Last week more stories hit the wire on another proposed legislation on digital privacy and security — which seems like the “hot button” issue of the year for legislators, so far. Also some interesting news last week from the company who has been accused of being a patent troll for warning iOS developers that they need licenses for “in-app purchasing.” Here are links to the stories that have been on our radar over the last seven days. Feel free to add more that we might have missed in the comments.
Chris Soghoian explains mismatch between DropBox’s crypto marketing and deduplication practices. Also files a consumer compliant with the FTC. [via Slight Paranoia (Soghoian's blog)] [FTC complaint (via Scrib'd)]
Verizon sues the FCC, for changing “roaming data fees” rules. [via Ars Technica]
The EFF *actually* likes a proposed e-privacy bill for once(!). [via EFF Deeplinks]
17-year-old Creator of OMGfacts twitter stream files lawsuit over trademark and contract issues. [via Technology and Marketing Law Blog]
Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 23, 2011
Yikes! This was a busy week! These are the stories that have been on our radar.
iOS indie developer getting sued by patent trolls? [via Cult Of Mac]
TwitPic making power grab a exclusive distribution right? [via Technology and Marketing Law Blog]
Boston asks FCC for right to regulate cable distribution rights. [via Ars Technica]
Google launches digital music locker, and says it doesn’t need licenses. Amazon redux?. [via CNET]
Related: EFF post on “digital lockering services.” [via EFF]
Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8B. [via Wall Street Journal]
Senate grills Apple and Google over location-based tracking. [via Ars Technica]
ANOTHER IP-related bill, with “blacklisting.” Is this the new norm? [via Ars Technica]
Did Comcast really help The Pirate Bay this week? [via Slashdot]
“iFixit” website dismantles FBI tracking device. [via iFixit]
U.K. lawyer fined for not protecting client data. [via Ars Technica]
Belgian Court says Google infringes when it links out to newspaper websites. [via Out-law.com]
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act fails on claims against former employee who visited personal websites while at work. [via Technology and Marketing law blog]
Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 16, 2011
This was a pretty busy week for technology, law, and policy news! Looking back at our e-mail thread, I’m counting at least 20 stories that circulated over the last several days.
Sony: Hacked again! Loses another 24 million user accounts. [via Ars Technica]
Lawsuit over “Flash Cookies,” La Court v. Specific Media 8:10-cv-01256-GW-JCG (CD Cal.), dismissed by court for lack of harm / standing. [via Technology & Marketing Law Blog] [opinion]
Violating an employer’s internet use policy can be a felony, according to the 9th Circuit in U.S. v. Nosal. [via Technology Law and Marketing] [opinion]
U.S. Dept. of Commerce releases report on Trademark Litigation tactics, draws significant criticism from legal commentators. [via Tech Dirt] [the Report] see commentary from [Eric Goldman] and [David Pardue]
New class action lawsuit, Hariharan v. Abobe, Apple, et al., Case no. 11574066 (Alameda County Superior Court, filed against Adobe, Intui, Google, Apple, and several others accuses companies of employment practice collusion. [via CNET] [the complaint]
Dept. of Homeland Security sends demand to Mozilla to remove Firefox extension (a/k/a MafiaaFire) that routes users around URLs seized by DHS. Mozilla responds and questions the authority of DHS’ request. [via Wired and hja's blog] [Mozilla's questions]
San Francisco is (apparently) backing away from proposed law that would require cell phone retails to label mobile handsets with information related to radiation emissions. Mmm, science!* [via San Francisco Chronicle]
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Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 9, 2011
Last week was a bit of a slow week, as far as technology and the law goes. However, there were a couple large stories that popped up — *cough* *cough* <I’m looking at you, Sony>. Here are the stories that have been on our radar.
Windows 7 sends location data to MS. [via CNET]
FBI raids alleged King’s Speech uploader. [via Ars Technica]
Official response on Apple iPhone location issues. [via Ars Technica]
SCOTUS favors arbitration clauses over class actions. [via supremecourt.gov]
Google sued for Android location tracking. [via The Register (U.K.)]
Sony data breach — 77 million user accounts compromised. [via Ars Technica]
danah boyd’s trademark dispute on Tumblr. [via Zephoria.org]
Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 2, 2011