Mar 272015

Oscar Williams-Grut reports:

Google could face a wave of privacy lawsuits in the UK after three people won the right to sue the search giant for snooping on their web browsing.

The search giant had sought to block attempts by three Brits to sue the company over the monitoring of their web browsing without consent. But the Court of Appeal today dismissed the attempts, saying that the cases “raise serious issues which merit a trial”.

In a statement, the three judges hearing the case said: “They concern what is alleged to have been the secret and blanket tracking and collation of information, often of an extremely private nature… about and associated with the claimants’ internet use, and the subsequent use of that information for about nine months.

Read more on London Evening Standard.

Related: Ruling in Vidal-Hall v. Google.

Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015  Business No Responses »

Lisa Vaas reports:

Uber has joined the rank of Big Data sellers, up there with Facebook, Google and Visa.

The product: data about customers’ movements, where they shop, where they work, where they go and much more.

This is how it started: about a month ago, Uber users who are also “preferred guests” of Starwood Hotels & Resorts were given the chance to earn “Starpoints” whenever they climb into an Uber ride.

Redeemable for free stays! Upgrades! Air miles! Gift cards! VIP access to exclusive music, sports and culture events!

All they have to do: link their Uber and Starwood accounts and thereby agree to sign away every scrap of (incredibly) personal (and quite valuable) data that Uber has on them.

Read more on Naked Security.

Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015  Featured News, Misc No Responses »

Kimberly Carlson and Katitza Rodriguez write:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is pleased with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) decision to adopt a resolution appointing a special rapporteur on the right to privacy.

This decision is a key step forward for the UNHRC; it elevates the right to privacy to the priority level that the Human Rights Council ascribes to most other human rights. Most importantly, it gives the right to privacy the international recognition and protection it deserves.

Read more on EFF.

Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015  Court, U.S., Workplace No Responses »

Kevin Koeninger reports:

Personal information of substitute teachers who were harassed during a strike must be released to Cleveland’s union boss, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled.

The substitutes, who were jeered with obscene language when they applied for jobs and went to work, hoped to prevent the release of their names and addresses for fear of retaliation.

Read more on Courthouse News.