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Privacy Class Action Against Google Denied
By Sarah O’Loughlin – Edited by Ken Winterbottom

Google, Inc. scored a victory last week when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied class certification to Gmail users attempting to sue the company for violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users. On March 18, 2014 Judge Koh issued an opinion, finding that the issue of consent is too fundamental to the case and too different among the parties seeking class action status together.

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Posted On Mar - 27 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

FISA Court Rejects DOJ’s Request to Indefinitely Hold Metadata Collected by the NSA
By Albert Chen – Edited by Sheri Pan

Last week, the FISA court rejected the DOJ’s request to indefinitely extend the five-year limit that the NSA can retain telephony metadata that it collects in bulk for national security purposes. The court reasoned that an indefinite retention period would violate privacy interests while failing to substantially improve national security.

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Posted On Mar - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Shuangjun Wang

World Wide Web inventor seeks to pass a Magna Carta for the Internet

Facebook v. Power Ventures celebrates its six-year anniversary in the Ninth Circuit

Google’s new encryption sends data through China’s Great Firewall

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Posted On Mar - 16 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Massachusetts High Court Requires Warrants for Cell Phone Location Data
By Zoe Bedell – Edited by Corey Omer

On February 18, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) agreed with a Superior Court ruling that the Commonwealth must seek a warrant in most cases before obtaining cell phone records that track an individual’s location. The SJC nevertheless vacated the lower court’s order granting the defendant’s motion to suppress the records and remanded the case for a hearing on whether the Commonwealth had met the higher ‘probable cause’ standard required for the issuance of a warrant.

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Posted On Mar - 10 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Defects in the DATA Act
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Michael Shammas

On February 12, 2014, Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill that would require data brokers—companies that collect and sell consumer information to third parties—to be more transparent about their practices. The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act represents an attempt to empower consumers to regain some control over their personal information. However, the transparency and control offered by the DATA Act is limited.

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Posted On Feb - 27 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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