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Google Says Your Emails Aren’t Private

People who use non-Gmail accounts to email with a Google user have no expectation of privacy when it comes to the content of their messages, the tech behemoth argued in a recent court filing. The company was responding to a class action suit that accused it of violating wiretap laws by using the contents of emails to send targeted ads to people. Google filed a motion to dismiss the suit, asserting that content that passes through a third party loses …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Cops Can Read Your Text Messages Without a Warrant

An appeals court in Washington State on June 26 upheld the conviction of Jonathan Roden, the client of a drug dealer whose cell phone the police had seized and then used to entice Roden to arrange a meeting to buy more heroin. The detective initiated the text messaging after finding older texts that suggested he was a client. The Court of Appeals of Washington rejected Roden’s argument that the state’s use of his text messages on the dealer’s phone violated …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Guess What? You Don’t Own Your Tweets

NEWS UPDATE: See the story and video at Twitter Caves and Hands Over Protester’s Tweets to Avoid Fines. In what’s being called a case of first impression, a judge in Manhattan ruled on July 2 that Twitter must turn over some of the deleted Tweets of a user who was arrested in October 2011 during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. Prosecutors believe that Malcolm Harris was tweeting about an issue he is trying to use in his defense and that his …

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Posted 3 years ago in Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Are Your Social Media Accounts Really Private?

How private are your posts on Facebook and your tweets on Twitter? If you think the answer depends only on how you configure your privacy or security settings for your accounts, you might be in for a rude awakening – at least if you’re ever involved in a court case. Two recent cases illustrate that if you step into a courthouse – whether intentionally, as a plaintiff in a civil suit, or not so intentionally as a defendant or even …

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