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...

Should Anyone Expect Privacy on Google?

By Peter S. Vogel Since 92% of adults use search engines every day means that they share volumes of information with Google, who dominates searching, 66.4% in the US and 80% in the EU . No one was surprised when Pew Research reported that 92% of adults search daily , but what Google does with our...

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: Cybersmear - Jury Verdict Of $13.78 Million For Anonymous Postings

By Peter S. Vogel Freedom of speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution does not protect anonymous libel and slander posted on the Internet. ABC News reported that on April 20, 2012 a jury in Fort Worth, Texas gave a verdict in favor for Mark and Rhonda Lesher whose 2009 lawsuit was filed...

Peter S. Vogel: Reality Check - Governments Have Easy Access to Data on the Cloud

By Peter S. Vogel Laws around the world allow governments free access to data on the Cloud which may come as a surprise to many, but Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) facilitate cooperation across international boundaries. On May 23, 2012 Hogan Lovells published a White Paper entitled "...

Internet Politics - Senate Filibuster Blocks Cybersecurity Bill

By Peter S. Vogel At time when cybersecurity is headline news around the world, partisan politics in the U.S. Senate got in the way of new a cybersecurity bill which was different than a bill passed in the U.S. House last April. The New York Times reported that the most vocal opponent of the new cybersecurity...

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: Cloud Data Storage - How Safe?

By Peter S. Vogel Daily news headlines regularly report lax, or no, security for cloud data. In the past few weeks two very high profile businesses reported cloud breaches - Apple's iCloud and Dropbox. It is no coincidence that my August column for eCommerce Times is entitled " The Cloud...

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...