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By Andrew Crocker

EPIC Sues FTC Over Google’s Impending Privacy Changes

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed suit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in an attempt to force the FTC to step in before Google changes its user privacy policy on March 1, reports PC World. EPIC’s complaint alleges that Google’s privacy changes will violate the consent order that the company reached with the FTC last year in settlement of the Commission’s investigation of Google Buzz. EPIC is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the FTC, a move the Los Angeles Times calls “an unusual end run” to get the Commission to act. According to the Washington Post blog, the suit has been fast-tracked, and a preliminary ruling is expected before the new policy goes into effect.

Court Refuses to Shut Down MP3 Resale Site

Ars Technica reports that a federal district judge has refused Capitol Records’ motion for a temporary injunction against the music website ReDigi. ReDigi is a “used” MP3 site that allows users to resell music purchased through Apple’s iTunes store to other users. According to the ReDigi site, the sale is accomplished through a proprietary verification process that ensures no illegal copying takes place. ReDigi claims the service is protected by the first sale doctrine, which allows legal owners of physical works to sell or rent them to others. CNET reports, however, that Capitol has argued that ReDigi must make copies during its verification process, a use not covered by the first sale doctrine.

Washington D.C. Repeals Online Gambling Law

The Washington D.C. city council has voted to repeal the city’s online gambling law, according to the Washington Post. The measure, which had not yet gone into effect, was the first law passed by an American jurisdiction to create a city-run poker site for bettors located within the jurisdiction. Although online gambling has been controversial and a number of poker sites have been ruled to violate state and federal law, Reuters reports that D.C. legislators voted to repeal because of a lack of transparency in how the contract to run the site was awarded.

Posted On Feb - 13 - 2012 1 Comment

One Response so far.

  1. Tim Watson says:

    In what terms does lottery come under gambling laws? Yesterday’s Super Tuesday saw some talk on the matter but didn’t state under what category this fell under and what this means for state lottery scholarships and other lottery funded programs.

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