UK Data Watchdog Fines Facebook Maximum £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica Breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office, the lead agency for data protection in England, has issued the maximum £500,000 fine on Facebook for failing to secure user data from Cambridge Analytica. ICO investigations found that Cambridge Analytica harvested 87 million Facebook users’ personal data to target ads…

Massive Online Weed Shop Busted in Canada

A press release issued by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) revealed that investigators had shut down an online drug shop. The announcement explained that three men from Edmonton had been running a so-called “mail-order drug distribution network” from a home near 80 Avenue….

Supreme Court Opens Door to Worldwide Patent Damages

The Supreme Court issued a disappointing opinion [PDF] today holding that a company could recover patent damages for lost profits overseas. The court’s reasoning could make overseas damages available in many patent cases. This will disadvantage companies that do research and development in the United…

Will Dream Market’s Fentanyl Ban Save Lives?

Dream market recently issued a ban on fentanyl sales and surprised many users in the process. The decision to ban fentanyl came somewhat unexpectedly. All Dream updates have taken place quietly, but many feel that banning fentanyl goes against the very nature of the Dream…

Appeals Court Rules Suspicion Required for Forensic Searches of Phones at Border

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia recently issued a ruling in the case of United States v. Kolsuz. The appeals court ruling in the Kolsuz case created a significant change in how the 4th amendment of the constitution of the United States…

Apple Noticed a Sharp Increase in US National Security Requests – Latest Hacking News

Apple Inc on Friday issued its biannual transparency report which is based on government data requests. The report shows a Apple Noticed a Sharp Increase in US National Security Requests on Latest Hacking News. VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE Apple Noticed a Sharp Increase in US…

FTC Commissioner Chopra: “FTC orders are not suggestions”

Incoming Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra issued a memo today warning that the FTC will enforce its consent orders against companies that violate the law. “FTC orders are not suggestions,” said Chopra. Chopra said the FTC should seek structural remedies as well as monetary fines….

U.S. Courts Release 2017 FISA Report

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has issued the 2017 report on activities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Scrutiny of FISA applications increased substantially in 2017. The 2017 FISA report reveals that there were 1,614 FISA applications in 2017, of which 1,147 were…

Patent Office Throws Out GEMSA’s Stupid Patent on a GUI For Storage

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued a ruling [PDF] invalidating claims from US Patent No. 6,690,400, which had been the subject of the June 2016 entry in our Stupid Patent of the Month blog series. The patent owner, Global Equity Management (SA) Pty Ltd. (GEMSA), responded…

EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge FTC To Investigate Facebook

In a statement issued today, EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups have called on the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether Facebook violated a 2011 Consent Order when it facilitated the transfer of personal data of 50 million Facebook users to the data mining…