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Lenovo Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Superfish Adware

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Anton Ziajka

Lenovo is facing backlash for pre-installing adware called Superfish on some of its computers. Lenovo explained that it pre-installed Superfish to help its users by replacing advertisements with ones that potentially offer lower prices. However, Superfish threatens users’ privacy and data security, ArsTechnica describes in detail. A Lenovo customer recently filed a class action lawsuit against Lenovo for pre-installing Superfish on a laptop that she purchased, MaximumPC reports.


Posted On Mar - 10 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Anne Woodworth

Report Claims Facebook Privacy Policy in Violation of EU Law

FCC Preempts State Laws Limiting City-Provided Internet Service

Aereo Files Repayment Plan Following Bankruptcy Auction


Posted On Mar - 5 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Privacy Concerns in the Sharing Economy: The Case of Uber 

By Sabreena Khalid – Edited by Insue Kim

Recent revelations about Uber’s disconcerting use of personal user information have exposed the numerous weaknesses in Uber’s Privacy Policy. The lack of regulation in the area, coupled with the sensitive nature of personal information gathered by Uber, makes the issue one requiring immediate attention of policy makers.


Posted On Dec - 17 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Congress Fails to Pass Act Limiting Collection of Phone Metadata

By Henry Thomas – Edited by Paulius Jurcys

The Senate failed to reach closure and bring the USA FREEDOM Act to a vote. The Act would have extended provisions of the Patriot Act, but would have sharply curtailed the executive’s authority to collect phone conversation metadata. While the bill had broad popular support, the vote failed largely along party lines, passing the onus of drafting and approving a new bill onto the next congressional session.


Posted On Dec - 1 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

U.S. Marshals Service Uses Airborne “Dirtboxes” to Collect Cell Phone Data

By Katherine Kwong – Edited by Mengyi Wang

The U.S. government has been using “dirtboxes” to collect cell phone data. The program, designed for criminal suspect surveillance, is accused of also collecting cell phone data on numerous Americans not suspected of any crime. While many commentators express concern about the program’s legality, others argue that the program is an effective method of catching criminals.


Posted On Nov - 25 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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