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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: Is Privacy at Risk with Mobile Purchases?
Posted on 24 Aug 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Invasion of Privacy? - Federal Government Secretly Monitored Personal Webmail
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... 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

Invasion of Privacy - The Path App Controversy
Posted on 1 Mar 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: 88% of American Adults Have Cell Phones - Easy Access to GPS Data?
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Warrantless Tracking of Cell GPS Upheld by 6th Circuit
Posted on 13 Sep 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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."... Read More

Privacy Law Speech at Virtual LEGALTECH
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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"... Read More

Peter S. Vogel on the Internet Privacy Bill of Rights
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by Peter S. Vogel

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... 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

GPS Data Will be Considered by the US Supreme Court
Posted on 26 Oct 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Color App Gives New Meaning to Going Public
Posted on 11 Apr 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

Location Based apps such as Gowalla or Foursquare provides users with a social experience that not only shows where they are at the moment and what they are doing, but also who they are with or near. But at least one new app is taking things a few steps... Read More

Should Google+ Users be Anonymous?
Posted on 7 Sep 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Is Internet Privacy Possible?
Posted on 14 Jun 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

A new lawsuit against Google for Internet location tracking highlights my recent eCommerce Times column that Internet privacy may not be possible . The new class action lawsuit brought by Jon Pessano and others asserts that Google uses its location... Read More

GPS Privacy in Doubt for Former OnStar Customers
Posted on 23 Sep 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More