsoft, after news emerged that the company had  scanned a user’s Hotmail inbox in order to trace the source of a Windows 8 leak. Here’s The Independent with a more precise account: Microsoft is facing a storm of criticism over its...

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Public Employees’ Private Emails Aren’t Subject To CA Public Records Act

Apr 17, 14 Public Employees’ Private Emails Aren’t Subject To CA Public Records Act

Posted in Legislation, Litigation, Privacy

We often hear about how government officials ought to be more “transparent”, and federal and state sunshine laws exist to facilitate openness. After all, it is the public sector, so why shouldn’t information be available to the public? A recent appellate decision from California introduced a wrinkle into this...

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Google Increases Email Security, Reportedly Attempts To “NSA-Proof Gmail’

Apr 15, 14 Google Increases Email Security, Reportedly Attempts To “NSA-Proof Gmail’

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Privacy, Surveillance

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) In a (somewhat delayed) response to last summer’s NSA document leak, courtesy of Edward Snowden, Google has increased its email security measures (or, as CNN puts it, Google is trying to NSA-proof Gmail).  Gmail Security Engineering Lead Nicolas Lidzborski announced the changes...

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The Fourth Amendment Prohibits Carte Blanche Review Of Email Accounts By The Government

Apr 14, 14 The Fourth Amendment Prohibits Carte Blanche Review Of Email Accounts By The Government

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Privacy

By Nicholas Kyriakopoulos (bio) Those office employees who have rolled the dice and sent emails clearly not suitable for work would be glad to know that their email accounts are protected from government intrusion by the Fourth Amendment.  United States v. Warshak, 631 F.3d 266, 282-88 (6th Cir. 2010).  The government must obtain a...

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