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Challenge to Uber’s Customer Privacy Policies Including its “God view”

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Senate Al Franken asked Uber for clarification about an apparent “troubling disregard for customers’ privacy, including the need to protect their sensitive geolocation data.”  On November 19, 2014 Senator Franken sent a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about a tool known as “God view” which is: … “widely available to most Uber corporate employees” … Continue Reading

Does P.F. Chang’s Have Cyber Insurance? Because the GCL Carrier Won’t Pay for Cyber Intrusions

Posted in eCommerce
A recent lawsuit by Travelers “that it is not obligated to defend or indemnify P.F. Chang’s under Commercial General Liability [GCL] insurance policies issued by Travelers.” Travelers alleged that among things P.F. Chang’s has “separate cyber liability insurance policy that Travelers did not issue” in its Declaratory Judgment Complaint  filed on October 2, 2014 in the US District … Continue Reading

Supercookies Are Tracking +100 Million Cell Users, But Are Any Privacy Laws Being Violated?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Privacy advocates claim that Verizon is “silently modifying its users’ web traffic on its network to inject a cookie-like tracker… sent to every unencrypted website a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device.” According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Verizon’s “tracker, included in an HTTP header called X-UIDH” and the EFF explains how the … Continue Reading

LinkedIn Allegedly Violates Federal Law by Making Employment History Available

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A new class action lawsuit alleges that on LinkedIn “any potential employer can anonymously dig into the employment history of any LinkedIn member, and make hiring and firing decisions based upon the information they gather, without the knowledge of the member, and without any safeguards in place as to the accuracy of the information that … Continue Reading

40 Count Indictment Against Cybercriminal for Stealing Credit Cards and Offering Online Tutorials

Posted in eCommerce
A Russian cybercriminal allegedly “was a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers, and even created a website offering a tutorial on how to use stolen credit card numbers to commit crime.”  According to an October 9, 2014 Department of Justice (DOJ) Press Release that Roman Valerevich Seleznev, aka “Track2,” 30, of Vladivostok, … Continue Reading

$100+ Million Lawsuit Threat to Google Over Celebrity Pictures

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A demand letter reminded Google of its corporate motto “Don’t be evil,” alleged that Google is making “millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” and that “it is time that Google owns up to its conduct and remedies this gross violation of law, ethics, moral and basic privacy rights.”  The October 1, 2014 letter … Continue Reading

Privacy Policy Challenge: Google Ordered to Cease Data Profiling in Germany

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent administrative order was issued for Google to “to take the necessary technical and organisational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling.” Last week the Hamburg Commissioner of Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) ordered that Google is … Continue Reading

Bitcoin Company Shutdown for Failing to Deliver Bitcoin Mining Computers

Posted in eCommerce
Based on the FTC’s request, a judge enjoined Butterfly Labs from marketing “BitForce” which were “specialized computers designed to produce Bitcoins, a payment system sometimes referred to as “virtual currency.”” According to the FTC’s complaint,” as of September 2013, more than 20,000 consumers had not received the computers they had purchased.”  So on September 18, … Continue Reading

2 Courts Permit Defendants to be Served on Facebook

Posted in eCommerce
When the defendants could not otherwise be located and served by paper, face-to-face, two Judges ordered service on Facebook since the defendants were in Turkey and Antigua.  Since Turkey “has not specifically objected to service by email or social media networking sites which are not explicitly listed as means of service” on February 20, 2014, … Continue Reading

3 IoT (Internet of Things) Cyber Threats to Privacy in Your Home That Might Surprise You

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Most people freely attach devices to the Internet throughout their home without contemplating any privacy risk, but a recent home inspection of “network-attached storages (NAS), Smart TVs, router, Blu-ray player” by Kaspersky Lab security analyst David Jacoby proved otherwise.  As a result of this inspection a report was issued entitled “Hacking a Living Room: Kaspersky … Continue Reading

John Doe Can Remain Anonymous and Not Be Deposed in Pre-Litigation Discovery

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Since the plaintiff did not a file a lawsuit against John Doe, the Texas trial court had no jurisdiction to allow the plaintiff to take the deposition of “Trooper,” an anonymous blogger who launched on on-line attack on the CEO of a company who lives in Houston. In the case of In Re John Doe … Continue Reading

9 Common Reasons Cloud Systems Crash: Things to Remember When Negotiating Cloud Contracts

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
My 2011 eCommerce Times column “Cloud Computing – New Buzzword, Old Legal Issues” reminded many folks that “the technology concept behind cloud computing has been around for more than 50 years, and the legal issues are equally old.”  Obviously the reasons Cloud systems crash are equally old news, so it would be wise to negotiate … Continue Reading

$19 Million Settlement for Droid App Charges between Google and FTC

Posted in eCommerce
Unsuspecting children downloaded apps from the Google Play store with “unlimited in-app charges without Google requiring entry of a password or other account holder involvement to obtain the account holder’s consent before the charges were incurred” according to FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Chair Edith Ramirez.  On September 4, 2014 the settlement between Google and the … Continue Reading

5 Reasons to Read “Big Data Analytics for Dummies”

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
Wikipedia describes “Big Data” as a broad term “for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand data management tools or traditional data processing applications.”  Forbes identified these “5 Things Managers Should Know About The Big Data Economy” which are great reasons to read IBM’s Dummies … Continue Reading

VIDEO: Cyberethics in the Work Place

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Wikipedia describes cyberethics as “the philosophic study of ethics pertaining to computers, encompassing user behavior and what computers are programmed to do, and how this affects individuals and society.”  To learn more about cyberethics in business, please watch my recent video entitled “CyberEthics: A Growing Business Challenge.” The video interview by Financial Management Network (& … Continue Reading

“BYOD Bill of Rights” May Help Concerns about Privacy

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent survey about BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) resulted in the finding that “78% of employees use their own mobile devices for work” and “the use of personal technology to access corporate data can be solved by better communication between both parties regarding security, data and privacy concerns.”  On July 10, 2014 Webroot issued its … Continue Reading

“How to Stop Malware” – Strategies and Tools of Cyber Criminals

Posted in eCommerce
Dell’s “Anatomy of a cyber-attack” focuses on malware because malware “comes in various forms, some more nefarious than others, ranging from annoying sales pitches to potentially business-devastating assaults.”  This “how to” report from Dell makes the point that you “need to understand the enemy before you can defeat them” and includes these Attack Steps: Attack … Continue Reading

8 Issues of Cyber Insecurity which Lead to Cybercrime

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
A recent report concluded that the “cybersecurity programs of US organizations do not rival the persistence, tactical skills, and technological prowess of their potential cyber adversaries. Today, common criminals, organized crime rings, and nation-states leverage sophisticated techniques to launch attacks that are highly targeted and very difficult to detect. Particularly worrisome are attacks by tremendously … Continue Reading