Apr 252015

Sally Albertazzie of Steptoe & Johnson writes:

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled, in Svenson v. Google Inc., that a Google Wallet user has standing to sue Google for allegedly violating its privacy policy by secretly disclosing user information to third-party mobile app developers.  The court also found that the plaintiff’s amended complaint adequately alleged breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unfair competition, but did not state a claim under the Stored Communications Act.

Read more on Lexology.

Apr 252015

Charlie Savage reports:

 The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows.

Read more on The New York Times.

Apr 252015
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Karlin Lillington reports:

Privacy executives from Google, Microsoft and Facebook say that privacy protections in the US are stronger than assumed by Europeans. However, they do not intend to offer varying degrees of protection to users worldwide if they are required by EU law to guarantee a greater degree of protection to Europeans.

Read more on Irish Times.

So if the EU demands greater protections, we’ll get the benefit of them here, too? Super! Go, EU!!!!

Apr 252015

Monika Ermert reports:

Decix, the largest internet traffic exchange point (IXP) worldwide, has had it with the snoops. Today (23 April), the Frankfurt company confirmed a report by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that it will file a complaint at the German Federal Administrative Court against the obligation to grant broad access to the German Intelligence Service (BND) to the traffic transiting its large switches. Decix management thinks the constitutionality of the activities is highly questionable and the G10 legislation (allowing for preventive surveillance under certain conditions) is not adapted to an international IP communication network. New revelations today that the US National Security Administration (NSA) used the data collected by the BND to spy on politicians and companies in Germany and the EU companies like EADS, Eurocopter and French authorities fired the renewed debate in Berlin.

Read more on Intellectual Property Watch.