The Circuitous International Travel of Your Data (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Marketa Trimble Most Internet users probably do not know where their online data (aka “cloud data”) reside. Even fewer users likely have any idea of the paths over which their data travel. It is not difficult to picture…

Facebook Defeats Pro Se Consumer Privacy Suit–Hassan v. Facebook

This is a pro se privacy lawsuit by 4 longtime Facebook users (from 2007-09). It covers a lot of the same topics as the dozens of pending privacy class action lawsuits against Facebook. Not surprisingly, as a pro se suit,…

1H 2019 Quick Links, Part 6 (Privacy, E-Commerce, & More)

Privacy * Gullen v. Facebook, Inc., 2019 WL 2486566 (9th Cir. June 14, 2019): No reasonable jury could conclude that Facebook subjected the photo uploaded to the Glenview Patch organizational Facebook page (which is the only photo at issue in this appeal) to…

A Recap of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Amending the California Consumer Privacy Act (Guest Blog Post)

A Recap of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Amending the California Consumer Privacy Act (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Tanya Forsheit, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC [Eric’s note: it takes super-human dedication to watch a 12+ hour hearing on CCPA amendments. Though I’m willing to do a lot for blog readers, I didn’t have that level…

Court Declines to Dismiss Data Breach Claims Against Facebook Based on Access Token Incident--Bass v. Facebook

Court Declines to Dismiss Data Breach Claims Against Facebook Based on Access Token Incident–Bass v. Facebook

This is a data breach lawsuit against Facebook. Judge Alsup denies Facebook’s motion to dismiss, although he does find that Facebook’s contract disclaimer (likely) neutralizes numerous contract-based claims. Background: Facebook announced a vulnerability that allowed third parties to obtain “access…

Want Companies to Comply with the CCPA? Delay Its Effective Date (Guest Blog Post)

Want Companies to Comply with the CCPA? Delay Its Effective Date (Guest Blog Post)

By guest blogger Jeff Kosseff [Jeff Kosseff is an assistant professor in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department.  The views expressed are only his and do not represent the Naval Academy, Department of Navy, or Department of Defense. …

New Paper Announcement: “Copyright’s Memory Hole”

I’m pleased to announce a new paper, “Copyright’s Memory Hole,” co-authored with Northeastern Law professor Jessica Silbey. The paper is still in draft form, and Jessica and I plan to do a major edit to the paper this summer. So…

Post-Charlottesville Doxxing and Misidentification Creates Legal Risks--Vangheluwe v. GotNews

Post-Charlottesville Doxxing and Misidentification Creates Legal Risks–Vangheluwe v. GotNews

This is a lawsuit brought by former owners of a car who were incorrectly identified as the driver of the vehicle (and his father, respectively) who ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Charlottesville. In the wake of the planned…

Top Internet Law Developments of 2018

My schedule tends to get busy around each new year, so my year-end recaps keep coming later and later. I hope it’s better late than never. It’s been a rough year for Internet law. As I tweeted in June: When…

Recap of the California Assembly Hearing on the California Consumer Privacy Act

Recap of the California Assembly Hearing on the California Consumer Privacy Act

Yesterday, the California Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection held a hearing on the California Consumer Privacy Act. I believe this is the first legislative hearing ever on the law. The initial passage took place in a frenetic week,…