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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.…
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US Interests behind proposed amendments to the EU’s planned General Data Protection Regulation.

February 15, 2013 4:50 pm DCherubin 0
Akiva Miller   The approaches to privacy regulation taken by Europe and the United States are often seen as being at odds with one another. The European regulatory scheme is characterized as overarching, comprehensive, principled, centrally-controlled, and more protective of citizen’s rights, whereas the US regulatory system is characterized as a patchwork of sector-specific laws and regulations, lacking in unitary concepts, driven by a combination of FTC action and self-regulation by the industries, and less-protective of citizens’ rights.…
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FTC uses the Fair Credit Reporting Act to protect social media users

February 15, 2013 4:50 pm DCherubin 0
Peter Kauffman   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/technology/ftc-levies-first-fine-over-internet-data.html Last June, the Federal Trade Commission assessed an $800,000 penalty on Spokeo, a data collection agency, for distributing personal information as a way for potential employers to screen job applicants. According to the above New York Times article, this was “the F.T.C.’s first case addressing the sale of Internet and social media data for use in employment screening.” Like the Google buzz case and the Path settlement discussed in the “FTC is getting serious about regulating mobile privacy” blog post, this indicates the FTC’s willingness to aggressively curb social media sites’ abilities to disseminate their users’ private information.…
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Differences between the American and European systems of privacy laws

February 10, 2013 11:47 pm Nicole Arzt 0
Post by: Diana [Isabel] Ajuria http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/technology/consumer-data-protection-laws-an-ocean-apart.html?_r=0 This article, Consumer Data Protection Laws, an Ocean Apart, posted February 2, 2013 in the New York Times is focused on the differences between the American and European systems of privacy laws and speaks to several issues that have been addressed in class.…
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FTC is getting serious about regulating mobile privacy

February 10, 2013 11:47 pm Nicole Arzt 0
Post by: Abigail Augus Regulating the collection and use of personal information though tort or contract is problematic for a host of reasons and may not provide companies with sufficient incentives to act in line with societal values and expectations. FTC enforcement, coupled with publicity and best practice guidelines, could provide those lacking incentives.…
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Every Move You Make

February 10, 2013 11:47 pm Nicole Arzt 0
Every Move You Make By Jesse C. Glickenhaus February 7, 2013 Artist Pierre Derks’ installation in the Hague showing rotating live streaming images—a baby in a crib, a security feed from a laundromat, a woman eating breakfast on a couch in a bathrobe—from over 800 web cameras may feel uncomfortable to watch, but does it invade people’s privacy?…
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Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Row-Will Pay $800K And Establish New Privacy Program Including Outside Audits

February 10, 2013 11:47 pm Nicole Arzt 0
Privacy Blog Post- Kenneth Villa Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Row-Will Pay $800K And Establish New Privacy Program Including Outside Audits Tech Crunch http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/01/path-settles-with-ftc-over-privacy-row-will-pay-800k-and-establish-new-privacy-program-including-outside-audits/ Business Week http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/420272?type=bloomberg Path, a social networking mobile app that allows users to share various types of social media content between one another, agreed to pay an $800,000 fee for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and for misleading users with its “Add Friends” feature.…