Why Zappos’ user agreement didn’t stand up in court

The recent failure of Zappos.com’s user agreement to protect the site from a class action lawsuit demonstrates a few crucial lessons for websites wishing to protect themselves. You can see this post as

Published on: November 12th, 2012 Monica Goyal

A sober second look at crowdfunding risks

Even angel investors need a devil’s advocate, so here I am. There’s a lot of buzz about the push by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and other parties to get equity crowdfunding legalized

Published on: June 19th, 2012 Christine Wong

Oracle, Google both end up losers in latest patent trial

by Monica Goyal Google was once again in the news with another patent dispute, now with Oracle. This time the drama happened in the courtroom, right in the public eye. The question in

Published on: May 29th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Yelp, 14 others sued for privacy-invading mobile apps

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Yelp and 14 other companies have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of distributing privacy-invading mobile applications.The lawsuit was filed by a group of 13 individuals in the United

Published on: March 15th, 2012 Jaikumar Vijayan

T.O. security firm offers on-call risk advisors on IT, security, compliance issues

What's your company's accountability should your customer database get hacked? Is your latest rollout compliant with current privacy regulations? What are the legal minefields around your e-health or e-commerce services? Where do get

Published on: March 7th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Pirate Party sails to Bodog chief’s defence

The Pirate Party of Canada yesterday issued a statement condemning the indictment of Bodog.com founder Calvin Ayre and fellow operators of the gambling site shutdown by United States authorities earlier this week. Calling

Published on: March 1st, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Alleged scam victims claim telemarketer’s tapes were

A Montreal telemarketing firm facing charges of fraud has launched a counter-attack against its detractors by posting online taped conversations with customers that complained against the firm. Express Transaction Services Inc. (ETS) claims

Published on: February 22nd, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Nortel executives chose to ignore breach

Former Nortel CEO Frank Dunn, now being tried for fraud, was among several senior company managers who were aware of a long-standing data breach into Nortel's computers systems, but chose to do nothing.

Published on: February 16th, 2012 Wayne Rash

Nortel executives chose to ignore breach

Former Nortel CEO Frank Dunn, now being tried for fraud, was among several senior company managers who were aware of a long-standing data breach into Nortel's computers systems, but chose to do nothing.

Published on: February 16th, 2012 Wayne Rash

Honda, small claims and social media

by Monica Goyal Rather than accept the $100-200 settlement offered from a class action suit against Honda, Heather Peters decided to sue Honda in Small Claims Court for $10,000. She claims that the

Published on: February 6th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Lawful access ‘enormous financial burden’ for business

Better ways to interpret data, not more access to private information, is what law enforcement agencies need, according to opponents of the so-called “lawful access” bills – a set of proposed laws that

Published on: January 29th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud

Megaupload users are crying foul after their personal files, not necessarily copyright-infringing material, stored with the file-sharing service was seized on Thursday along with a trove of illegally distributed copyrighted works. Some of

Published on: January 21st, 2012 Ian Paul

Anti-Spam law: Staying out of ‘The Freezer’ with your e-mail campaigns

While they're celebrating Canada Day this year, e-mail marketers may also be feverishly reviewing their e-mail lists to make sure they comply with a tough new anti-spam law. Although there have been questions

Published on: January 19th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Why do startups hate agreements?

by Monica Goyal I recently considered entering a business relationship with a startup. These conversations always seem to end with the same awkwardness around signing an agreement. My response, as always, was: I’ll

Published on: December 19th, 2011 Monica Goyal