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Are Privacy Policies Being Enforced?

My eCommerce Times column for October is entitled " Shore Up Your Privacy Policy Before Disaster Strikes " and I encourage you to read it. Actually it was published the same day as my blog that more than 7.5 million children under 13 are on Facebook . Since the Federal Trade Commission...

GPS Data Will be Considered by the US Supreme Court

Today everybody carries GPS devices in their phones (and tablets), but few people consider that our personal privacy may be compromised as a result. In November the US Supreme Court will hear argument ( US v. Jones ) as to whether the drug suspect's Constitutional right to privacy was violated...

Privacy at Risk? - Feds to Monitor Twitter & Facebook

US citizens expect the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect the country from potential threats, but the recent announcement that DHS will monitor Twitter & Facebook will surely cause privacy advocates great concern. Social Media has been used extensively in the government uprisings...

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 . ...

Invasion of Privacy - The Path App Controversy

By Peter S. Vogel Path confessed that it took users' address book data without permission when the app loaded and admits it "made a mistake." Path's app runs on the iPhone and Android and according to Path's Story : Path dreamed up and realized the Smart Journal-a journal that's...

Peter S. Vogel on the Internet Privacy Bill of Rights

By Peter S. Vogel Privacy is a hot topic for users of Facebook, Google, and other Social Media sites, so the White House has proposed the following Bill of Rights for legislative consideration: 1. INDIVIDUAL CONTROL: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data companies collect...

Invasion of Privacy? - Federal Government Secretly Monitored Personal Webmail

By Peter S. Vogel A group of nine scientists and doctors recently sued the US government claiming that their personal Gmail accounts were under federal surveillance which led to harassment or dismissal for Food & Drug Administration (FDA) employees who were whistleblowers. The Washington Post...

Peter S. Vogel: Google Did Not Violate U.S. Law When Collecting Wifi Data

By Peter S. Vogel Google was fined $25,000 for not cooperating with an investigation regarding Google's collection of unencrypted wifi data when taking Street View pictures from 2006-10, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that Google did not violate any US laws. The FCC's...

Privacy Law Speech at Virtual LEGALTECH

Please join me at 1pm CDT on June 14, 2012 for my online speech entitled "Privacy - Social Media, Internet & BYOD" which is FREE (including ethics credit!), all you have to do is register at Virtual LEGALTECH (please use "Privacy614" as your code when you register). Here's...

Peter S. Vogel: Oops - Google Found Street View Wifi Data

By Peter S. Vogel Google confessed to U.K. officials that Google still has Street View unprotected wifi data collected before 2010 in spite claims that such data had been destroyed. On July 27, 2012 Peter Fleischer (Google's global privacy counsel) sent a letter to Steve Eckersley (head of enforcement...

Peter S. Vogel: Is Privacy at Risk with Mobile Purchases?

Privacy is not mentioned in the recent announcements by many large retailers for use of mobile apps for credit and debit card purchases . However, consumers' GPS data linked to mobile devices will likely lead to less privacy. In early August, 2012 the New York Times reported that Starbucks teamed...

Peter S. Vogel: 88% of American Adults Have Cell Phones - Easy Access to GPS Data?

GPS location data on cell phone accounts for virtually every adult in the US based on Pew Research recent report that an astonishing 88% of US adults have cell phones . Whether a search warrant will be required for GPS data appears to be changing very quickly. With the support of the American Civil...

Peter S. Vogel: Warrantless Tracking of Cell GPS Upheld by 6th Circuit

By Peter S. Vogel No warrant was required to track a drug dealer's GPS locations from cell phones since the defendant "did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed its location." On August 14, 2012 Justice John Rogers of the US...