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Twitter Jokes About Blowing Up Airports: Now OK in the U.K.

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 your statements. A 28-year-old Northern Ireland man has won an appeal and had a prior conviction overturned by the High …

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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 Protection Unit. She says that it will attempt to protect online privacy “through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy …

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Facebook Is Still No Country For Sex Offenders, Says Indiana Judge

“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 speech.” Those are the types of statements you’re likely to hear concerning sex offenders and social media. The problem is …

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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 to record anything and everything for the sheer enjoyment of others? Well, I got a wave of it after watching …

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New Louisiana Law Gives Sex Offenders A Scarlet Letter On Facebook

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, Louisiana State Representative Jeff Thompson authored a bill that will at least keep everything out in the open. Signed into …

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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 on you. A UK high court has sided with 45-year-old Nicola Brookes and ordered Facebook to help identify her cyberbullies …

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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. It connects people together, but in order for any of those connections to be malicious in any way, at least …

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Mark Zuckerberg Might Not Need To Worry About A Prenup

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 Zuckerberg to have Chan sign a prenuptial agreement last week before anybody even knew the marriage was happening. Due to …

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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 finding the culprits by raiding the locations where these people were thought to be operating from. The Krebs on Security …

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The CISPA And Facebook Love Affair

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 involvement under the CISPA. Where there was a nationwide blackout for SOPA, most end users were amazed at the support …

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Why CISPA Could Do More Harm Than Good

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.

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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 you tweet, you’re giving Twitter the right to distribute all of you information however they please. For that reason, prosectors …

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