Tag Archives: Google


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 Criminal Law Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Juror Faces Jail Time for Googling Defendant

Judges are struggling to control the flow of social media into their courtrooms. One Florida judge, burned already by jurors whose violations of his orders not to talk about or research cases have caused mistrials and other disruptions, may be sending a juror to jail. Vishnu Singh was a juror in a capital murder trial in Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente’s courtroom until Oct. 10, when Judge Fuente discovered that Singh had Googled the defendant on a break, violating his …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Google Refuses to Unlock Pimp’s Phone for FBI

Joining other social media companies that are watching as their users’ privacy rights are gradually whittled away, Google is standing up to the growing trend of government attempts to go through third-party social media companies to get to users’ information. Google is reportedly challenging the legality of a search warrant the FBI served on the company earlier this year in an effort to crack the Android phone of Dante Dears, a man who was running a prostitution business on his …

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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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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Courtney Sherwood  
Child Sex Assault Conviction Tossed Because of Juror’s Web Use

A man convicted of child sexual abuse may walk free because someone else spent a few minutes  on Google. Ali M. Abdi was convicted of aggravated sexual assault for touching and raping his then-9-year-old niece in 2006. But one of Abdi’s jurors went online to research his Somalian culture and religion before the trial was over, and used what he found as “information to interpret facts in evidence,” according to court documents. That outside research prevented Abdi from having a …

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