• Facebook's Latest Privacy Flub: Letting App Developers Access Users' Contact Info
    Once again, Facebook is rolling out a new feature that seems all but destined to pose privacy problems. Late last week, Facebook announced on its blog that it will make users' addresses and cell phone numbers available to app developers who want that information.
  • Key Critic Of Net Neutrality Won't Seek Reelection
    One of the Senate's most prominent critic of net neutrality rules, Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), announced today she will not seek reelection when her term ends in 2012.
  • Wireless Carrier's 'Pro-Consumer' Plan Still Discriminates
    It's only been three weeks since the Federal Communications Commission voted to enact net neutrality regulations and already one company, wireless carrier MetroPCS, faces accusations of violating them.
  • One Step For Privacy: Adobe To Develop Product To Delete Flash Cookies
    In a move aimed at improving users' ability to control their online privacy, Adobe announced today that it is working with browser companies to enable users to delete Flash cookies directly from their browsers. Adobe additionally said it is planning to redesign the Flash Player to simplify privacy settings.
  • Museum Sues Photog For Posting Photos Of Art On Flickr
    The World Erotic Art Museum in Miami has sued photographer Thomas Hawk for $2 million for posting some pictures he took of the museum's art to his Flickr account, Hawk reported this afternoon. In a complaint filed Monday in federal district court in the Southern District of Florida, the museum alleges Hawk is engaged in unfair competition -- even though Hawk says he isn't selling the pictures.
  • Music Labels To Face Price-Fixing Lawsuit
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way today for a class-action price-fixing lawsuit against the four major record labels to proceed to trial. The lawsuit, originally brought by consumers five years ago, alleges that the labels conspired to set artificially high prices for digital music. Specifically, the consumers complained about the label-run subscri
  • Is Your ISP Blocking Traffic? FCC Seeks Tools To Tell
    It's not yet clear whether the Federal Communications Commission's recent vote to enact neutrality rules will hold up in court. But the agency isn't waiting for court approval for at least one portion of its neutrality order: the requirement that broadband providers offer users transparency. This week, the FCC announced a contestto create new software tools that will give consumers more information about their Internet access services.
  • Study: Do Americans Really Not Support FCC Neutrality Rules?
    Shortly after the Federal Communications Commission voted to enact neutrality regulations, Rasmussen Reports released poll results supposedly showing that only one in five Americans support such rules. But the poll's wording raises doubt about that conclusion. Consider, researchers posed the following question to 1,000 respondents: Should the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet like it does radio and television? Only 21% said yes, while 54% said no and 25% weren't sure. The problem, however, is that the FCC's neutrality regulations aren't comparable to its rules regarding TV or radio licenses.
  • EFF Speaks Out Against $675K File-Sharing Damages
    Boston grad student and file-sharing defendant Joel Tenenbaum has garnered support from the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is backing his argument that a six-figure damage award for sharing music is unconstitutional.
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer Settles With Judge It Unmasked
    One of the most unusual privacy-related cases of the last year pitted Shirley Strickland Saffold, a sitting judge in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, against the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which allegedly unmasked her as a prolific anonymous commenter.
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