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Should Anyone Expect Privacy on Google?
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Oops - Google Found Street View Wifi Data
Posted on 13 Aug 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Google Did Not Violate U.S. Law When Collecting Wifi Data
Posted on 11 May 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Mashable Media Summit 2010 - News and Politics
Posted on 10 Jun 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

On June 8th I attended Mashable and CNN's conference about the intersection of digital media, news, and entertainment. Among other notable presentations was CNN's medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Guptap's (renowned neurosurgeon) interview... Read More

Skype Video Now on Facebook
Posted on 7 Jul 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

Microsoft recently paid $8.5 billion for Skype and even though Facebook and Google lost in the bidding wars offering a measly $3-4 billion, nonetheless now Facebook announces that Skype will be available for video calling! Mark Zuckerberg said: ... Read More

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades
Posted on 15 Nov 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Google Co-Founder Gives $500,000 to Wikimedia Foundation
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Germany May Restrict Use of Facebook
Posted on 31 Aug 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

A proposed law in Germany will restrict employers from using Facebook, and other truly social Social Media sites, when recruiting. However the law would allow employers to search business Social Media sites such as LinkedIn. Since there are no current... Read More

Microsoft Purchases Skype - Facebook and Google Unlucky Suitors
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

VOIP is likely headed in a new direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype . It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an IPO... Read More

Google Offers New Service Analyzing 500 Billion Words
Posted on 28 Dec 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

After digitizing 5.2 million books Google now offers new tools that permit a fascinating view of language, culture, and evolution of thought unlike anything known before. Now anyone can analyze " 500 billion words contained in books published... Read More

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Google Woes in the EU
Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Google Woes in the EU Include Conviction for Executives Over Video Posting The recent conviction of 3 Google executives in Italy for a video posted on Google which showed the bullying of a disable teenager captured many headlines. No question that... Read More

Google & YouTube Not Liable For Copyright Infringement
Posted on 24 Jun 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Viacom lost its $1 billion lawsuit against Google and YouTube for alleged copyright infringement when a judge granted summary judgment. YouTube's defense was that it used the "safe harbor" protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright... Read More

Google settles with FTC over Google Buzz privacy violations
Posted on 31 Mar 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty... Read More

PRIVACY: Should the FBI Get Records about Your Internet Activity Without a Subpoena
Posted on 2 Aug 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More