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Google pays $7M fine to settle Wi-Fi privacy case

SAN FRANCISCO — Google will pay a $7 million fine to settle a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader’s interception of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent several years ago over unprotected wireless neighborhoods scattered throughout the world. ...

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Digital memories fade in death; protect yourself

Estate planning attorney James Lamm who writes the blog “Digital Passing” advises people to plan ahead for their virtual afterlives. Your best bet is to make sure valuable memories and intellectual property are stored somewhere besides a social media account ...

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Senate votes to reconsider MTA audio-taping bill

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate has voted to reconsider an audio-taping measure that was rejected by lawmakers on Monday in a 23-22 vote. The bill, voted for reconsideration on Tuesday, prohibits the Maryland Transportation Authority from using audio-taping devices to ...

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Indicted Megaupload founder launches new site

SYDNEY — Indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched a new file-sharing website on Sunday, promising users amped-up privacy levels in a defiant move against the U.S. prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online piracy. The colorful entrepreneur unveiled the ...

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Carroll County opposes revealing citizen email links

WESTMINSTER — Carroll County is taking a stand against revealing private citizen email addresses. The Carroll County Times reports that the County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to seek state legislation prohibiting disclosure of personal email addresses in documents requested under ...

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Lawyers defend right to use drivers’ records to seek clients (access required)

The justices of the Supreme Court are trying to dissect the language of a poorly worded federal statute that protects drivers’ personal information from misuse in an effort to determine whether lawyers broke the law in looking for potential class action plaintiffs.

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Barry Rosen: Those social media passwords – private! (access required)

Robert Collins, an employee with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, took a leave of absence from his job at the Patuxent Institution. When he reapplied for his job, he was asked to disclose his Facebook user name and password. Collins complied and was eventually rehired, but he complained to the Maryland Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Changes in law aim to protect kids’ online data

WASHINGTON — Aiming to prevent companies from exploiting online information about children under 13, the Obama administration on Wednesday imposed sweeping changes in regulations designed to protect a young generation with easy access to the Internet. Two years in the ...

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