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Google Faces Heat for Privacy Policies

February 22, 2013 10:19 am DCherubin 0
Shaelyn Dawson   http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2013/02/19/116575/google_faces_heat_for_privacy_policies?category=technology   This article from only two days ago explains how Google is under fire from both Microsoft and the European Union for its violation of privacy laws. Essentially Google’s new policy allows for the tracking and combining of an individuals’ information and usage data when they use any more than one of Google’s services—this means if you use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google News, et cetera you are being tracked.…
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ARE YOU BEING SCROOGLED? (What’s a “Scroogle”?)

February 22, 2013 10:18 am DCherubin 0
Marissa Schwartz   Brad Smith was an amazing guest speaker! As lead general counsel for Microsoft, he knows the in and outs of the tech market and even more about privacy law.  During the Q&A a student asked him about Microsoft’s new campaign, “Scroogled,” which aims to inform the public of Google’s improper use of Gmail users personal information in order rack up advertising sales.…
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European Union to take Action Against Google

February 22, 2013 10:17 am DCherubin 0
Emi Briggs   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21499190   http://epic.org/2013/02/europe-prepares-action-against.html   http://mashable.com/2012/01/24/google-changes-again-launches-one- privacy-policy-to-rule-them-all/   http://ftc.gov/opa/2012/08/google.shtm   On January 2012 Google launched a new master privacy policy that created an umbrella policy to cover its various products. Shortly after, 26 European countries requested Google address aspects of its policy deemed to be contrary to EU Law.…
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Bring on the Privacy-Arms Race!

February 22, 2013 10:16 am DCherubin 0
Yoav Simchoni   Vertically-integrated tech companies compete vigorously across multiple product lines to try and capture market share. A large part of this competition revolves around marketing and branding campaigns, by which companies try to capture the loyalty of their target audience.…
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Netflix Privacy Violation Lawsuit

February 22, 2013 10:15 am DCherubin 0
Alina Mejer   http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57377084-93/netflix-pays-$9-million-to-settle-privacy-violation-lawsuit/   In keeping with this week’s discussion about statutes that regulate commercial entities’ use of personal data, this recent article about Netflix highlighted how consumers can use the statutes to try and redress any privacy violations.   Netflix settled a class action lawsuit that was filed in January 2011 for $9 million.…
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FTC Cracks Down on Mobile Applications and Coppa Violations

February 22, 2013 10:14 am DCherubin 0
Anisha Mehta    Earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached an $800,000 settlement with Path for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa). The Act regulates the collection and use of personal information from children under the age of 13 by websites.…
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Leave my e-mail alone!

February 22, 2013 10:11 am DCherubin 0
Catalina Carmona   For quite some time now, both industry and privacy advocates have pointed out the need of reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The main argument is that the act, which was passed in 1986, cannot adequately respond to new technologies, and leaves important loopholes for privacy to be disrupted.…
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Mistakes By Credit Reporting Agencies

February 15, 2013 4:52 pm DCherubin 0
Zachary King   This past Sunday 60 Minutes aired a report about the enormous amount of mistakes made by credit reporting agencies.  (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57567957/40-million-mistakes-is-your-credit-report-accurate/).   In the report Steve Kroft cites to a newly released 8-year long study conducted by the FTC into the big 3 credit reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) saying that 40 million Americans have an error on their credit reports and 20 million have a mistake significant enough to lower their credit score.…