Tag Archives: Google

Protecting the Privacy of Children Online – More Updates on COPPA

Last week, two Senators, Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding apps designed for children and whether they are in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), See 15 U.S.C. 6501 and regulations at 16 C.F.R. Part 312 … Continue Reading

Snowy Conditions: Yandex Releases Video of Self-Driving Car

Russian company, Yandex (often compared to Google here in the United States), recently debuted their very own self-driving car. Last week, Yandex released a video depicting its self-driving car driving through snowy streets of Moscow–an extraordinary feat navigating inclement weather and adverse driving conditions. The video shows a driver with his hands in his lap … Continue Reading

Google Tracking of Android Users Goes Beyond the Expected

By now most smartphone users are aware of location tracking used by both Apple and Android operating systems.  Basic location tracking is a system which uses GPS data to know the phone user’s location.  However, according to a recent article published by Quartz, Google’s data collection goes far beyond basic location tracking.  Not only does … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #114 – Your Email May Have Been Hijacked and You Don’t Know It

A new study by Google, the University of California Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute has concluded that email users are being threatened by massive credential theft and phishing schemes are the primary way hackers are stealing credentials. According to the study, phishing victims are 400 times more likely to have their email accounts … Continue Reading

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been fiercely contested by telecom companies that contend they are being unfairly held to more stringent regulations than so-called edge providers (Google, Facebook, etc.), which … Continue Reading

Experts Warning of New Google Chrome Malware Scam

Cybersecurity experts have been warning users about a Google Chrome scam that targets Windows users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. The scam, which began in December, uses a pop-up stating “The ‘HoeflerText’ font wasn’t found” and tells users to download an update, which is actually malware. The malware campaign started on December 10, … Continue Reading

Cloudflare Software Bug Causes Data Leak

Cloudflare, Inc., a provider of performance and security solutions for websites, recently disclosed that a software bug caused it to leak customer data that was then cached by search engines. Uber, Fitbit, and OkCupid sites may have been affected. While the leaked data is believed to contain private information, the extent of that information is … Continue Reading

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history. The suit alleges that Google is using public school students’ information through G Suite for Education accounts to “advance its business interests … Continue Reading

Controversy looms over ECPA amendment in wake of Orlando terrorist attack

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, early this month, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been discussed quite a bit. The ECPA, a law which took effect in 1986, limits the government’s access to electronic communications and other information. Due to the advancement in technology over the past 30 years, Congress finds itself … Continue Reading

Important Issues are yet to be corrected in the Right to be Forgotten

This article courtesy of guest blogger Michael Ferron, a student at Roger Williams University School of Law The recognition by the European Union of a “Right to be Forgotten” has caused much controversy, but seemingly progress is being made. The Right, which entitles Europeans to petition data controllers to prevent harmful information about them from appearing … Continue Reading

Sony to patent smart contact lens

If you don’t wear contacts now, you may want to start thinking about wearing some if (and when) Sony patents and releases its smart contact lens. Sony has officially filed a patent for smart contact lenses which would allow the ‘user’ the ability to record and play back video. The patent references the ability of … Continue Reading

Google and Oracle agree not to research potential jurors’ social media accounts

Litigating companies Google and Oracle have mutually agreed, at the strong recommendation of the presiding judge, to refrain from researching the social media accounts of a potential jury pool before and during a high stakes copyright infringement trial. Google and Oracle have both agreed not to research the social media accounts of the potential or … Continue Reading

Berkeley students sue Google for mining emails for ads through Apps for Education

Four students attending the University of California, Berkeley, sued Google last week alleging that it violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act by scanning and mining their emails in order to create advertising profiles after telling the university that emails would be private. The lawsuit claims that Google told Berkeley and other colleges and universities that … Continue Reading

Google seeks dismissal or stay of email scanning litigation

Google has recently asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed class action alleging that the company’s practice of scanning Gmail users e-mail for marketing data violates federal and state privacy laws, primarily the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The crux of Google’s motion is that users of the company’s highly popular Gmail consent … Continue Reading

Google Mandates Full Disk Encryption

With the release of Android 6.0, code name Marshmallow, Google has mandated that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) enable full disk encryption. Google is requiring that the feature be enabled as part of the ‘out of box experience’ for customers setting up new mobile devices. Google previously attempted to do the same for Android 5.0, code name Lollipop, … Continue Reading

Will the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law become global? Google sure hopes not

While Google did in fact comply with the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) May 2014 order, which allowed individuals in Europe to request that a search engine ‘delist’ certain information about them from Internet links that harm their privacy, and did process over 25 million individual requests for information removal from all … Continue Reading
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