The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
issued its second annual privacy report card with lower
grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties."
Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our...
Google CEO Eric Schmidt "fears that too much
information is shared online, and predicts that people will one day change
their name and reinvent themselves in order to escape their digital past." Not
a very surprising observation given the...
Location Based apps such as Gowalla or Foursquare provides users with a social experience that not only shows where they are at the moment and what they are doing, but also who they are with or near. But at least one new app is taking things a few steps...
This may seem obvious to many or us,
but it is almost always better to be overly-cautious in the age of identity
theft. The Huffington Post just published a list of the 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends .
Why not? You might ask...
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7, 2010 at 12:30pm CST....
A report that a number of privacy groups filed a
complaint with the FTC to investigate includes this quote "Internet ad
exchanges... are basically markets for eyeballs on the Web. Advertisers bid
against each other in real-time for the ability...
Many women attorneys who have seized the benefits of
social media to market their skills are seeing big benefits. The ABA Journal recently interviewed Sports Law practitioner
Carla Varriale who says she could not have built up her national presence...
TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss
legal issues related to information technology.
In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss the different approaches to
privacy taken by the U.S. and European governments.
No surprise that Facebook developed Credits
using a team of former PayPal folks that shows a clear path to allow
micropayments on Facebook and compete directly with PayPal. The New York Times recently reported that "Facebook
began testing its...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman recently
announced significant changes to Facebook expanding 100's of websites with
"open graph" and "like" which may revolutionize the Internet . At the annual f8 Facebook
The European Union's (EU) Article 29
Working Party confirmed in documents released this week its "get-tough"
attitude on cookies ahead of a scheduled meeting with the advertising industry
to discuss Europe's new cookie transparency...
Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty...
Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook ,
and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that...
reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the
first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting
more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook
just went over 400...
As 2010 comes to an end Facebook now
reports about $2B in revenue which is amazing for a number of
reasons, not the least of which is that Facebook estimated revenue of closer to
$1.5B (which was double the 2009 revenue) and not all that long ago Facebook...
United States Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced a bill this
week that proposes greater protection of personal information for online
consumers. Under the Commercial
Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 , consumers have the right to be notified...
VOIP is likely headed in a new
direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype .
It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion
range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an
Google plans to buy ITA Software who provides
airline travel utilities to American, Continental, Hotwire, Kayak, Orbitz,
Microsoft's Bing, among other companies. Of course this purchase for $700
million will require federal scrutiny given the antitrust...
A new lawsuit against Google for
Internet location tracking highlights my recent eCommerce Times column that Internet privacy may not be
possible . The new class action lawsuit brought by Jon Pessano and others asserts that Google uses its location...
Trademark owners must act to avoid
adult brands creating .xxx domains and can take advantage of the sunrise phase from
September 7 through October 28, 2011.
I welcome you to read the Gardere
Intellectual Property Alert entitled " Prevent...
A NY Times stock market report for
August 8, 2011 highlighed the fact that Apple's stock
was the most valuable company in the world ahead of Exxon Mobil, but by the
close of the day Exxon Mobil was still number one. Many stock analysts "expect...
Google's newest Social Media adventure Google+
is getting rave reviews with millions of users yet not launched to the
public. Keep in mind that the Federal
Researchers reported that Apple iOS4 operating system secretly logs unencrypted location
data for iPhones, iPads, and those computers on which the
devices synch to iTunes. Apparently the data resides on these devices
only, so the largest problem will...
Divorce attorneys are seeing more and more social media involvement, in particular Facebook, in the cases they take on. Sure Facebook might not be the reason the marriage ended but as an ever-increasing source of evidence of infidelity, it might deserve...
Google paid an estimated $100-200 million to
expand its reach by purchasing Zagat Survey that potentially increases Google's
Social Media power. Pew Research recently report that 92% of adults on the
Internet use search engines every day , so couple...