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Challenges to EU ‘right to be forgotten’ Implementation

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Approximately “91,000 requests” to be forgotten have been submitted to Google since the May 2014 EU European Court of Justice ruling which has led to “a total of 328,000 links that applicants wanted taken down” according to a BBC news report.   The report went to say that Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ statistics so far are: Approved … Continue Reading

Google Ordered to Produce All Content for xxxxxx@gmail.com in Criminal Investigation

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
As part of an “investigation of possible conspiracy to commit money laundering” a Judge stated that he perceives “no constitutionally significant difference between the searches of hard drives… and searches of email accounts.”  On July 18, 2014 Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein (US District Court, Southern District of New York) issued a Memorandum Opinion In … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity for Dummies

Posted in eCommerce
This Dummies handbook describes how “APTs (advanced persistent threats) have changed the world of enterprise security and how networks and organizations are attacked” and includes “an in-depth examination of real-world attacks and APTs, the shortcomings of legacy security solutions, the capabilities of next-generation firewalls, and security best practices.”  Palo Alto Networks released its handbook which … Continue Reading

Special Masters Have an Important Role in Litigation

Posted in E-Discovery, eCommerce
I am honored to be a member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM) which provides the advantages that Special Masters “…can monitor discovery and resolve time-consuming disputes; they can help with the growing burden on courts caused by electronically stored information (ESI) discovery problems; they can be assigned trial duties…; they can administer settlement … Continue Reading

Court Allows FTC to Challenge Hotel’s Alleged Failure to Protect Consumer Personal Information

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Wyndham hotels failed to persuade a Judge to dismiss the 2012 suit filed by the FTC “for alleged data security failures that led to three data breaches at Wyndham hotels in less than two years…that led to fraudulent charges on consumers’ accounts, millions of dollars in fraud loss, and the export of hundreds of thousands of … Continue Reading

Big Data Controlled by Data Brokers: Privacy Challenge by the FTC

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission recommended that Congress regulate data brokers because they “collect consumers’ personal information and resell or share that information with others—are important participants in this Big Data economy.” The FTC report issued on May 27, 2014 is entitled “Data Brokers – A call for Transparency and Accountability” included the following characteristics of … Continue Reading

5 Chinese Military Hackers Indicted for Cybercrimes

Posted in eCommerce
The US filed charges against 5 “officers in Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)” and declared that “Cyber theft is real theft and we will hold state sponsored cyber thieves accountable as we would any other transnational criminal organization that steals our goods and breaks our laws.” The … Continue Reading

Big Data: The White House Makes 5 Recommendations to Assure Privacy

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A White House Panel “calls on Congress to pass a national data-breach notification law and provide new warrant protection for stored emails” as reported by Computerworld.  The May 1, 2014 White House Report entitled “BIG DATA: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” also  “called on Congress to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require law … Continue Reading

California Over Protective of Technology as California Senate Rejects Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Law

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A proposed law “which would render a smartphone useless after it was stolen — on all smartphones sold in California” failed in the Senate because of fear “that businesses might feel that California was being overly strict about regulating technology, which could discourage tech companies from doing business there” as reported in the New York … Continue Reading

Internet of Things (IoT) is Transforming Internet Security

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
IoT  means “potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas as diverse as factory optimization, car maintenance, or simply keeping track of your stuff online” as reported in MIT Technology Review.  The IoT allows Internet communications with unique objects using Radio-frequency identification (RFID), QR codes, … Continue Reading

9 Problems with Big Data

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
There may be too many headlines about “combining the power of modern computing with the plentiful data of the digital era, it promises to solve virtually any problem — crime, public health, the evolution of grammar, the perils of dating — just by crunching the numbers” as opined in the New York Times.  This opinion … Continue Reading

New Federal Rules Require Banks to Fight DDoS

Posted in eCommerce
US Banks and financial institutions “must now monitor for”” DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) “attacks against their networks and have a plan in place to try and mitigate against such attacks” as reported by Infoweek.  The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued a “Joint Statement – Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Cyber-Attacks, Risk Mitigation, and Additional Resources” which … Continue Reading

Google Wins! No Class Action Suit for Monetizing Gmail Content

Posted in eCommerce
A court ruled that Gmail users consented to Google’s monetization of Gmail content ended the class action lawsuit since “consent must be litigated on an individual, rather than class-wide basis.”  The class action suit filed in 2011 In Re Google Gmail Litigation was dismissed “with prejudice,” which means the plaintiffs cannot revise its complaint with … Continue Reading

Predicting the Future – Digital Life in 2025

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
Pew reported it canvassed “2,558 experts and technology builders” who “predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.” Included in the Report were my comments about education by 2025: The greatest social change between now and 2025 will be to raise the … Continue Reading

Google’s View of the Future of Internet Freedom

Posted in eCommerce
Over the next 10 years “approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet,” however in countries with the most severe censorship including “places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse” according to a NY Times Editorial written by Google.  The Editorial included these … Continue Reading