on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information
A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace
comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute
before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless. US District Judge Margaret
Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin v. Christian
Audigier, Inc. et al reversed a ruling from an US Magistrate Judge that
defendants in a copyright infringement case could not subpoena private message
on Facebook MySpace. This ruling is particularly interesting since the April 7, 2010 White House Order that all postings on blogs
and social media sites are public meetings under federal law. Clearly courts
will be vexed by these complex issues as social media continues to grow and
change communications. It is any wonder that the 1986 Stored Communications Act
may need to be updated or totally replaced since clearly the courts and the
White are not in synch?
Yahoo! Plans its Social Media
With 280 million email users it's no
wonder that Yahoo! will launch its social media services to allow
exchange of comments, pictures, and the like. Given all the current issues with
Facebook privacy and Google's Buzz it's no wonder that Yahoo! head of privacy
claimed that " We've been watching and trying to be thoughtful about our
approach." Clearly we will all be watching to see the impact of Yahoo!
entry into social media, particularly as Yahoo! search engine decline in popularity in the US. Will email
traffic overcome the lack of search engine traffic?
More Google Wi-Fi Woes - Now Canada
Recent reports now indicate that the
Privacy Commissioner of Canada started an investigation
about Google collection of Wi-Fi network data. Since Germany, France, Italy,
and the Czech Republic are investigating Canada's entry into the fray is no
surprise. Google's defense that other companies including Skyhook and
organizations like the German Fraunhofer Institute does not seem to be much
help at this juncture. The outcome of the Wi-Fi privacy issues may also impact
Google maps which are tied together.
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