Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Companies Exposed on P2P File Sharing Networks

The FTC is sending out warning letters to a number of private businesses and public entities regarding peer to peer networks utilized and accessed in the workplace. As internet law experts know, P2P networks are a double edged sword. On the one hand, they increase efficiency by allowing the rapid transport of data. On the downside, private information such as medical records and social security numbers often leak onto P2P networks. This problem is not going away anytime soon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Google Buzz Class Action

Google really screwed up recently, rolling out its new Buzz social networking app and blowing the privacy of millions of users. Instead of advising users of the new service and letting users choose to be part of Buzz, Google automatically signed up its Gmail users to the Buzz service, exposing private email contacts etc all without the knowledge or consent of its users. This is almost inconceivable and has privacy advocates seething - a class action has already been filed against Google for its indiscretion. Internet lawyers will be following this case closely.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Google to set up high speed networks

The Los Angeles Times is reporting Google's intent to build high speed internet networks in the near future. Internet lawyers will be watching closely to see if this spurs other network providers to step up bandwidth. Google plans to offer as much as 10 times the capacity of common cable broadband networks. This should be great for the consumer as the content distribution revolution rolls on - now in HD.