[Ad] New Publication Announcement: Data Protection Law Reporter

[Ad] New Publication Announcement: Data Protection Law Reporter

[Eric's introductory note: I'm running this post as a paid ad for a new publication called the Data Protection Law Reporter. This is the first time I've run a paid post like this. Why have I made this special accommodation?...

The Spectacular Failure of Employee Social Media Privacy Laws

The Spectacular Failure of Employee Social Media Privacy Laws

[Eric's introductory note: this post has been sitting in the drafts folder since October. I had planned to convert it into a Forbes post, but that ambition instead caused the post to fester for 7 months. Numerous new state laws...

Hulu Unable to Shake Video Privacy Protection Act Claims

Hulu Unable to Shake Video Privacy Protection Act Claims

Plaintiffs were Hulu Plus subscribers who alleged that Hulu improperly disclosed their personal information to third parties (comScore and Facebook) in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act. On Hulu’s motion for summary judgment, the court grants it as to…

Disclosing Unique User IDs In URLs Doesn't Violate ECPA--In re Zynga/Facebook

Disclosing Unique User IDs In URLs Doesn’t Violate ECPA–In re Zynga/Facebook

In separate lawsuits, plaintiffs alleged Facebook and Zynga violated the Stored Communications Act (in Zynga’s case, also the Wiretap Act). The crux of plaintiffs’ allegations was that when a Facebook user clicked on an ad or a link, the HTTP…

Apple May Be Liable For Privacy Violations by Third Party Developed Apps

Apple May Be Liable For Privacy Violations by Third Party Developed Apps

There are so many privacy lawsuits around the iOS ecosystem that it’s tough to keep track of them all. This particular (consolidated) lawsuit involves privacy claims against Apple and also against various apps, including Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Facebook,…

Privacy Claims Based on LinkedIn’s Security Promises Survive Motion to Dismiss

Privacy Claims Based on LinkedIn’s Security Promises Survive Motion to Dismiss

This is a lawsuit filed in the wake of a widely reported data breach at LinkedIn. Plaintiffs alleged benefit-of-the-bargain type claims against LinkedIn, saying LinkedIn failed to live up to its security practices. The first time around, the court rejected…

Conviction for Cyberstalking & Revenge Porn Survives First Amendment Challenge

Conviction for Cyberstalking & Revenge Porn Survives First Amendment Challenge

There’s no way to look at what Shawn Sayer did and think that he should not suffer some criminal consequences. After breaking up with his girlfriend of a couple of years (Doe), he engaged in a vicious and ongoing campaign…

Another Attempt to Scrub Unflattering Posts Fails

Another Attempt to Scrub Unflattering Posts Fails

This is another social media defamation case. (Last week’s edition: Another Questionable IP Lawsuit Over a Derogatory Twitter Account.) Plaintiffs were husband and wife. One of the plaintiffs (Hassan Miah) was involved in a business dispute involving a business he founded…

Q1 2014 Quick Links, Part 2

Q1 2014 Quick Links, Part 2

Social Media * Collins v. Louisiana State Police, No. 13-412 (La. Ct. App. Oct. 23, 2013): a person’s online life depicted in social media is commonly not intended to reflect reality as much as it is intended to engender discourse. Therefore,…

Internet Law Professors File Amicus Brief in 'Innocence of Muslims' Case--Garcia v. Google

Internet Law Professors File Amicus Brief in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Case–Garcia v. Google

I’m sure you are familiar with Garcia v. Google, the copyright lawsuit against YouTube over the Innocence of Muslims video that led to a fatwa being issued against Garcia, an actress in the movie. In a truly awful opinion from…