Apr 242014

Mike Masnick writes: The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ hasissued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This case is one we mentioned last week where magistrate judge John Facciola asked the two companies to weigh in, as [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Apr 022014

Eugene Volokh writes: Grand jury subpoenas — as well as some other subpoenas — are sometimes accompanied with gag orders, barring the recipient (the person or entity who must turn over documents) from revealing the existence of the subpoena. Some courts, though, are scrutinizing such speech restrictions, and especially the procedures used for imposing such [...]

Mar 312014

Although privacy groups had opposed it, the proposed settlement in a class action suit against Google for leaking personal information in referrer headers as received the court’s preliminary approval.. The preliminary approval addresses one of the main objections to the settlement: that it doesn’t require Google to stop the practice, but only to notify users [...]