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Will the Supreme Court rely on a 1979 case (think 18,134 Internet years) for Internet/cellphone privacy in 2017?

On November 29th the US Supreme Court will consider the case of US v. Carpenter where “police acquired the data from Carpenter’s wireless carriers without a warrant showing probable cause”  which led to Timothy Carpenter’s conviction that he was  “leading a gang of robbers” and the “prosecution produced cellphone-tower data that tracked the whereabouts of Carpenter’s … Continue reading this entry

New law may require Google and Facebook to disclose political advertising

The New York Times reported about a new “bill would require internet companies to provide information to the election commission about who is paying for online ads.” The October 19, 2017 report entitled “Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes” included these comments: Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday … Continue reading this entry

Yelp “not guilty”for 1 star review which led to a loss of 95% of locksmith’s business

The 9th Circuit ruled that Yelp was immune from content under the 1996 Communications Decency Act (DCA) which “immunizes providers of interactive computer services against liability arising from content created by third parties.” On September 12, 2016 in the case of Kimzey v. Yelp the court ruled that: Yelp fell under the Communications Decency Act’s grant … Continue reading this entry

Microsoft contempt ruling overturned for failing to produce emails in Ireland!

In 1986 Congress passed the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to control telephone records long before the Internet we know today, but the SCA is the main law that Internet companies rely to protect users’ content and in 1986 in passing the SCA “Congress focused on providing basic safeguards for the privacy of domestic users.” Nonetheless … Continue reading this entry

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

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 this entry

Cybersmear - the Skank Blogger Plans to Sue Google for $15m for Disclosing Her Identity

A recent ruling about an alleged anonymous slanderous blogs about a New York City model made it to the front page of every news media on the Internet when a New York City Judge ruled that Google had to identify the name of the person who ran the blog called “Skanks of NYC.” When Liskula … Continue reading this entry

First Amendment for Anonymous Bloggers

A recent story in the New York Times should send chills down the spines of anonymous bloggers since apparently prosecutors in New York issued a grand jury subpoena to help identify of certain people blogging on a website called Room 8. On the face of the subpoena in capital letters there was a warning that … Continue reading this entry