Posted October 7, 2014
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- A recently introduced bi-partisan bill would require that new privacy measures be implemented on the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site to give consumers more control over their personal data
Legal and Regulations
- Are your LinkedIn contacts yours or your employers? Are they confidential? Could they even be considered trade secrets? While we do not yet know the answer to these important questions, we may be one step closer because of a recent court ruling in Cellular Accessories for Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC. Unless the parties settle, we may actually get a trial court ruling on whether LinkedIn contacts can be considered a trade secret. This is definitely a case to watch.
- Ad fraud is a well-known “secret” in the online marketing world, and it’s been around ever since ads have existed on the Internet. Experts estimate that for every $1 a company spends on online advertising, almost half is lost to digital ad fraud. But it’s about to get a lot harder to claim ignorance on the subject.
- Google plans to put security guards for all its Northern CA offices on its payroll and part ways with the company that used to supply them. Google will hire about 200 security guards at its Mountain View, California, headquarters, San Francisco office and at YouTube in San Bruno, California.
- The FBI has closed down a website selling a ‘spyware’ app which allowed people complete access to their victim’s smartphones, including all calls and texts as well as operating the phone’s microphone. Federal investigators arrested Pakistani national Hammad Akbar, 31, from Los Angeles for selling his StealthGenie app, which was marketed as undetectable and untraceable. According to the indictment, the app allowed the interception of all incoming and outgoing calls on a mobile phone to be monitored in real time. It also gave the user complete access to all data on the victims phone while also allowing them to monitor all conversations within 15 feet of the handset.
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