Apple says iPhone leak has cost it big bucks

Apple officials told police investigators that the publication of photos of an iPhone prototype was "immensely damaging" to the company and represented a "huge" loss, recently released court documents show. Those documents, released

Published on: May 18th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Botched bombing attempt reveals weaknesses of data mining

Saturday's botched bombing attempt in New York City provides an example of why the use of data mining approaches to uncover potential terrorism plots is a little like weather forecasting. "You definitely need

Published on: May 6th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Why Microsoft can bully smaller firms into patent submission

Actually, I don't think we should kill all the patent lawyers. Some of my best friends are patent attorneys -- no, really. But I'd happily stick a knife into the American patent system.In

Published on: May 5th, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

USB drive can be used as evidence in child porn case, judge rules

A man who forgot to remove a thumb drive from a shared computer that he was using, waived his privacy claims to the content on that device, a federal judge in Florida has

Published on: April 15th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Facebook will fork out $9.5 million to fund privacy projects

A federal judge has approved a proposed settlement byFacebook in a class-action lawsuit involving its now defunct Beacon behavioral tracking service.Under the settlement, Facebook will pay $9.5 million to set up a privacy

Published on: March 23rd, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Social media sites being used for undercover investigations

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has obtained documents showing how law enforcement agencies and the Internal Revenue Service are gathering information from social networking sites for their investigations. The documents were obtained

Published on: March 18th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Spate of lawsuits may alter smartphone landscape

Having trouble keeping track of who is suing whom among smartphone and mobile technology players over the past few months? Here's a quick rundown:Family of author Philip K. Dick vs. Google Author Philip

Published on: March 11th, 2010 Network World Staff

Apple’s lawsuit against HTC could be bad for … everyone

I'm not a reflexive enemy of the U.S. patent system. But having spent the day mulling over Apple's lawsuit against High Tech Computer (HTC) over smartphone-related patents, it still feels like the move

Published on: March 4th, 2010 Harry McCracken and Dan Nystedt

5 ways to monitor your employees legally and ethically

Employers have the right to monitor employee use of office equipment - especially computers - to ensure these tools are being responsibly used for work.In these tough times, this is a right resource-stretched

Published on: February 23rd, 2010 Tony Bradley

Google hit with class action lawsuit over Buzz

Google apologized last week for privacy issues around its new social-networking service Buzz - and made several changes to allay user concerns. But those actions have not helped the Search behemoth avert legal

Published on: February 19th, 2010 Brennon Slattery and Jaikumar Vijayan

Facebook slams critics of $9.5 million privacy lawsuit settlement offer

Facebook has come out swinging at those opposing a settlement offer it made last year in a privacy lawsuit involving the social networking company's controversial Beacon behavioral tracking service. Under the offer made

Published on: February 5th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Bank sues customer hit by $800,000 cyber theft

A Texas bank is suing a customer hit by an $800,000 cybertheft incident in a case that could test the extent to which customers should be held responsible for protecting their online accounts

Published on: January 28th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

They built in privacy…so can you

Every year, my office hosts an annual event known as the Privacy by Design (PbD) Challenge where a distinguished group of speakers relate their personal success stories with PbD and the dividends they

Published on: January 19th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

ISP owner arrested, charged with conspiracy to defraud customers

The owner of a Dallas-based Internet service provider that was raided last April has been charged with participating in a conspiracy to defraud more than US$15 million from companies such as Verizon, AT&T

Published on: January 13th, 2010 Robert McMillan