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Judges Approves Google’s $22.5 Million Settlement with FTC for Safari Privacy Violation

United States v. Google, Inc.
By Casey Holzapfel – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California approved a proposed consent order between the United States and Google that requires Google to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty. Amicus curiae Consumer Watchdog was granted leave to submit a brief challenging the stipulated consent order, after it was filed in August. District Judge Susan Illston was not persuaded by Consumer Watchdog’s brief, however, and rejected its challenge.


Posted On Dec - 4 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Judge Orders Plaintiffs in Sexual Harassment Case to Produce Social Media Passwords

EEOC v. Original Honeybaked Ham Co. of Georgia
By Jessica Vosgerchian — Edited by Geng Chen

The magistrate judge in a sexual harassment class action against The Original Honeybaked Ham Company of Georgia (“Honeybaked Ham”) has ordered plaintiffs to produce passwords to their social media and email accounts as well as surrender their cell phones to a court-appointed special master who will review the materials for discoverable information.


Posted On Nov - 26 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Pio Szamel

Court Finds Warrant Unnecessary for Tracking of Unauthorized WiFi User

Republican Study Committee Releases, then Retracts Report Calling for Copyright Reform

Texas Student Granted Temporary Restraining Order against School RFID Tracking Requirement


Posted On Nov - 25 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Hernandez v. Path, Inc. By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg Hernandez v. Path, Inc., No. 12-CV-01515 YGR (N.D. Cal. Oct. 17, 2012) Slip opinion In a class-action privacy lawsuit over a photo sharing app’s alleged unauthorized access of user data, the District Court for the Northern District of California held that the plaintiff has Article III standing, but dismissed six of the ten claims. The court held that neither a slight loss of phone battery life nor hypothetical ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 20 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Michael Hoven Supreme Court to Hear DNA Privacy Case The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Maryland v. King,  a case involving the warrantless collection of DNA from an arrestee, the Washington Post reported.  In 2009, Maryland instituted routine DNA collection from people arrested for violent crimes; Alonzo King, Jr. was arrested for assault in 2009, and a cheek swab connected him to a 2003 rape, for which he was later convicted. The Maryland Supreme Court overturned the conviction on ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 13 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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