Driver’s license, insurance, and blood sample, Sir.

May 5, 2016

I blame the unseasonably warm weather, perhaps the election season circus, or possibly the fact other cases before the Supreme Court tackle sexier issues like the separation of powers or the enforceability of voting rights, for the reason more coverage is necessary on a fundamental privacy issue currently before the court in Birchfield v. North…

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When can Workers be Fired for Posts and Tweets on Social Media?

February 21, 2013

(c) A young woman was having a bad day when she posted on Facebook, around the first anniversary of her mother’s death, that some days she wished she were fired so she could just stay at home. The next day she got her wish: her employer fired her.1 A waitress posted a bill that…

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Settlement Reached between F.T.C. and Facebook over Privacy Issue

November 30, 2011

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission in Washington announced a broad settlement with Facebook that requires the company to respect the privacy wishes of its users. The order requires Facebook to obtain its users’ “affirmative express consent” before it can override their own privacy settings. Facebook is also obliged to undergo an independent privacy audit every…

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TSA to Publish Radiation Test Results from Airport Scanners

March 18, 2011

We have reported several times on our Blog about the outrage the implementation of full-body scanners at U.S. airports provoked among travelers. Last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will start publishing radiating results from airport passenger and luggage screening equipment. By doing so, TSA hopes to calm the lingering fears among…

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Google Fights to Keep Documents Secret in Trademark Appeal

February 23, 2011

Google is famous for bringing all information including private one to the Internet, but now the company hopes to keep several documents secret in a pending appeal. Language software maker Rosetta Stone appealed after a federal judge ruled for Google in a trademark dispute. and now Google presented a lot of redacted documents. It seems…

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An Advance for Google in Germany

November 19, 2010

Germany — After months of public opposition, Google Street View went online on Thursday with panoramic images from 20 large German cities, including Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt. As a result of resistance from politicians and privacy advocates who said that the service violated privacy by providing detailed images of buildings and front yards, more…

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German employers may be prevented from viewing a job applicant’s FB page; US Employers, however, could still see those Spring Break photos…

August 26, 2010

From the Associated Press: BERLIN — Ever thought twice about posting a party picture on Facebook, fearing it could someday hurt your chance at a dream job? A draft German law is supposed to solve the problem by making it illegal for prospective employers to spy on applicants’ private postings. The draft law on employee…

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Employers can Search your Company Phone, Pager

June 18, 2010

In the first ruling on workplace texting, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that an Employer can search through a company-owned pager, and that this does not violate the employee’s right to privacy. The case of City of Ontario, California vs. Quon described the City’s search of Police Sergeant Quon’s text messages – and discovered…

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