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FTC-Google Settlement Marks Two “Firsts” in FTC Privacy Enforcement

Google recently settled charges by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that Google's social networking service, Buzz, violated the FTC Act. The FTC-Google settlement prohibits Google from misrepresenting the extent to which it maintains and protects the confidentiality of users' information and from misrepresenting its compliance with the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. In that regard, the settlement represents two important "firsts" in FTC enforcement. … Continue Reading

EPIC Petitions for a Closer Look at the Cloud – Privacy Group Asks the FTC to Investigate Google Cloud Computing for Inadequate Safeguards and Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) accusing Google of failing to implement adequate privacy and data security safeguards and engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices related to its “cloud computing” services.… Continue Reading

Google Execs Face Privacy-Related and Other Criminal Charges for Taunting Video

Several Google executives, including the Company's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, will face criminal charges in Italian court stemming from Italian authorities' two-year investigation of a video posted on Google Video showing a disabled teen being taunted by classmates. The video, posted in 2006, depicts four high school boys in a Turin classroom taunting a classmate with Down syndrome and ultimately hitting the young man over the head with a box of tissues. Google removed the video on November 7, 2006, less than twenty-four hours after receiving multiple complaints about the video. Nonetheless, Fleischer and his Google colleagues face criminal charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal information that carry a maximum sentence of three (3) years. … Continue Reading
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