Aiming to prevent companies from exploiting online information about children under the age of 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 making, the amended rules to the decade-old Children's Online Privacy Protection Act go into effect in July. Privacy advocates said the changes were long overdue in an era of cellphones, tablets, social networking services and online stores with cellphone apps aimed at kids for as little as 99 cents....
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During a week when mobile app privacy has garnered increased attention, a lesser-known mobile privacy bill sponsored by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, edging it closer to the Senate floor for a vote. The Location Privacy Protection Act is the first of a slew of privacy bills introduced in the past couple years to make it out of the committee stage. Changes to the bill in its current form are expected, but its primary goal is to require that companies obtain user consent before collecting or sharing mobile location data.
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December 10, 2012
A woman is facing a $750,000 defamation lawsuit and has been ordered to alter a negative Yelp review of a home contractor after police found that her claims didn't add up. Dietz Development is claiming that Jane Perez's scathing review has cost them new customers and, on Wednesday, a judge ordered a preliminary injunction for her to edit the post. Yelp and legal critics are worried that Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)-related lawsuits could chill free speech, but business owners say that legal intervention is necessary in an age when online reviews can make or break a company.