Tag Archives: Privacy

You Don’t Have to Friend Your Boss in Montana (Among Other States)

On April 23rd, Montana became the 20th state (joining Maryland, the first to pass such a law, as well as Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan , Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Plug or Perish

FVLD attorney Seth Stern recently made a presentation to the Chicago Bar Association comparing the European Union’s “Right to be Forgotten” to United States privacy law.  Seth explained that any Right to be Forgotten legislation in the USA faces significant … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Tao of the Internet: FCC and FTC Getting Aggressive

Two federal government agencies issued consumer protection warnings last week in connection with trending Internet practices.  While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought to facilitate personal connectivity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressed concerns over the risks of consumers meshing … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plug or Perish

FVLD’s January Legal Update discusses significant new laws that will affect both individuals and businesses in Illinois this year.  In short, if your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 included making surreptitious recordings of private conversations and posting revenge porn online, … Continue reading

Posted in Business & Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If Hackers Can Gag Sony, Can Sony Muffle Them?

Following the recent cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, numerous media outlets received a threatening letter from David Boies, Sony’s lawyer, demanding that they not republish or otherwise use the hacked Sony documents and destroy any copies that they may have.  … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mixed Results in Acquitted Rape Suspect’s Online Defamation Case

Rulings on an attorney’s complaint against online media outlets for reporting on sex charges against him present a mixed bag.  In Huon v. Breaking Media et al., a federal judge in Chicago dismissed the attorney’s claims against Gawker Media, publisher … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Google Removes Search Results After EU’s “Right to be Forgotten” Ruling

Google has started to remove individuals’ search results from its European websites due to the “right to be forgotten” ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last month. Within weeks of the ECJ’s ruling, Google has already received more … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Court Rejects Porn Troll; Jury Still out on Troll Porn

A federal appellate court rebuffed an attempt by a “porno-trolling collective” to obtain identifying information regarding hundreds of individuals who may have downloaded copyrighted adult films. The plaintiff purchases copyrights in pornographic films and then issues subpoenas to internet service … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Property, Online Media & Cyberlaw | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Appellate Court Allows Google Street View Class Action to Proceed

A federal appellate court declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit against Google alleging that it violated the Federal Wiretap Act and similar state laws by collecting unencrypted Wi-Fi data while gathering images for Street View. Between 2007 and 2010, Google’s … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Instagram Reverses Revised Privacy Policy; Court Sides With Twitpic Photog

The Chicago Sun-Times explains Instagram’s recent revisions to its privacy policy, which the popular photo-sharing service scaled back after last month’s changes led to user backlash, prominently featuring Kim Kardashian and her loyal followers.  After Instagram was acquired by Facebook, … Continue reading

Posted in Online Media & Cyberlaw, Privacy & Defamation | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Illinois Laws Affect Online Privacy

Recently enacted Illinois laws are intended to protect the online privacy of both public and private employees in the state. The Judicial Privacy Improvement Act (JPIA) is a legislative response to the 2005 shootings of relatives of a federal judge … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Prosecutors Entitled to Occupy Protester’s Twitter Account

In a hashtag-heavy opinion, a New York judge “#denied” an Occupy Wall Street protester’s motion to quash a subpoena to Twitter for his account records. Twitter informed the protester, Malcolm Harris, upon receiving the subpoena and, once he filed his … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maryland Takes Lead in Banning Employers from Demanding FB Access

Maryland recently became the first state to ban employers from requiring prospective employees to let them access their social media accounts.  The law was passed in response to protests after the state demanded corrections officers’ social media passwords to search … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Court Dismisses Privacy Complaint Against LinkedIn

A class action complaint against LinkedIn claiming the site shared user information with third-party advertisers has been dismissed for lack of sufficient injury to satisfy the federal “case or controversy” requirement for jurisdiction.  The complaint alleged that LinkedIn’s “cookies” allowed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Actress Sues IMDb for Revealing Age

An anonymous actress has sued Amazon and its subsidiary film site, IMDb.com, claiming they used her credit card information to obtain and publish her age (she is about 40).   She claims she suffered a “double-whammy” because filmmakers won’t let her … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment