9th Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims Against Netflix For Intra-Household Disclosures

9th Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims Against Netflix For Intra-Household Disclosures

Plaintiffs sued Netflix under the Video Privacy Protection Act for Netflix’s display of a subscriber’s queue and recommendation list on televisions connected to the subscriber’s account. In other words, if a household is sitting around in front of a television that accesses someone’s…

Seventh Circuit: Data Breach Victims Have Standing Based on Future Harm

Seventh Circuit: Data Breach Victims Have Standing Based on Future Harm

Plaintiffs sued Neiman Marcus on behalf of a putative class alleging claims arising out of a 2013 data breach. Neiman Marcus informed its customers (in 2014) that an attack had occurred and 350,000 cards had been exposed. Neiman Marcus first…

Q2 2015 Quick Links, Part 2 (Censorship and More)

Q2 2015 Quick Links, Part 2 (Censorship and More)

Content Regulation * Oxera: The economic impact of safe harbours on Internet intermediary start-ups * South Korea is mandating that all cellphones sold to minors have an app called “Smart Sheriff” that censors their online experience. What could possibly go…

eBay Must Disclose User Identities In Response To 512(h) Subpoenas

eBay Must Disclose User Identities In Response To 512(h) Subpoenas

Barry Rosen is a photographer (especially of dogs) and repeat copyright enforcer (see, e.g., our previous coverage of his litigation here and here). His lawsuit against eBay produced an interesting 512 safe harbor ruling earlier this year. Meanwhile, eBay and…

LinkedIn's “Reference Search” Service Doesn't Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act--Sweet v. LinkedIn

LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Service Doesn’t Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act–Sweet v. LinkedIn

Plaintiffs alleged that potential employers found references about them through LinkedIn’s Reference Searches functions, they were denied employment as a result, and thus LinkedIn violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. LinkedIn users, including prospective employers, generally can search LinkedIn user…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 3 (Facebook)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 3 (Facebook)

* AP: Facebook Tells DEA To Stop Operating Fake Profile Pages. Really, that even needs to be said??? Facebook’s letter. WSJ Law Blog: U.S. to Pay Woman $134,000 for Impersonating Her on Facebook * What do people mean when they “like”…

Company's Social Media Accounts Transferred in Bankruptcy

Company’s Social Media Accounts Transferred in Bankruptcy

This case addresses whether social media accounts used in connection with a business become property of the bankruptcy estate. The debtor, known as “Tactical Firearms,” was formed by Jeremy Alcede. Originally it was owned by Alcede and his then-wife, but…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 1 (Privacy/Security)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 1 (Privacy/Security)

Sony * Fusion: The Sony Pictures Hack Included Many Employees’ Detailed Medical Information * WaPo: The cyberattack on Sony Pictures made employees collateral damage * Fusion: More from the Sony Pictures Hack: Budgets, Layoffs, HR Scripts and 3,800 Social Security Numbers…

In IMDb Privacy Case, 9th Circuit Rejects Hoang’s Appeal

In IMDb Privacy Case, 9th Circuit Rejects Hoang’s Appeal

Hoang alleged that IMDb improperly used her personal information to find out her real age and published her real age on its website. She argued that this harmed her employment prospects in the industry. The jury ruled for IMDb. Hoang…

'Deactivated' Facebook Account Is Discoverable In Litigation (Forbes Cross-Post)

‘Deactivated’ Facebook Account Is Discoverable In Litigation (Forbes Cross-Post)

Brannon Crowe injured his knee. He says it happened at work, so he sued his employer. Based on a Facebook message Crowe allegedly sent to a friend, his employer thinks Crowe suffered the injury on a personal fishing trip. The…