The Danish Data Protection Authority is investigating whether the country's privacy laws were violated when two Danish students posted data about 70,000 OkCupid users, including their sexual preferences and usernames. The students scraped the site to collect the data and published it without attempting to anonymize the information.
The Newspaper Association of America alleges in an FTC complaint that some ad blocking companies are engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices. The NAA is seeking a probe of paid whitelisting -- which lets advertisers pay to unblock their ads. The organization also alleges that some ad blockers allow users to circumvent digital subscription requirements.
Some doctors, dentists and other health care professionals are sharing details about patients' conditions in order to rebut bad reviews on sites like Yelp, Vitals and RateMD, Pro Publica reports. Doing so may violate a federal patient privacy law that forbids medical personnel from disclosing patients' health data without their consent.
eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar is rallying support for Gawker in its appeal of the $140 million judgment awarded to Hulk Hogan for invasion of privacy. Hogan's lawsuit was funded by billionaire and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Omidyar's First Look Media is reaching out to other media organizations to file friend-of-the-court briefs in support of Gawker.
The FBI raided the home of dental computer technician and software security researcher Justin Shafer, who discovered private patient data in a publicly available File Transfer Protocol server. The server was operated by the team behind Eaglesoft, a dental practice management software. Shafer is now facing the possibility of prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for allegedly accessing material that that was publicly available online.
PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has confirmed reports that he financed Hulk Hogan’s legal battle against Gawker Media. But, while he didn’t like having his sexuality exposed by the gossip site, Thiel now says that his motivations go beyond revenge. “It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence,” he tells The New York Times. “I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.”
By funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel "gave the world a master class in how a billionaire can achieve enormous ends with a relatively modest investment," writes Felix Salmon at Fusion. "If Thiel’s strategy works against Gawker, it could be used by any billionaire against anymedia organization. Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump, the list goes on and on.... Thiel has shown them how to go thermonuclear: bankroll other lawsuits, as many as it takes, and bankrupt the news organization that way."
Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, secretly bankrolled Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, Forbes reports. Thiel, who is gay, has criticized Gawker for years, apparently because the site attempted to out him as gay before he was open about his sexuality.
AT&T's new data caps, announced in March
, took effect this week. The company's U-Verse customers now face caps ranging from 300 GB a month to 1 TB a month, depending on their plans. U-Verse customers can avoid the caps by signing up for DirecTV.
Mobile phone users in the U.S. consumed 9.65 billion GB of data last year, according to the mobile trade group CTIA. Consumers also sent 156.7 billion text messages per month last year, down from 187.7 billion per month in 2010.