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Feds Declare that Blogs and Social Networks are Public Meetings

For purposes of dealing with web 2.0 the White House Memo released on April 7, 2010 about social media specifically states that "interactive meeting tools-including but not limited to public conference calls, webinars, blogs, discussion boards, forums, message boards, chat sessions, social...

Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information

A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge Margaret Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin...

PRIVACY: Should the FBI Get Records about Your Internet Activity Without a Subpoena

A recent report that the White House wants the FBI to have access to an individual's Internet activity may help with investigation of terrorism or intelligence, but what about our expectation of privacy? Notwithstanding all of Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments about privacy, last winter Zuckerberg...

Privacy Update - Frankly Most Social Media Users Don't Care

Facebook now offers users the ability to download all of their content in a simple zip file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores lots of valuable information about users. Let's...

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades

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 bottom-line assessment is that with respect to...

California Court Considers Facebook Privacy for Juror

In recent weeks, the issue of the right to privacy has been ever-so-slightly tipping the scales against just about any other right. One of the latest cases stems from what would normally be deemed as juror misconduct. In California, an appellate court judge is facing the challenge of balancing a defendant's...

Divorce, Facebook-style

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 its title of "marriage killer." Last...

Courts Give Mixed Signals about Privacy in Social Media

Two recent Pennsylvania State Court rulings only make things more confusing as Social Media privacy disputes become more prevalent. Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Albert J. Cepparulo ruled in Piccolo v. Paterson denied a motion to require the Piccolo to accept Patterson as a Facebook friend...

More than 7.5 Million Facebook Users are Younger than 13

The June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports included an article that Facebook has more than 7.5 million children as users which apparently is violating the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) which precludes children under 13 from using websites and in particular to join Facebook...

Facebook Confesses Failure to Comply with Privacy Laws

After the US government filed charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments on the settlement through December 30, 2011 . ...