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Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today
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A Senate committee is going to soon discuss whether or not you should be allowed to share your Netflix history on Facebook. Some people are for it, while others are against it. More importantly, Sen. Patrick Leahy has snuck an …

Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today

Have you ever wondered why you can’t share what you’re watching on Netflix via Facebook? You can thank VPPA for that. The Video Privacy Protection Act was introduced in 1984 in response to a Supreme Court nominee’s video rental records …

Lawyer Posts Photo of Client’s Underwear on Facebook, Quickly Leads to Mistrial Lawyer Posts Photo of Client’s Underwear on Facebook, Quickly Leads to Mistrial
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We’ve seen plenty of stories over the last few years involving court proceedings, social media, and how the two often run up against each other. We’ve seen a couple of cases that have gotten thrown out due to juries with …

ACLU Says D.C. Police Illegally Seized Man’s Cellphone After Photographing Alleged Misconduct ACLU Says D.C. Police Illegally Seized Man’s Cellphone After Photographing Alleged Misconduct
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The American Civil Liberties Union has just filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and two police officers after alleging that they violated the law by seizing a man’s cellphone and stealing his memory card. The plaintiff in the …

Judge: Your Facebook Friends Can Legally Show Cops Your Profile Judge: Your Facebook Friends Can Legally Show Cops Your Profile
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If you think that privacy settings will stop a persistent investigator from accessing your profile information, status updates, and various other types of personal Facebook data – think again. According to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Williams Pauley III, …

Twitter Jokes About Blowing Up Airports: Now OK in the U.K. Twitter Jokes About Blowing Up Airports: Now OK in the U.K.
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If you’re traveling around the U.K. and something pisses you off so much that you jokingly tweeting that you’re going to blow an airport “sky high” – have no fear. That’s because there is now precedent for the legality of …

California To Tackle Privacy Crimes With New DOJ Unit California To Tackle Privacy Crimes With New DOJ Unit

The state of California is going after those who would attempt to violate your online privacy. Attorney General Kamala Harris just announced the formation of a new task force inside the state’s Department of Justice called the Privacy Enforcement and …

Facebook Is Still No Country For Sex Offenders, Says Indiana Judge Facebook Is Still No Country For Sex Offenders, Says Indiana Judge
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“Sex offenders are deplorable and allowing them access to our children via Facebook is criminal.” How about “it’s a universal human right, protected by the constitution, to be able to access these forms of communication as they amount to free …

Thanks, Internet! Naked Guy Slaps A Cop While Getting Tazed Thanks, Internet! Naked Guy Slaps A Cop While Getting Tazed

You know that feeling you get when you watch something that you know you never would have been able to witness without the advent of the internet – that feeling of gratitude for YouTube, iPhones and the willingness of citizens …

New Louisiana Law Gives Sex Offenders A Scarlet Letter On Facebook New Louisiana Law Gives Sex Offenders A Scarlet Letter On Facebook
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When it comes to registered sex offenders being allowed on social media sites like Facebook, maybe it’s more about open information and less about outright bans. Unsure of the constitutionality of an outright ban on sex offenders using social networks, …

Facebook Must Help Identify Trolls, Says UK Court Facebook Must Help Identify Trolls, Says UK Court

If you’re in the UK and are in the mood for some particularly malicious Facebook trolling, you might want to rethink your decision. That’s because there is now precedent for a court to order Facebook turn over everything they have …

Every 40 Minutes, Some Idiot Commits A Crime Involving Facebook Every 40 Minutes, Some Idiot Commits A Crime Involving Facebook

Facebook, on its own, isn’t dangerous. Despite the fact that we occasionally hear stories about stalkings, harassment, child predation, theft, and many more crimes involving the social network, you have to remember that Facebook is just that: a social network. …

Mark Zuckerberg Might Not Need To Worry About A Prenup Mark Zuckerberg Might Not Need To Worry About A Prenup
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After last Friday’s debut of the Facebook IPO, Mark Zuckerberg went and got married on Saturday. Now Zuckerberg and his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, are presumably living in marital bliss. Donald Trump, perhaps being able to see the future, advised …

Microsoft Subpoenaing Emails In ZeuS Botnet Case Microsoft Subpoenaing Emails In ZeuS Botnet Case

Surely you’re aware of the ZeuS botnet case now in which a group of hackers from around the world are running a botnet ring that has infected thousands, if not millions, of computers. Microsoft has taken a proactive approach to …

The CISPA And Facebook Love Affair The CISPA And Facebook Love Affair
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Some 800 private firms pledged their support to CISPA – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Critics are calling CISPA the new SOPA, with a small twist of course, it exonerates private firms of all liability and responsibility for their …

Why CISPA Could Do More Harm Than Good Why CISPA Could Do More Harm Than Good
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Are you familiar with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act? The bill, which is more commonly known as CISPA, is getting a considerable amount of criticism from both Internet and consumer advocates. Many of these groups are equating it with SOPA and are hoping that it will receive the same outcome.

Judge: Your Tweets Aren’t Yours, And Even Your Deleted Tweets Can Be Obtained Without A Warrant Judge: Your Tweets Aren’t Yours, And Even Your Deleted Tweets Can Be Obtained Without A Warrant

“While the Fourth Amendment provides protection for our physical homes, we do not have a physical “home” on the Internet.” That’s the crux of a decision from New York Criminal Court judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. Not only that, but when …

Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords Should Be Illegal, Says One Senator Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords Should Be Illegal, Says One Senator
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Should it be illegal for employers to ask prospective employees for their Facebook passwords? One U.S. Senator thinks so. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says he’s drafting a bill to ban the practice, and that it should be ready “in the …

Trayvon Martin Case Goes To Grand Jury Trayvon Martin Case Goes To Grand Jury
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The Associated Press is reporting that a central Florida prosecutor has announced a grand jury will convene to look at the evidence surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. This comes a day after the U.S. Justice department also announced …

Mark Cuban Rants About Yahoo/Facebook Case Mark Cuban Rants About Yahoo/Facebook Case

In perhaps one of the greatest examples of a need for a sarcasm font, Mark Cuban rants in his blog about the ridiculousness of the U.S. Patent system. To put it mildly, Cuban is fed up. He rails a system …

Oklahoma Man Arrested For Sexually Violating A Pig Oklahoma Man Arrested For Sexually Violating A Pig
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I know that it’s hard to contain yourself around a prized show pig, but there are lines you just don’t cross. A man in Murray County, Oklahoma crossed that line. KFOR in Oklahoma City is reporting that 77-year-old Jimmy “Hawkeye” …