LAWSUITS TO WATCH
Some selected lawsuits in the news that may have important
implications for all of us.
Blogs vs. the law: A showdown about third party commentary
"The Wild West days of the Internet's digital frontier could be tamed, as bloggers await the outcome of a lawsuit in which one of their own was sued for comments posted on his Web log or "blog.""
Full story - Post-Gazette
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Oct 5 08:44:46 EDT 2005
Victim sues RIAA under RICO Act
"... in what could be the beginning of the end for the Big Music cartel's vicious sue 'em all marketing campaign, RIAA victim Tanya Andersen has just counter-sued the RIAA for Oregon RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, negligent misrepresentation, the tort of "outrage", and deceptive business practices"
Full story - p2p.net
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Oct 4 17:18:16 EDT 2005
RIAA sued by victim
"A WOMAN who was sued by the Recording Industry of America for file-sharing has countersued the outfit for hacking.
Tanya Andersen, a 41-year old disabled single mother living in Oregon, has countersued the RIAA for Oregon RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, negligent misrepresentation."
Full story - The Inquirer
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Oct 3 08:40:29 EDT 2005
Online publishing's perils
"The Canadian Internet law community is buzzing about this month's release of two new cases from Ontario and British Columbia that focused on the jurisdiction of Canadian courts over content posted online."
Full story - Canada.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 29 14:18:10 EDT 2005
Judge sides with Visa, MasterCard in consumer suit
"A California judge ruled Friday that Visa USA Inc. and MasterCard International Inc. don't have to send individual warnings to thousands of consumers whose personal account information was stolen during a high-tech heist uncovered earlier this year.
"I don't see the emergency," San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said in rejecting a request for an order against the nation's two largest credit card associations. "I don't think there is an immediate threat of irreparable injury" to consumers."
Full story - Chicago Sun-Times
Submitted by Anonymous, Sun Sep 25 06:20:04 EDT 2005
Bank can't sue ISP for false phishing alert
"A bank whose website was incorrectly identified by Earthlink%92s anti-phishing toolbar as "potentially fraudulent" cannot sue the ISP, a judge ruled last week, finding that Earthlink was not the publisher of the information in terms of a US law."
Full story - Out-Law.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 22 12:05:54 EDT 2005
Court Nixes Some Ads Sent to Cell Phones
"The unanimous ruling by a three-judge Court of Appeals panel upholds a trial judge's pretrial ruling in favor of a man who had sued a mortgage company in 2001 after it sent two unsolicited text messages to his cell phone. Rodney L. Joffe claimed that the calls by Acacia Mortgage Corp. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991."
Full story - BizReport
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Sep 21 16:28:31 EDT 2005
Washington Post cannot be sued in Ontario over stories
"The Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled on Friday that Ontario courts do not have jurisdiction to hear a $10 million damages claim by a Guinean national, resident in Ontario, over articles published by The Washington Post in 1997, but still available online."
Full story - Out-Law.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Sep 21 16:22:41 EDT 2005
Web forum administrators hope lawsuit will end soon
"George "Ed" Avila hopes a lawsuit that named him, his wife and others involved with the Canterbury Unofficial Town Forum as defendants will end soon with their names cleared.
Resident Robert Noiseux filed a defamation suit in July against the Avilas, Jennifer Hart and Raymond Sulich, who are administrators of the Web forum."
Full story - Norwich Bulletin
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 20 16:46:10 EDT 2005
Mother sues district
"The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was handcuffed and accused of battery and assault on a kindergartner has filed a federal lawsuit against the Washoe County School District and two school officials... The lawsuit alleges that the detention and arrest of her son was without probable cause"
Full story - First Amendment Center
Submitted by Anonymous, Sat Sep 17 15:20:55 EDT 2005
Indiana do-not-call law upheld by federal judge
"A federal judge ruled that the state's do-not-call list law does not violate the First Amendment... Indiana's do-not-call law is one of the toughest in the nation, and allows charities to make solicitation calls only if they use employees or volunteers to make the calls. The charities that sued used professional telemarketers to solicit donations."
Full story - First Amendment Center
Submitted by Anonymous, Sat Sep 17 15:09:19 EDT 2005
Cliff Stanford to appeal email snoop verdict
"Cliff Stanford, founder of Demon and Redbus, is planning to launch an appeal after receiving a suspended prison sentence for illegally intercepting emails... This is a landmark legal case as this is the first time anyone has been prosecuted for this offence under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) 2000, according to the defence counsel."
Full story - silicon.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Sep 16 16:32:17 EDT 2005
Constitutional complaint against hyperlink ban
"the Heise Publishing House has filed a constitutional complaint against two rulings by courts in Munich. The judges had issued a ban prohibiting the publishing house from inserting a hyperlink to a foreign website in an online report."
Full story - heise.de
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Sep 16 12:36:56 EDT 2005
Superintendent Focus of Email Investigation
"While a state investigation has concluded that North Branford Superintendent Dr. Robert Wolfe violated no privacy rights when he accessed an employee's school e-mail account, Wolfe still faces legal action from the aggrieved employee... state police who initially suspected that Wolfe might have violated a law that bars unauthorized people from copying electronic mail. According to police reports, two personal e-mails including one her attorney were forwarded from her account to Dr. Wolfe's on April 11."
Full story - Courier Journal
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 15 09:10:15 EDT 2005
Demon founder's email interception trial kicks off
"The trial at Southwark Crown Court began with the counsel for the defence asking for the judge to rule on certain legal arguments."
Full story - silicon.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 13 15:59:50 EDT 2005
Court Mulls Release Of Columbine Videos
"...the gunmen's parents are fighting a newspaper's request for public release of the videos, audio recordings and writings Harris and Klebold made in the months before they killed 12 students and a teacher in April 1999. The Colorado Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday from The Denver Post, the parents and the Jefferson County sheriff's office, which also opposes the release."
Full story - WRAL
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 13 09:51:37 EDT 2005
Court Blocks Release of Ex-Clerk's E-Mails
"The Colorado Supreme Court blocked the release of hundreds of romantic or sexually explicit e-mails between the former Arapahoe County clerk and an employee, ruling Monday they were not public record. The Rocky Mountain News and Arapahoe County commissioners had sought the release of the e-mails, arguing they were public record because they were written on county computers."
Full story - Interest Alert
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 12 16:53:56 EDT 2005
Mistaken child-porn raid leads to lawsuit
"Brian and Sarah Doom were shocked when police showed up at their Wichita home accusing them of child pornography.
The Dooms had never been in trouble with the law. On Aug. 12, 2004, they found themselves being accused of activity that disgusted them.
But the police had the wrong house, based on mistaken information from the Dooms' Internet service provider, Cox Communications."
Full story - Kansas.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 12 02:56:50 EDT 2005
Rockers file request for party privacy
"A rave broken up in Spanish Fork Canyon last month may result in a restraining order against the Utah County Sheriff's Office... "We want a court order that while the lawsuit is pending, the sheriff cannot enforce the ordinance based upon his 'predictions' as to how long a concert may last," attorney Brian Barnard said in an e-mail to the Daily Herald."
Fulll story - Daily Herald
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Sep 9 05:28:43 EDT 2005
ACORN sues over state law banning paying people to register voters
"A community advocacy group is suing the State Board of Elections over an obscure rule the board says prohibits organizations from paying people to register voters. Leaders of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which filed the lawsuit yesterday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, say banning payment of voter-registration workers violates the group's freedom of speech."
Fulll story - Baltimore Sun
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Sep 9 05:05:46 EDT 2005
Legal Showdown in Search Fracas
"If you are a company that has been banned from Google for allegedly rigging search engine results on behalf of your clients, and people throughout the industry are talking smack about you, what do you do?
You retain a lawyer and sue, claiming theft of trade secrets and libel."
Full story - Wired
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 8 11:36:29 EDT 2005
Verizon Wireless Sues Telemarketers
""We just consider it to be a tremendous invasion of privacy," Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Robin Nicol said Friday. "Customers look at their wireless phones as one of the last bastions of privacy that they have.""
Full story - CIO Today
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 6 13:36:36 EDT 2005
Heise to file constitutional complaint against hyperlink ban
"Heise Zeitschriften Verlag [Heise Publishing House] will file a constitutional complaint against a decision by the Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Munich. On July 28 2005 the OLG decided that the publishing house's news service heise online was not permitted to insert a hyperlink to the software manufacturer Slysoft. According to the management's assessment this ban constituted an inadmissible infringement of the freedom of the press guaranteed by Article 5 of Germany's Basic Law (GG), the management of the publishing house declared."
Full story - heise.de
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 1 12:58:28 EDT 2005
Student Sues Term-Paper Web Sites for Posting her Paper and Damaging her Reputation
"A graduate student has sued three term-paper Web sites, accusing them of selling one of her terms papers without her permission. The case could be the first of its kind, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The student (Blue Macellari) has sued the operator (Rusty Carroll) of the Web sites, and a company he owns (R2C2 Inc.) alleging violation of copyright, invasion of privacy, and damage to her reputation. She seeks $100,000 in damages."
Full story - aacrao.org
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 1 12:31:19 EDT 2005
Lawsuit Says Apparent Use Of Auto-Dialers and Pre-recorded Messages In Calls To Cell Phones Violated Federal, State Laws (press release)
"... In separate lawsuits, believed to be the first of their kind by a U.S. wireless provider against telemarketing firms, Verizon Wireless is seeking injunctions against the two companies, Intelligent Alternatives of San Diego, CA, and Resort Marketing Trends of Coral Springs, FL, that apparently made hundreds of thousands of calls to cell phone customers using pre-recorded messages and auto-dialers in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act as well as state laws."
Full story - PR Newswire
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 1 10:04:52 EDT 2005
Blogger Faces Lawsuit Over Comments Posted by Readers
"In a legal case being watched closely by bloggers, an Internet company has sued the owner of a Web log for comments posted to his site by readers... Traffic-Power.com sued Aaron Wall... alleging defamation and publication of trade secrets. The suit, filed in a Nevada state court earlier this month, also listed as defendants several unnamed users of the blog. At issue are statements posted in the comments section of Mr. Wall's blog..."
Full story - Wall Street Journal
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Aug 31 11:08:38 EDT 2005
Ex-sailor files lawsuit over use of 1963 photo
"City resident Robert Johnson was shocked last fall when he saw an old military photograph of himself on a mass-mailing advertisement by Milford Photo. Johnson, who took the photograph to Milford Photo nearly two years ago to have it restored, filed a lawsuit against the company in Superior Court Thursday. Bridgeport Attorney Jeff Beck, who is handling the case for Johnson, said the photograph appeared in three "Valu Pack" mailings."
Full story - Connecticut Post
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Aug 26 11:09:37 EDT 2005
Studios mine P2P logs to sue swappers
"Hollywood studios filed a new round of lawsuits against file swappers on Thursday, for the first time using peer-to-peer companies' own data to track down individuals accused of trading movies online."
Full story - CNet
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Aug 25 15:38:09 EDT 2005
Freedman's suit vs. town headed to court
"A federal court judge ruled last week that a jury must hear several of the claims included in former Board of Education member Clifton Freedman's privacy rights lawsuit against the town, and called for juror selection to begin in early September."
Full story - Fairfield Minuteman
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Aug 18 20:05:02 EDT 2005
Adware Firm Accuses 7 Distributors of Using 'Botnets'
"A major online advertising company that has been accused by security experts of fueling the spyware problem says it is taking legal action against seven people in six countries who, it claims, used viruses to spread ad software to thousands of computers without their owners' consent."
Full story - Washington Post
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Aug 16 16:25:18 EDT 2005
EFF To Challenge E-Mail Tax Laws
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation -- a nonprofit organization that works to preserve freedom and privacy on the Internet -- has decided to challenge new laws in Michigan and Utah that would tax senders of ordinary e-mail while leaving spammers untouched."
Full story - earthweb
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Aug 16 12:30:06 EDT 2005
Taking on record companies
"... "I didn't do anything wrong," she said. "Why should I pay them?"
She never used the Kazaa program - one of the networks that facilitates file sharing - that was downloaded onto her computer, she said. She didn't even know what it was before she was sued, she said. The Kazaa account name in the lawsuit belongs to a friend of her children's, not to her or anyone in her house, she said."
Full story - TheJournalNews
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Aug 16 01:14:17 EDT 2005
Will The RIAA Target Homemade CDs?
"The digital equivalent of homemade tapes are the next target of the Recording Industry Association of America.
After asserting that the RIAA's educational and lawsuit strategies were working to stall the illegal downloading of music, the organization's president and chief executive Mitch Bainwol told music retailers Friday that burning and ripping is a greater threat to the industry."
Full story - Forbes
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Aug 15 13:17:36 EDT 2005
Online Lessons on Unprotected Sex
"Kiss-and-tell is as old as love itself. Fortunately, most indiscreet paramours limit their blabbing to a few confidants. Not Jessica Cutler. In May 2004, she spilled out the graphic details of her sexual exploits on Capitol Hill on a blog accessible to hundreds of millions of Internet users.
Now a federal lawsuit by one of her past lovers has set up a potentially high-stakes battle between privacy and speech rights and could give new meaning to the idea of safe sex in a wired world."
Full story - Washington Post
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Aug 15 10:28:00 EDT 2005
Suit claims N.Y. town used false subpoenas to I.D. e-mail critics
"A federal lawsuit claims officials of an upstate town issued five false criminal subpoenas to make Time Warner Cable identify the RoadRunner e-mail subscribers who were anonymously criticizing emergency services."
Full story - FirstAmendmentCenter
Submitted by Anonymous, Sun Aug 14 02:38:40 EDT 2005
High court to hear blog suit; Smyrna councilman claims anonymous defamation
"A lawsuit seeking to identify anonymous posters to an Internet Web log will be decided in the Delaware Supreme Court, a case some say could set precedents for free speech online.
The case, filed last year by Smyrna Town Councilman Patrick J. Cahill and his wife Julia, alleges that four anonymous posters to a community issues blog "defamed" the councilman and his wife in late 2004."
Full story - newszap.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Aug 12 23:54:58 EDT 2005
Court orders CardSystems to retain breach information
"A California state court has ordered CardSystems Solutions Inc. and three other defendants in a class-action lawsuit to preserve evidence related to a major breach of the Atlanta credit-card processor's computer systems.
The court also has set a date for CardSystems, along with MasterCard International Inc., Visa U.S.A. Inc. and Merrick Bank Corp., to argue over who bears ultimate responsibility for informing customers of the breach (see "Security breach may have exposed 40M credit cards")."
Full story - ComputerWorld
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Aug 5 11:06:34 EDT 2005
NYCLU sues city over subway searches
"The New York Civil Liberties Union will file suit against the city Thursday to keep police from searching the bags of passengers entering the subway, organization lawyers said.
The suit, which will be filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, will claim that the two-week old policy violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection and prohibitions against unlawful searches and seizures, while doing almost nothing to shield the city from terrorism."
Full story - Newsday
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Aug 4 11:48:46 EDT 2005
First-instance ruling in the Music Industry versus Heise upheld
"In the legal dispute between Heise Zeitschriften Verlag and eight companies in the music industry, the Intermediate Court of Appeals (OLG) of Munich has upheld the ruling of a lower court. heise online can thus continue to report about software that can be used to crack copy-protection mechanisms on DVDs. However, heise still may not provide a hyperlink to the homepage of a vendor of such software."
Full story - Heise
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jul 29 10:24:33 EDT 2005
Small Firms Blaze a Trail for Privacy Suits
"Matthew Righetti says companies that leak consumer data should be forced to pay. But the San Francisco plaintiffs lawyer can't say how much. Or, for that matter, whether any court would agree with him."
Full story - law.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Jul 28 09:29:41 EDT 2005
Australian ISP liable for MP3 links
"Australian ISP ComCen Internet Services last week lost a copyright case brought against it and its customer Stephen Cooper by the Australian music industry over links on Cooper%92s website to thousands of illegal music file downloads.
It is thought to be the first time that an ISP has been found liable for copyright infringement by allowing its infrastructure to be used for linking to music files."
Full story - Out-Law.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Jul 26 15:31:06 EDT 2005
Breaches of customers' data trigger lawsuits
"Andrew Schultz was just one of many consumers whose banks notified them last month that computer hackers had filched their credit- and debit-card information. Now Mr. Shultz may help decide who is liable.
The Marin County, Calif., salesman, along with two other plaintiffs, has filed a class-action lawsuit in California Superior Court in San Francisco against CardSystems Solutions Inc., which last month acknowledged that hackers had obtained information on approximately 200,000 credit- and debit-card accounts."
Full story - post-gazette.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jul 22 09:18:37 EDT 2005
ISP liable in 'MP3s4free' case
"THE federal Court has found a website linking to illegal MP3s and the Sydney service provider that hosted liable under copyright infringement laws.
The music business' copyright enforcer, Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) said the ruling by Justice Tamberlin that internet service provider Com-Cen and parent company E-Talk Communications had been made liable by hosting the website was the first decision of its kind in Australia."
Full story - Australian IT
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jul 15 11:10:39 EDT 2005
Class Action Web Sites Untested
"... The court found that even though the Web site stated that answering the questionnaire would not create an attorney-client relationship, California law required that the information remain privileged and out of the drug maker's reach. Barton v. SmithKlineBeecham, No. 05-71086."
Full story - Law.com
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jul 8 11:14:28 EDT 2005
Man Sues Mass. for Right to Get Drunk
"A man arrested when police showed up to break up a New Year's Eve party at a friend's house has filed a lawsuit, arguing he has a constitutional right to get drunk on private property as long as he doesn't cause a public disturbance."
Full story - PhillyBurbs
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jul 8 10:57:13 EDT 2005
ACLU to fight computer ruling
"The lawyer for a current and former township official who has asked to examine the computer hard drive of two accusers, has opened a hornet's nest that has now drawn the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The suit was filed in January by Charlene and Scott Uhrmann of Budd Lake, who claimed that current Township Councilman Bernhard Guenther and former Councilman David Scapicchio were were not entitled to thousands of dollars in health insurance coverage paid by the township.
As part of his discovery process, the officials' lawyer, Ronald Heymann of Mount Olive, received approval from Superior Court Judge D. Hunt Dumont to examine the Uhrmanns' computer hard drive."
Full story - Mt. Olive Chronicle
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jul 8 06:55:52 EDT 2005
Credit card suit now seeks damages
"A class action lawsuit filed after millions of credit card accounts were compromised by a data breach at payment processor CardSystems Solutions now also demands unspecified monetary damages for consumers and merchants.
The amended complaint was filed on behalf of California credit card holders and card-accepting merchants Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Francisco."
Full story - CNet
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Jul 7 12:32:34 EDT 2005
The Anti-Spam Litigation Shop
"Like most of us, Joe Wagner hates spam. Unlike most of us, he's doing something about it.
Wagner, a 37-year-old mechanical engineer and founder of Hypertouch, a modest California internet services provider, has fired off several lawsuits against companies that he believes have violated the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing, or Can-Spam, Act."
Full story - Wired
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jul 1 09:24:29 EDT 2005
Court: File-Sharing Services May Be Sued
"... "We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by the clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties," Justice David H. Souter wrote for the court.
At issue was whether the file-sharing services should be held liable even if they have no direct control over what millions of online users are doing with the software they provide for free. As much as 90 percent of songs and movies copied on the file-sharing networks are downloaded illegally, according to music industry filings."
Full story - Washington Post
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Jun 27 10:59:45 EDT 2005
Suit Filed Over Fla. Abortion-Notice Law
"A federal lawsuit filed Thursday argues that a new Florida law requiring physicians to notify parents when their minor daughters seek abortions could endanger the girls by delaying emergency treatment.
The Center for Reproductive Rights and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America hope to block the law before it takes effect July 1. The law covers girls 17 and under unless they are married or have already had a child."
Full story - AP News
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Jun 24 00:45:37 EDT 2005
High Court to Review Privacy Rights
"Stepping into the debate over repressed memory, the California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to review whether a famed memory scholar can be found liable for defaming and invading the privacy of the subject of a psychological case study.
The court voted without dissent in a closed session to accept an appeal by UC Irvine psychology professor Elizabeth F. Loftus, who was sued after publishing what she called an "expose" of a case study in which a 17-year-old purportedly recalled a memory of her mother sexually molesting her 11 years earlier. Two lower courts had ruled that the lawsuit could go to trial."
Full story - latimes
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Jun 23 08:55:29 EDT 2005
EPIC Joins Amicus Brief in Subscriber List Privacy Case
"From www.epic.org: EPIC joined eight civil liberties organizations to submit a "friend of the court" brief (pdf) in Forensic Advisors v. Matrixx Initiatives, a case before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in which a pharmaceutical company is attempting to force a newsletter publisher to disclose his subscriber list. The company wants to use the list in connection with a law suit it filed against numerous unidentified people who posted derogatory comments about the company on Internet discussion boards. The brief argues in favor of protecting the list under a Maryland law that protects journalists' sources. It also argues that the list is protected under the First Amendment, since disclosure of the list would deter readership and violate constitutionally established privacy rights."
Full story - Amicus Brief (pdf)
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Jun 16 10:27:20 EDT 2005
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FTC Brings Charges Against Company Flagged In CDT Complaint
From cdt.org: The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it had brought charges against Odysseus Marketing, publisher of a software product called ClientMan. The Center for Democracy & Technology had first identified ClientMan as one ...Read more
FaceTime Identifies Fake Google Toolbar Propagated Thru Instant Messaging and Internet Relay Chat
FaceTime today warns users about malicious links being spread through instant messaging (IM) and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) which downloads a rogue, fake Google toolbar and adware on users machines and re-directs users to a ...Read more
Want to check your e-mail in Italy? Bring your passport.
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Start-up getting financing for fingerprint technology
A San Francisco start-up, Pay By Touch Solutions, is expected to announce today $130 million in fresh financing for a novel way of paying for groceries and other goods and services: a machine that reads ...Read more
Court strikes down bank privacy law
Federal law trumps California's law restricting financial institutions from distributing information about their customers to affiliated businesses, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Tuesday...Read more
FTC Targets Company Secretly Installing Spyware that Can't Be Uninstalled
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Another data security bill in the works
Rep. Mike Castle, a Delaware Republican, said at a Visa cardholder security conference here that he plans to introduce "in the next couple of days" a revised version of the bill that he has been ...Read more
Government Cracks Down On Spyware Operation
Government regulators are trying to shut down a company they say secretly downloaded spyware onto the computers of unwitting Internet users, rendering them helpless to a flood of pop-up ads, computer crashes and other annoyances...Read more
Touch-screen voters feel exposed
... The Diebold machines - which will be installed at voting precincts throughout Utah by 2006 - sit atop stands and have tilt-top screens and plastic covers that can be adjusted. But some voters felt ...Read more
Protect, don't suffocate me on ID theft (opinion)
I am not myself these days. I don't know who I am, but I am definitely not myself. A lady on the phone as much as told me so. This was after she had given ...Read more