Google's Eric Schmidt said in a recent interview that
Google+ users should be not be anonymous since it would be better "if we had an
accurate notion that you were a real person as opposed to a dog, or a fake
person, or a spammer." Schmidt's comments thoughts reinforce one of my...
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 that information
with Google's "estimates...
After filing more than 275 copyright infringement lawsuits , it now turns
out that Righthaven was not the owner of the copyrights asserted in the
lawsuit, and as a result is now on the verge of bankruptcy. The copyright
infringement claims were made for reposting pictures and stories previously
All Social Media and Internet
businesses rely on TOS and Click Agreements to protect their legal rights, but
few businesses take the time to make sure that the TOS and Click Agreements
actually protect their business operations. I welcome you to read my eCommerce
Times column entitled "Your...
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 the XXX Industry from Using Your Trademark "...
Effective in December 2011 OnStar GPS navigation-and-emergency-services
collect vehicle data for those customers who terminate their agreements .
The 10 page OnStar
Privacy Statement states that:
the Data Connection to your Vehicle is deactivated, data about your Vehicle...
Scientist reports that HP may use the Autonomy
pattern-recognition eDiscovery tool to develop a new search engine which would
work in tandem with HP's text-based search. The report
includes this example :
ability to point your phone at an image and having it return web links,...
A report in the Financial Times
that Alibaba might take over Yahoo! has raised privacy fears. Jack Ma's
(Alibaba founder & former Google employee) recent comment about the
prospect that Alibaba was interested in Yahoo! set off privacy group alarms as
reported by the Financial Times:
plans to spend $8
billion to expand broadband service to more than 18 million citizens in
rural America who lack high speed Internet access. In a speech, Julius
Genachowski (FCC chairman) called access to broadband "a necessity":
has gone from being a luxury...
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...
My eCommerce Times column for
October is entitled " Shore
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...
Use of remote computers has been
around since at least 1964, but the current marketing buzz called Cloud
Computing might make you think there's something new. However Cloud Computing
is merely the newest label for the 1964 remote computing service called "Time-Sharing" at
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
GUEST BLOG FROM JIM BRASHEAR
I welcome Jim Brashear as a Guest
Blogger with his blog concerning cyber security risks. Jim is Vice
President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Nasdaq-traded Zix Corporation , the market leader in email
encryption services. He frequently appears as a public...
US citizens expect the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) to protect the country from potential threats, but the
that DHS will monitor Twitter & Facebook will surely cause privacy
advocates great concern. Social Media has been used extensively in the
US intelligence agencies just
reported to Congress that China
and Russia have national policies to steal technology from US companies over
the Internet. The Congressional report was compiled by the Office of the National
Counterintelligence Executive which included this alarming information:
Many readers agreed with my recent
blog that the Cloud
is a new label for old technology - "think connecting to a mainframe over
telephone lines," and I encourage you to read my November
eCommerce Times column about some important Cloud computing legal issues .
More Cloud History
Pew's recent report came as no
surprise that 95%
of teens (12-17) are on the Internet . But why are only 80% using Social
Media? Amazingly 55% of online teens "have decided not to post something
online because they were concerned that it might reflect badly on them in the
Since the Wikimedia Foundation (home of
Wikipedia) is a not-for-profit , it survives by annual fundraisers. Google
co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki (23andMe co-founder) used
their Brin Wojcicki Foundation to grant $500,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation.
The Wikimedia Foundation kicked...
Pew Research recently reported that 92%
of adults use search engines daily and ComScore recently reported that 65.6%
of all US searches are conducted on Google . So I thought I would pass along
Hack College's recommendations about how to " Get
More Out of Google ." Here are some search...
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 .
After losing a $13.78 jury verdict in April, 2012 the defendants persuaded the judge that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the defendants actually posted the anonymous libel. The plaintiffs, Mark and Rhonda Lesher, did get IP (Internet Protocol) addresses for the anonymous posters, but failed to convince...