House Passes USA Freedom Act, But Nobody’s Very Happy With It

Jun 06, 14 House Passes USA Freedom Act, But Nobody’s Very Happy With It

Posted in Legislation, Privacy, Surveillance

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) The House of Representatives recently passed new legislation, the USA Freedom Act. The Act is coming to us just one year after Edward Snowden became the most well-known NSA whistleblower of our time by revealing snooping programs and just how much data the NSA collects. Civil rights groups...

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Hands Off, Courts: Privacy And Anonymous Speech

Jun 03, 14 Hands Off, Courts: Privacy And Anonymous Speech

Posted in First Amendment, Litigation, Litigation, Privacy

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) Rather than the traditional invocation of the First Amendment, the California Second District Court of Appeal recently protected anonymous speech using a state constitutional privacy rationale. This case arose in amidst allegations by UMG Recordings of Escape Media Group’s...

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Facebook ID Not Protected Communication Under ECPA

May 29, 14 Facebook ID Not Protected Communication Under ECPA

Posted in Litigation, Litigation, Privacy

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) The Ninth Circuit recently addressed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) in the consolidated cases In re Zynga Privacy Litigation and In re Facebook Privacy Litigation. In both cases where the plaintiffs alleged that the social websites disclosed confidential user...

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Soccer Player’s Girlfriend Sued After Twitter Rant At France Manager

May 21, 14 Soccer Player’s Girlfriend Sued After Twitter Rant At France Manager

Posted in Best Of The Rest, International, Litigation

In just over three weeks’ time, the 2014 World Cup will kick off in Brazil. The thirty-two competing nations have all announced their squads for the tournament, which means that for all the players packing their suitcases and getting ready for a long flight, there will be some disappointed not to get called up to the biggest...

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Over 150 Filipino Members Of “Online Blackmail Syndicate” Arrested

May 14, 14 Over 150 Filipino Members Of “Online Blackmail Syndicate” Arrested

Posted in Criminal, Litigation, Privacy

Back in the spring, we posted a story about a California man who ““hacked into as many as 150 online accounts to extort young females into sending him nude photos and video”. The Department of Justice called the crime “sextortion,” and yesterday the offense was in the news once more, this time on a much...

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EU Court Requires Search Engines To Remove Links If Requested

May 13, 14 EU Court Requires Search Engines To Remove Links If Requested

Posted in International, Litigation, Privacy

The European Court of Justice issued an interesting privacy ruling earlier today. A press release from that organization cuts right to the chase: An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties Thus, if, following a search...

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