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Posted 1 year ago in Internet Law by Josh Crank  
Spammers Hit With $1.6M Damages After Ditching Court

A small Internet service provider (ISP) won a default judgment and a hefty $1.6 million in damages after establishing that it was harmed by a campaign of spam emails. The defendant, Better Broadcasting, never responded to the lawsuit or appeared in court to defend itself. Utah-based ZooBuh, Inc., which provides email, chat and blogging services to about 35,000 customers, sued Better Broadcasting in 2011 for allegedly inundating ZooBuh and its users with at least 13,453 unsolicited emails. ZooBuh relied on …

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Google Accused of Sharing Users’ Private Info

After all of the trouble Google has encountered in its attempts to monetize its users’ information, you would think the company had learned its lesson. Think again – consumer groups are angry that Google has reportedly been improperly sharing app purchasers’ info with third-party developers.   ‘Play’ For Keeps Third-party developers of applications made to run on Android phones and tablets sell their products through Google’s app store, Google Play. Google stores users’ purchasing information through its Wallet program, allowing …

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Your Salary Information Can Be Sold to Debt Collectors

Think your salary is a closely kept secret between you, your boss and your tax attorney? Think again. Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting companies, has created a massive database that contains workers’ salaries and employment information — some of which is sold to debt collectors, according to an NBC News report. The personal disclosures come through the Work Number, an Equifax company that solicits employers for human resources information like employment history, compensation and other data. The …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Google Pays $22.5 Million for Violating Users’ Privacy

After violating a 2011 privacy settlement it had made with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Google has been ordered to pay a $22.5 million fine over its use of cookies on users of Apple’s  Safari web browser. The FTC dragged Google back to court after discovering that despite promises to the contrary, it had not given Safari users a way to opt out of its policy of using information gathered via cookies to target ads at them. Safari is used …

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Posted 2 years ago in Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Facebook’s Privacy Policy Was a Lie Says the FTC

As anyone who’s ever used Facebook knows, it’s not exactly a bastion of the private: Users voluntarily cough up unbelievable amounts of personal information about themselves on a daily basis. Everyone has read a post by a friend and thought, “I would never put that on Facebook!” But when it comes to what Facebook itself does with all that information, it’s a whole other ball game, and now the feds are watching. Facebook settled charges on August 10 brought by …

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