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As an update to our previous post regarding the United States Copyright Group (USCG) mass copyright infringement suits, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled in three additional USCG cases (Call of the Wild Movie LLC v. Does 1-1,062, Maverick Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Does 1...

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Google settles FTC case involving Google Buzz

Mar 30, 2011 by Marc Zwillinger

Today, Google Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy promises to consumers when it launched its social network, Google Buzz, in 2010. A copy of the FTC press release can be found here.    According to the FTC, this settlement is unique in two...

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Daily Digest – March 29, 2011

Mar 29, 2011 by Lisa Branco

* A new McAfee/SAIC study indicates that cybercriminals are shifting their efforts to target sensitive corporate information instead of credit card and other personal information. A quarter of the companies surveyed for the study reported that data breaches delayed new product rollouts or M&A activities. * Attorney General Martha Coakley announced that the Briar Group,...

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RSA Victim of Sophisticated Cyberattack

Mar 24, 2011 by Lisa Branco

On March 17, 2011, RSA (the maker of SecurID token hardware and software-based solutions) announced it had been the victim of “an extremely sophisticated cyber attack…” According to the announcement, information “related to RSA’s SecurID two-factor authentication products” was among the information compromised during the attack, though the company stated they did not believe the...

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On Friday, March 11, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a ruling in a case involving access to Twitter user data as part of the government’s investigation of the Wikileaks/Bradley Manning case.  While the Wikileaks investigation is newsworthy in its own right, it is also generating some interesting court rulings on...

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Cal. Civil Code § 1747.08, which is part of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 (as amended), prohibits entities that accept credit cards from asking or requiring cardholders to provide “personal identification information” at the time of a credit card transaction if the personal identification information is then recorded by the entity. “Personal identification...

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The Conference featured in-depth discussions with leading Internet policy experts and panel tracks focusing on privacy/security, telecommunications regulation, intellectual property and innovation. Marc lent his expertise on a panel discussing: DOJ Surveillance Blueprints: A CALEAmity for the U.S. Technology Industry? To hear the full discussion of the panel please click here....

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Recently the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s decision stating that a commonplace phone that texts and makes calls can be considered a computer as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 1030(e)(1). In USA v. Kramer the court  applied a two level enhancement on the defendant’s sentence for transporting a minor in interstate...

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Marc Zwillinger was quoted in a recent Bloomberg Article discussing WikiLeaks fight to block the U.S. from reviewing Twitter account data based on an argument that the government’s demands violate their constitutional rights.  Zwillinger explained that the Fourth Amendment typically wouldn’t protect “transactional information” related to communications, such as dialed phone numbers or IP addresses. ...

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Happy Data Privacy Day!

Jan 28, 2011 by Lisa Branco

January 28, 2011 is Data Privacy Day, an annual international celebration to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy. Over the past year, data privacy practices have been the subject of growing scrutiny by the press, Congress, the FTC and regulatory agencies in other countries, and, most importantly, consumers. As the FTC looks to...

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