Ohio lawsuit stops websites from charging to remove mugshots

A settlement in a federal lawsuit in Ohio means two websites can no longer charge people to remove mugshots from the sites, according to the Associated Press. Not all mugshot sites are bound by the settlement. Only BustedMugshots.com and MugshotsOnline.com were named in the suit. The AP reports that a number of states have similar… Continue reading Ohio lawsuit stops websites from charging to remove mugshots

Was the Tribune right to use Facebook photos in a news story?

A lot of electrons have been spilled over John S. Adams’ story in the Great Falls Tribune on Sunday detailing a web of connections between former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, dark money groups and their staffers. If you believe postings by some state social media staples, people are riled up over Adams’ use of Facebook as… Continue reading Was the Tribune right to use Facebook photos in a news story?

ACLU: Montana first in country to ban warrantless location tracking

The [ACLU reports today](http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-national-security/first-nation-montana-requires-warrant-location) that Montana is the first state in the union to [require a warrant before police can use your mobile device to track your location](http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/billhtml/HB0603.htm). House Bill 603, sponsored by Rep. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings) and [signed into law on May 6](http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/LAW0203W$BSRV.ActionQuery?P_SESS=20131&P_BLTP_BILL_TYP_CD=&P_BILL_NO=&P_BILL_DFT_NO=LC1905&P_CHPT_NO=&Z_ACTION=Find&P_SBJT_SBJ_CD=&P_ENTY_ID_SEQ=), says that government entities cannot obtain location information from an electronic… Continue reading ACLU: Montana first in country to ban warrantless location tracking

Twitter reinstates journalist banned for NBC Olympics criticism

The two-day saga of the journalist suspended from Twitter because he posted the corporate email address of an NBC executive is over. [Twitter reinstated Guy Adams’ account today](https://twitter.com/guyadams/status/230359474655870978). Twitter emails to tell me: “we have just received an update from the complainant retracting their original request…” — Guy Adams (@guyadams) July 31, 2012 [On the… Continue reading Twitter reinstates journalist banned for NBC Olympics criticism

Privacy advocates want the “right to be forgotten”

The Technology Review reports that there is a growing movement, especially among European legislators, calling for some sort of “Internet erase button,” a way to permanently and completely remove any bit of information from the Web. Supporters argue that such a method for removing information from the Web would be useful in the cases where… Continue reading Privacy advocates want the “right to be forgotten”

Critics say Tester’s government transparency bill is too vague

Sen. Jon Tester’s government transparency bill, the Public Online Information Act of 2010, is drawing some criticism from lobbyists for government contractors and from some transparency advocates, writes Aliya Sternstein at NextGov.

Montana Tech students’ personal information accidentally mass e-mailed

Personal information for 267 former Montana Tech students was accidentally e-mailed to the entire campus last week, KBZK reports. The e-mail, sent on April 22, contained names, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and birthdates of students who took part in an undergraduate research program from 1998 to 2006, KBZK’s report said. The college’s chancellor,… Continue reading Montana Tech students’ personal information accidentally mass e-mailed

Weekend Reading: Guides to Facebook’s recent changes

This week, Facebook made some changes to the way it interacts with other websites. The changes make it easier for third-party sites to personalize themselves for visitors who happen to also be Facebook members. Of course, this raised privacy issues, especially when it comes to sites that aren’t Facebook using Facebook users’ data for any… Continue reading Weekend Reading: Guides to Facebook’s recent changes