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  • Uber Faces Privacy Questions From Capitol Hill in Online Media Daily on 11/20/2014

    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has asked Uber's CEO to clarify the company's privacy practices, including how it uses the "God view" tool, which reportedly allows employees to track the precise locations of passengers who are using the car service.

  • Under Fire, Uber Promises To Protect Riders' Privacy in Daily Online Examiner on 11/19/2014

    Faced with mounting concerns about its practices, Uber this week publicly posted its privacy policy. Reportedly, Uber hadn't previously disclosed its privacy policy -- which is curious in itself, given that the company holds the type of information that nearly everyone agrees is sensitive: users' precise location history and credit card numbers. The company's move comes the same week that a journalist reported that the company tracked her whereabouts while she took an Uber car to the company's Long Island City office.

  • Google Defeats Challenge To Search Results, Ad Policies in Daily Online Examiner on 11/18/2014

    Back in 2006, when the listings site Kinderstart found itself excluded from Google's organic search results, the site filed a federal lawsuit against the search company. In 2007, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel not only threw out the case, but ordered Kinderstart's lawyer to pay Google $7,500 in sanctions. Last week, Google once again defeated a challenge to its practices.

  • Cybersecurity Battle Between FTC And Wyndham Goes To Mediation in Online Media Daily on 11/18/2014

    A high-profile dispute between Wyndham Hotels and the Federal Trade Commission is heading to mediation, according to new legal papers. If a deal is forged, the closely watched battle could be resolved before an appeals court decides the central, hotly debated issue -- whether the FTC exceeded its authority by charging Wyndham with "unfairly" handling consumers' data.

  • Verizon Escapes FTC Charges For Outdated WiFi Security in Online Media Daily on 11/19/2014

    For years, Verizon shipped WiFi routers that defaulted to an outdated encryption protocol, potentially exposing customers' data to hackers, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Specifically, Verizon used to ship potentially problematic routers to DSL and FiOS home broadband subscribers.

  • Correction: TRUSTe Allegedly Failed To Conduct Annual Recertifications In 1,000 Instances in Online Media Daily on 11/18/2014

    The article "TRUSTe Settles Charges That It Misrepresented Practices," incorrectly reported that the FTC alleged that TRUSTe failed to conduct annual recertifications for around 1,000 companies between 2006 and 2013.

  • Car Industry's New Code Requires Drivers' Consent To Share Location Data in Daily Online Examiner on 11/17/2014

    Car manufacturers won't be able to provide precise geolocations for automobiles to marketers without drivers' opt-in consent under a new privacy code adopted by the industry.

  • TRUSTe Settles Charges That It Misrepresented Practices in Online Media Daily on 11/17/2014

    The Federal Trade Commission has charged privacy compliance company TRUSTe with misrepresenting its practices to consumers. The company agreed to settle the charges by promising that it won't misrepresent its practices in the future -- including how often it re-certifies clients. TRUSTe also agreed to pay $200,000 to the FTC.

  • CNN Wants Video Privacy Case Thrown Out in Online Media Daily on 11/17/2014

    CNN is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company's iPhone app violates a federal privacy law by sending information about users' devices to the analytics company Bango. The company argues in papers filed on Friday that any information transmitted to Bango is "anonymous" and doesn't personally identify users.

  • FCC Questions AT&T About Threat To Delay Fiber Rollout  in Daily Online Examiner on 11/14/2014

    Net neutrality advocates have spent the better part of this year urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a "telecommunications" service. That push gained significant momentum this week, after President Barack Obama called on the agency to declare that broadband will be regulated as a utility -- a move that many observers think is necessary in order for the agency to pass the kinds of net neutrality regulations that would prohibit companies from creating paid fast lanes. The FCC hasn't yet said what it intends to do, but Internet service providers are wasting no time making clear that they oppose reclassifying broadband.

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