Should Google+ Users be Anonymous?

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 Buys Zagat - New Source of Data and Spread for Social Media!

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...

Copyright Troll Righthaven Near Bankruptcy

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 published...

Protect Your Business - Update your Terms of Service (TOS) & Click Agreements

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...

Protect Your Trademark from .xxx

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 "...

GPS Privacy in Doubt for Former OnStar Customers

Effective in December 2011 OnStar GPS navigation-and-emergency-services company will collect vehicle data for those customers who terminate their agreements . The 10 page OnStar Privacy Statement states that: Unless the Data Connection to your Vehicle is deactivated, data about your Vehicle...

eDiscovery Tool May Help HP Create a New Search Engine to Compete with Google & Bing

New 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 : ...the ability to point your phone at an image and having it return web links,...

Privacy Concerns raised at Chinese Ownership of Yahoo!

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: "Lawmakers...

FCC $8 Billion Plan to Expand Broadband

The FCC 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": "Broadband has gone from being a luxury...

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...

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...

Cloud Computing - Ancient Technology Solution with a New Name

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 Dartmouth...

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...

GUEST BLOG: New SEC disclosure guidance about cyber security risks

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...

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...

China and Russia Accused of Internet Spying on US Companies

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...

Cloud - New Buzzword, Old Legal Issues

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 ...

Only 80% of US teens on Social Media

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 future."...

Google Co-Founder Gives $500,000 to Wikimedia Foundation

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...

How to Improve Search Results on Google

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...

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 . ...

Cybersmear $13.78 Million Verdict Thrown Out

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...