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Chih Yun Wu Post

February 13, 2017 4:24 pm Ashley Jacques 0
Chih Yun Wu Information Privacy Professor Rubinstein February 14, 2017 One of several ongoing lawsuits brought by communications service providers against the federal government, Microsoft alleges that government-issued gag orders violate the First Amendment.  In contrast to the various First Amendment challenges that have been brought by companies to invalidate statutes that restrict their ability to use or access customer data, here Microsoft is using the First Amendment to protect its customer’s data against seizure by the Federal Government.…
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Janie Buckley Post

February 13, 2017 4:22 pm Ashley Jacques 0
Janie Buckley Information Policy Professor Rubinstein February 14, 2017 The Association of National Advertisers (the ANA), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (the 4As) , the American Advertising Federation (the AAF) , the Data & Marketing Association (the DMA) , the Interactive Advertising Bureau (the IAB), and the Network Advertising Initiative (the NAI) have together submitted to the Federal Communications Commission a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s fine agency order entitled Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services, published as a final rule December 2, 2016.…
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Stephen Rettger Post

February 8, 2017 5:13 pm Ashley Jacques 0
Stephen Rettger Information Privacy Professor Rubinstein February 8th, 2017 As the Internet of Things brings cloud-connected devices increasingly into all corners of our lives, a new area emerges in which the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) will need to be enforced: cloud-connected children’s toys.…
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Facebook in the United States

February 8, 2017 4:46 pm Ashley Jacques 0
Facebook in the United States February 8th, 2017 By: A. McLeod In January 2017, a federal judge for the Northern District of California denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss in a class action where it was accused of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) for sending unsolicited texts to users on their friends’ birthdays. …
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Are Smart Toys Spying on Your Kids?

February 8, 2017 3:51 pm Ashley Jacques 0
Are Smart Toys Spying on Your Kids? By: Christa Kaila February 8th, 2017 Toy company Genesis Toys, which specializes in tech toys, has caused controversy with its interactive toys My Friend Cayla and i-Que. According to a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on December 6, 2016 by a coalition of consumer privacy advocates, these spying toys pose a threat to the “safety and security of children in the United States”.…
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FTC Announces $2.2 Million Settlement with VIZIO

February 8, 2017 3:50 pm Ashley Jacques 0
FTC Announces $2.2 Million Settlement with VIZIO February 8th, 2017 By: Danielle Dobrusin On February 6, 2017, the FTC announced that it has reached a settlement with VIZIO, Inc. – “one of the world’s largest manufacturers and sellers of internet-connected ‘smart’ televisions.”[1] The settlement is in response to charges brought by both the FTC and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General claiming that VIZIO “installed software on its TVs to collect viewing data on 11 million consumer TVs without the consumers’ knowledge or consent.”[2] The FTC brought this action under Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act,  15  U.S.C. …
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COPPA: Ignorance is Bliss for Websites

February 8, 2017 3:46 pm Ashley Jacques 0
COPPA: Ignorance is Bliss for Websites By: Abdurrahman Erkam Ilhan February 8th, 2017 Internet has transferred our social life from the real world to a virtual environment by making us addicted to social media platforms. More importantly, this trend is not only limited to adults but also extends to children, whom are even more vulnerable to privacy threats of social platforms.…
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PRG News Roundup: December 7th

December 8, 2016 12:00 pm Paula Kift 0
By Alexia Ramirez Popular Chinese credit rating firms, Sesame Credit and China Rapid Finance, have been reported to use consumer’s online-shopping habits and social networks to calculate their credit scores. The companies reward consumers with good credit scores with perks such as express service at hotels or deposit-waivers on rental cars, which serves to incentivize consumer participation and the relinquishing of such personal data.…
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PRG News Roundup: November 16th

November 16, 2016 4:34 pm Paula Kift 0
By Eliana Pfeffer Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.…
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PRG News Roundup: November 2nd

November 9, 2016 11:47 am Paula Kift 0
By Caroline Alewaerts The news of the discovery of new e-mails potentially relevant to Hillary Clinton’s private server investigation is all over the media. The fact that these e-mails have been discovered as part of an unrelated investigation raises an important question regarding compliance with the 4th Amendment.…