Sep 302010
 September 30, 2010  Posted by  Breaches, Online, Youth & Schools

Kashmir Hill writes:

My alma mater has a habit of getting into the news, especially for stories that involve Duke athletes and sex. The latest story is jaw-dropping even for the Blue Devils.

Karen Owen, a 2010 graduate, kept detailed notes on her sexual adventures with 13 members of Duke’s lacrosse, baseball and tennis teams over the last four years.  She then put those notes, along with the athletes’ names and photos into a PowerPoint presentation, that concludes with a ranking of the 13 on what she calls her “F*** list.”


Owen sent the “unofficial senior thesis” titled “An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics” to three friends and did not intend for it to go further than that. But one of those friends forwarded it on and it went viral, going out on listservs and eventually winding up on Gawker sites, Jezebel (for women) and Deadspin (for sports addicts).

Read more on Forbes.

Sep 302010
 September 30, 2010  Posted by  Court, Laws, Online, Surveillance

Evan Brown writes:

Beluga Shipping GMBH & Co. KS Beluga Fantastic v. Suzlon Energy LTD., 2010 WL 3749279 (N.D. Cal., Sept. 23, 2010)

Court rules that under the Stored Communications Act, account holder consent is required to obtain copies of emails in Google’s possession. Before you issue a subpoena seeking copies of emails, read Beluga Shipping.

Suzlon is the third largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. In an action pending in the Federal Court in New South Wales Australia, Suzlon brought cross claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against several of its former employees who were imprisoned in India.

Suzlon believed that its former employees used internet mail accounts hosted by Google to perpetrate their fraud. Therefore, it filed a petition under 28 U.S.C. §1782 to obtain discovery from Google. 28 U.S.C. §1782 provides the means by which parties to a foreign proceeding can obtain discovery in the United States for use in that proceeding. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply in §1782 proceedings unless the court prescribes a different procedure to follow. In Beluga Shipping, the district court applied the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Read more about the case and opinion on Practical eDiscovery.

Sep 302010
 September 30, 2010  Posted by  Business, Laws

David Vladeck, the head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, shared his vision for consumer privacy protection with an audience at the IAPP’s Privacy Academy on September 30, 2010.


Mr. Vladeck noted three key areas for future enforcement.  The FTC will (1) bring more cases involving “pure” privacy, i.e., cases involving practices that attempt to circumvent consumers’ understanding of a company’s information practices and consumer choices; (2) focus enforcement efforts on new technologies (Mr. Vladeck noted that, to assist staff attorneys in bringing these sorts of cases, the FTC has hired technologists to assist and also have created mobile labs to respond to the proliferation of smart phones and mobile apps); and (3) increase international cooperation on privacy issues (Mr. Vladeck cited the FTC’s recently-announced participation in the Global Privacy Enforcement Network).

Read more about his presentation on Hunton & William’s Privacy and  Information Security Law Blog.

Christopher Wolf also blogs about the presentation on Chronicle of Data Protection.

Sep 302010
 September 30, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

West Midlands Police said it has removed all covert “spy” cameras installed in areas of Birmingham with a large Muslim population.

More than 200 – covert and overt – were put up earlier this year, paid for with government money to tackle terrorism.

An independent report into their installation said public consultation was “too little and too late”.

Chief Constable Chris Sims has apologised and said none of the cameras was ever used.

Read more on BBC.   The UKPA also covers the story.

h/t, @WC2A_2AE via @@cheshire_puss and @iGeldard.