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December 23, 2011

No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy on Facebook, Pa. Judge Says

November 25, 2011

Even without appellate case law in Pennsylvania to provide guidance on the discoverability of information on Facebook, the standard is becoming clear: Post at your own risk.

Three courts in this state have now decided that, if a party in a civil case posts information on his or her Facebook page, and that information appears to contradict statements in discovery or testimony, then the party’s Facebook page falls within the scope of discovery.

Source No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy on Facebook, Pa. Judge Says


Facebook Claims It Can Use Kids’ ‘Likes’ As it Likes, Wants Class Action Tossed

August 9, 2011

Facebook asked a federal judge to dismiss a class action accusing it of exploiting children, claiming that Facebook users’ “like” statements qualify as matters of public interest.
“Expressions of consumer opinion, such as the plaintiffs’ Like statements challenged here, have repeatedly qualified as matters of public interest under the First Amendment,” Facebook claimed in a motion seeking “more definite statement or dismissal.”

Source Facebook Claims It Can Use Kids’ ‘Likes’ As it Likes, Wants Class Action Tossed


India wants special monitoring access for Twitter, Facebook

August 8, 2011

India’s communications ministry has been asked by the home ministry to monitor social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook amid fears that the services are being used by terrorists to plan attacks.

The request suggests that the Indian government is trying to broaden the scope of its online surveillance for national security.

Telecommunications service providers in India provide facilities for lawful interception and monitoring of communications on their network, including communications from social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, in accordance with their license agreements, Milind Deora, the minister of state for communications and IT, told Parliament, according to the country’s Press Information Bureau.

Source India wants special monitoring access for Twitter, Facebook


Facebook glitch reveals private videos

July 27, 2011

A Facebook spokesman said a problem which allowed videos uploaded to Facebook to be viewed by anyone on their friends’ list, regardless of whether they have been given access to the clip, has been fixed after being live for one week.

Source Facebook glitch lets any friend view video thumbnail, description.


Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

June 8, 2011

Facebook has rolled out its facial recognition technology to countries outside of the US, but has switched the feature on by default without telling its users first. UK-based security expert Graham Cluely noted earlier today that Facebook had slotted the tech into the social network.

Source Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default


America’s Perilous Patchwork of Privacy Laws

March 24, 2011

As a concept, the notion of online privacy seems to rank right up there with the Tooth Fairy. Facebook has declared that all posts by members on their walls are public property; Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) keeps getting into trouble with various governments over the data its Street View cars collect; and you can forget about your Tweets being private — the Library of Congress is recording them.

“Consumers can’t expect much privacy in online services like Google, Facebook and Twitter,” Rainey Reitman, activism director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechNewsWorld. There are few laws protecting consumers on the Web, Reitman pointed out. Meanwhile, law enforcement “continues to seek ways to expand their online surveillance powers.”

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