Apr 232014

William Dotinga reports:

Online daters failed to show that SuccessfulMatch.com misled them into believing their HIV and STD statuses would remain private, a federal judge ruled.

Jane Does 1 and 2, of Canada and Washington state, filed a federal class action against SuccessfulMatch.com in 2013, claiming the website preyed on the vulnerability of people who have tested positive for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, which led them to join its PositiveSingles.com dating site.

Read more on Courthouse News.

Apr 232014

Tim Pugmire reports:

The Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring police to obtain a warrant in order to track a person’s location by their cell phone or other electronic devices.

The vote today was 56 -1. Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. There’s also a requirement for notifying people when their tracking information is collected.

Read more on MPR.

Note: The bill was amended to require a “tracking warrant,” which is not quite the same as a search warrant. The Star Tribune reports that a companion bill awaits a vote in the state House.

Apr 232014

AFP reports:

Brazil’s Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user’s bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping.

The lower House of Deputies had passed the bill earlier, and late Tuesday the Senate gave it a green light. That leaves only the expected signature into law from President Dilma Rousseff.

“The bill sets out principles, guarantees, rights, and duties for Internet users, and Internet service providers” in Brazil, a statement on the Senate’s website said.

The law is aimed at balancing freedom of expression and the web-users’ rights to privacy and protection of personal data, Rousseff says.

Read more on Phys.org.

Apr 232014

AP reports:

Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico’s capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content.

Protesters carrying signs that read “No to Censorship” and “Freedom of Expression” walked along Mexico City’s main Reforma Avenue on their way to the Senate building after organizing the demonstration on social networks.

The government says the proposal seeks tools to combat illegal activities on the Internet, including child pornography.

Read more on ABC.

Apr 232014

Mark Leiser writes:

The government’s revenue collecting service has announced that it is going to sell anonymous personal data to commercial entities for money.

Again the privacy advocates have gone ape, arguing that the government is making money “off of me and you”. I have read numerous accounts on how this would work, and like most stories in the online environment, they are poorly researched, scaremongering, and devoid of any critical analysis as they essentially reword each other press releases.

Read more of his commentary on The Drum.

Apr 212014

Jo Napolitano reports:

The technology nonprofit inBloom, created to build a massive cloud-based student data system, announced Monday it will close — just weeks after New York ordered it to delete state student records.

In an open letter posted to the group’s website, inBloom chief executive Iwan Streichenberger said the Atlanta-based organization had become “a lightning rod for misdirected criticism.”

Read more on Newsday (subscription required)

Apr 192014

Turkey’s embattled premier made a formal complaint to the country’s top court on Friday, saying secret recordings spread on the Internet were a violation of his family’s rights.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Constitutional Court that the failure of social media websites to remove leaked recordings featuring him and his family were a violation of their right to privacy and freedom of communication.

Read more on Turkish Press.