A recent NY Times report is critical
of the daily use of the military's use social security
numbers (SSN)and birth dates, and how poorly Personal
Identifiable Information (PII) is managed. Army intelligence officer turned
West Point professor...
Please join the webcast about Social Media Use with my good friends Michelle
Cheng , Yvonne Gierczyk-Skasko , and me sponsor by the ALI-ABA
(American Law Institute - American Bar Association) which will be live on December
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Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook ,
and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that...
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...
Google settled a dispute about rejecting ads with
the French Competition Authority including a 3 month
notification period for the future when rejecting ads. Navx bought ads from Google to help drivers avoid
speeding tickets by providing "online...
Let's see a show of hands- do you
read Terms of Service? Privacy Policies? Or Click Agreements? I routinely ask
audiences this question and rarely do I ever get any hands raised. My recent
Technology Law column in eCommerce Times entitled "...
This may seem obvious to many or us,
but it is almost always better to be overly-cautious in the age of identity
theft. The Huffington Post just published a list of the 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends .
Why not? You might ask...
The US Constitution protects the
disclosure of what reading and video materials citizens read and view, in spite
of the North Carolina Department of Revenue's best
efforts. US District Judge Marsha Pechman granted Amazon 's summary
Google will not be accused of
copyright infringement by posting the Dead Sea Scrolls unlike the current litigation
about Google's Books Library Project where Google is
scanning millions of books to be freely available. Although the litigation
A recent report of a WikiProject Smithsonian Institution should add
credence to Wikipedia, since there are more than 3.4
million articles in English of the +17 million total Wikipedia article.
Of course there must be a reason to believe Wikipedia,...
Facebook now offers users the
ability to download all of their content in a simple zip
file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be
able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores
Allowing Google to access your cell
GPS will permit Google to make suggestions about things to do or restaurants to
try wherever you happen to be. Although Google's CEO Eric Schmidt recently said
these autonomous search features were on the horizon...
Proposed laws to ease wiretaps on
the Internet are now being considered by the US Senate Judiciary Committee, but
with widespread pushback from privacy groups . Federal
officials have long relied on the wiretap laws to monitor criminals and
No surprise that Facebook developed Credits
using a team of former PayPal folks that shows a clear path to allow
micropayments on Facebook and compete directly with PayPal. The New York Times recently reported that "Facebook
began testing its...
Google Instant was launched on
September 8th and has created hype around the effect it will have on
search marketing - both organic and paid search. This is by far the most
significant change to Google's user interface since Universal Search when...
276 domain names maliciously used by Waledac
botnets were transferred to Microsoft, even though Waledac never participated
in the suit. Waledac sent more than 1.5 billion daily spam messages in 2009. US
District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the Order...
My recent Technology Law column in eCommerce Times describes
why the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA)
has merely driven Internet Gambling off-shore and as result the US is losing
billions of dollars of tax revenue. Generally...
A number of allegations that Google manipulates search engine results has led
to an investigation of possible antitrust violations. Google has now responded about its search engine
fairness about why some websites get higher rankings than others: "The...
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...
Google CEO Eric Schmidt "fears that too much
information is shared online, and predicts that people will one day change
their name and reinvent themselves in order to escape their digital past." Not
a very surprising observation given the...
Plagiarism is alive and well on college campuses
however it is no wonder since the Internet and Social Media have changed
communications. Without question Wikipedia has become a reliable source for
students and at least 16 US intelligence agencies...
A court recently ruled that the
use of GPS tracking data in a drug distribution case violated the defendant's
constitutional rights and the police needed a warrant. The Electronic Frontier
Foundation filed a brief in support of Antoine Jones that...
Why Congress banned Internet
gambling in the US in 2006 is a great mystery particularly since one major
result of the ban was Internet gambling went offshore as did the possible tax
revenues to the US. By lifting the ban Congress will have a new source...
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
A new report shows that customers are not that happy
with Facebook and MySpace also showed that social media was ranked lower
than property & casualty insurance. Also not a surprise that airlines
were lower in customer satisfaction than social...