Jul 312010
 July 31, 2010  Posted by  Breaches, Non-U.S.

Sean Rayment reports:

An Army sniper is suing the Ministry of Defence over a “catastrophic error” which put him and his family in danger of being kidnapped by al-Qaeda.

Police feared the soldier and his family could face retaliatory attacks by British-based Islamists after it was disclosed to the media that he had shot dead several Taliban gunmen at a range of 1.5 miles during during a tour in Helmand.

The soldier and his family were forced to leave the country amid fears that he was a possible target of a kidnap plot.

Read more in the Telegraph.

Jul 312010
 July 31, 2010  Posted by  Court, Online

Matthew Heller reports:

Acting couple Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart have dropped a $1 million lawsuit against Gawker.com for publishing a videotape featuring them in a nude threesome with a friend after the gossip website agreed to take down the much-viewed posting.

Gawker got plenty of mileage from the tape after posting it in August 2009. The posting was its most popular of 2009, generating more than 3.4 million hits -– many of them after “Grey’s Anatomy” star Dane and wife Gayheart sued for copyright infringement.

Read more on On Point.

Jul 312010
 July 31, 2010  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S.

Virgin Media broke advertising regulations when it sent an email promoting deals and offers to a customer who had opted out of marketing communications, the advertising regulator has said. The company had claimed the message was a service update.

The advertising industry’s code of self-regulation, the CAP Code, governs how companies use databases for marketing and allows customers to opt out of receiving marketing communications.

Read more on Out-Law.com, who also point us to the ruling.

Jul 302010
 July 30, 2010  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Meghan Keane reports:

Privacy advocates may not be happy with brands tracking consumers online, but a Brazilian detergent brand is set to begin tracking customers in the real world. Starting next week, Omo is embedding 50 detergent boxes with GPS devices as part of a new video camera giveaway.

The campaign is sure to get Omo lots of attention, but the amount of privacy concessions necessary to make it all happen could prohibit GPS-enabled products from becoming a widely used marketing strategy.

Read more on Econsultancy.

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