Lawsuits

Google tweaks its terms of service for clarity on Gmail scanning

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The company is currently dealing with a lawsuit that challenges its email scanning practices.

Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

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The court battle began when the FTC filed a 2012 complaint against hotelier Wyndham, accusing it of deceptive and unfair practices against consumers following data breaches.

Lawsuit over Symantec, Digital River sales practices granted class-action status

Lawsuit over Symantec, Digital River sales practices granted class-action status

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Symantec and a company it contracted, Digital River, are accused of misleading consumers who paid for antivirus download insurance.

Former Microsoft employee accused of leaking software pleads guilty

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A former Microsoft employee has pleaded guilty to charges related to sharing software code for looming company products.

Google wants Supreme Court to rule on Street View privacy case

Google wants Supreme Court to rule on Street View privacy case

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Google continues to fight a court ruling that its interception of Wi-Fi traffic, using Street View, may have been unlawful.

LinkedIn identifies company that used bots to scrape profile data

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HiringSolved, a start-up recruiting company, was named in an amended complaint, as well as its founder. The social networking service claims they violated its terms of agreement, as well as copyright and hacking laws.

In LinkedIn breach suit, judge denies company's motion to dismiss

In LinkedIn breach suit, judge denies company's motion to dismiss

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A plaintiff says she would have viewed her premium LinkedIn subscription as "less valuable" had the company disclosed "lax security practices," before its 2012 password breach.

Trustwave responds to Target breach lawsuit, bank drops out

Trustwave responds to Target breach lawsuit, bank drops out

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Trustmark National Bank has dropped its claims related to the class-action lawsuit filed last week against the retail giant and the security firm.

AvMed breach settlement awards plaintiffs regardless of suffered fraud

AvMed breach settlement awards plaintiffs regardless of suffered fraud

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Legal experts say the settlement serves as a small win for plaintiffs, and a much bigger one for their attorneys.

Banks file class-action against Target and Trustwave over massive breach

Banks file class-action against Target and Trustwave over massive breach

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Banks impacted by the Target data breach have banded together to file a class-action against the retail giant, as well as against security firm Trustwave.

About $4M may settle class-action for 2010 Stanford hospital breach

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California-based Stanford Hospital & Clinics and billing contractor Multi-Specialty Collection Services LLC may end up paying a more than $4 million settlement for a 2010 breach, according to a report.

Miss Teen USA hacker sentenced to 18 months in federal prison

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Jared James Abrahams was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after hacking into young womens' webcams and blackmailing them for more nude photos.

Google faces lawsuit over childrens' app charges

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A class-action lawsuit filed against Google this past week alleges that children were allowed to make purchases within apps without parental consent.

NSA ordered to halt plans to destroy phone data records

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A federal judge ordered the National Security Agency (NSA) to stop destroying millions of phone records until at least March 19.

Feds move to dismiss 11 charges against Barrett Brown

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Brown, a writer and activist who is known as one of the online faces of Anonymous, faced charges related to sharing a link to a dump of credit card numbers connected to the Stratfor breach.

Neiman Marcus files motion to dismiss class-action complaint

Neiman Marcus files motion to dismiss class-action complaint

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On Wednesday, Neiman Marcus filed a motion to dismiss a class-action complaint filed in January by a customer impacted in a recent payment card breach.

Complaint filed against Neiman Marcus, slams breach response

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A class-action complaint was filed against Neiman Marcus in the Eastern District of New York on Monday, just days after the major retailer announced that an undisclosed number of payment cards may have been stolen in a breach.

Google appeals France's $204k privacy violation fine

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Google is appealing a $204,000 fine for allegedly violating France's privacy laws. The company also requested the suspending the fine until an appeal ruling is made.

LinkedIn files complaint to reveal who is creating sham accounts

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LinkedIn filed a complaint on Monday to discover who is responsible for scraping data from real accounts to create thousands of phony accounts.

Motion Picture Association of America settles lawsuit with Hotfile

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File-sharing site Hotfile agreed to pay $80 million to the Motion Picture Association of America on Tuesday, thus settling a two-year lawsuit.

Video poker pair avoid sentencing

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Two video poker players who exploited casino machines had their court case dismissed this week, three years after their arrests.

ACLU sues Justice Department to spur response on surveillance info request

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The government failed to respond to a FOIA request submitted back in March, the civil liberties group claims.

Federal judge says Google must contend with lawsuit on its Gmail scanning practices

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A U.S. district judge ruled that the case against Google can move forward making it the second case, of late, where the tech giant will face accusations that it violated federal wiretap law.

Spammers forced to cough up $3 million to Facebook

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Facebook has been awarded $3 million in damages following a five-year case against now defunct Power Ventures.

Google wants appeals court to reconsider ruling on intercepting Wi-Fi traffic

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The tech giant argued that a ruling could have troubling legal implications on "ordinary activities" where unencrypted Wi-Fi traffic is intercepted.

LinkedIn refutes claims that it "hacked" users' email accounts for marketing purposes

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According to a recently filed lawsuit, email accounts provided during the LinkedIn registration process were misused so the company could access users' contacts.

Google Street View ruling denotes "landmark" privacy case on Wi-Fi-enabled data collection

Google Street View ruling denotes "landmark" privacy case on Wi-Fi-enabled data collection

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A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that Google's data collection practices are not exempt from federal wiretap law.

In Barnes & Noble skimming case, federal judge dismisses plaintiffs' class-action suit

In Barnes & Noble skimming case, federal judge dismisses plaintiffs' class-action suit

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According to a federal judge in Illinois, the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate loss or injury as a result of increased risk of identity theft, invasion of privacy and other claims.

Customer lawsuit tied to Symantec source code hack dismissed

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The customer failed to prove that the product she purchased was among those impacted in the breach, a federal judge ruled.

Jamster can't shed "scam" rep soon enough, settles with FTC for $1.2M

Jamster can't shed "scam" rep soon enough, settles with FTC for $1.2M

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Mobile marketing and ad company Jesta Digital, which does business as Jamster, is in hot water for tricking users into believing their devices were virus infected, and then slapping on charges to their cell phone bills.

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