• FCC's New Privacy Proposal: ISPs Must Obtain Opt-In Consent To Target People Based On Web Browsing History

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has refined his proposal for broadband privacy rules, but the new plan could still restrict providers' ability to send targeted ads to subscribers.

    The new proposal calls for Internet service providers to obtain users' affirmative consent before using data about their "sensitive" activity for ad targeting purposes. The FCC is defining sensitive to include broad array of material, including not only geo-location information, health information, financial information and social security numbers, but also Web browsing history, app usage history and contents of communications (like the text of emails).

    Currently, the ad industry doesn't ...

  • FCC Chairman Circulates Order Approving Charter-Time Warner Merger
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated an order approving Charter's merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
  • FCC Chairman Wants Broadband Providers To Obtain Consumers' Permission For Online Behavioral Advertising

    Internet service providers would have to obtain consumers' opt-in consent before sending them targeted ads based on their Web-surfing activity, under a proposal unveiled today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler .

    "Every broadband consumer should have the right to know what information is being collected and how it is used," Wheeler said Thursday in a piece published on the Huffington Post. "Every broadband consumer should have the right to choose how their information bits are should be used and shared."

    "This is not to say network providers shouldn’t be able to use information they collect ...

  • FCC Fines Verizon $1.35 Million For Tracking Mobile Users With 'Supercookies'
    Verizon has agreed to settle a Federal Communications Commission probe by paying a $1.35 million fine for using "supercookies" to track mobile customers for ad-targeting purposes.
  • Yahoo Settles Email Privacy Lawsuit
    Yahoo has agreed to revise some of the language in its privacy policies in order to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that it wrongly scans email messages for advertising purposes, according to court papers filed on Thursday.
  • Report: PubMatic Lays Off 100 Employees
    PubMatic, the sell-side platform, has sacked more than 100 employees, according to a published report on AdExchanger.
  • Appeals Court Revives Safari-Hack Lawsuit Against Google
    In a blow to Google, a federal appellate court has revived a lawsuit accusing the company of violating Safari users' privacy by circumventing their no-tracking settings.
  • Court Reverses Itself, Says Amazon's Search Results Don't Infringe Trademark

    Amazon doesn't infringe watch manufacturer Multi-Time Machine's trademark by returning links to different brands, like Luminox and Chase-Durer, in response to searches for Multi-Time Machine, a divided panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Wednesday.

    The decision reversed an earlier appellate ruling in the same case. That earlier ruling, issued in July, said Amazon potentially infringed trademark by causing so-called "initial interest confusion," which the judges described as confusion that "creates initial interest in a competitor's product."

    The tech companies Google, Google, Twitter, Pinterest, eBay and Yahoo criticized the earlier decision, arguing that Amazon shouldn't have to ...

  • Google Book Scanning Project Protected By Fair Use, Appeals Court Says
    Handing Google a victory, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday that the company's book scanning project is protected by fair use principles
  • TVEyes Infringes Copyright By Letting Users Download Clips, Judge Rules
    Handing television monitoring company TVEyes a partial defeat, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the service infringes copyright by letting its subscribers download clips.
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