Call me prescient or just the ever-pessimist, but I was telling people this for some time: let’s get that digital stuff on paper.
How old fashioned! But here’s the thing. Few send you a photograph of their new babies anymore, or an actual bona fide letter with a stamp on the envelope. They post the stuff to Facebook and call it good enough.
But what happens when technology (and other things) change, making access to digital images and information inaccessible?
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requesting that a federal judge uphold the agency’s authority to bring an enforcement action against AT&T for allegedly “slowing down the broadband connections of some unlimited data users.”
In sum, the FTC is asking U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen to reject AT&T’s claim that it’s a “common carrier,” and not subject to FTC jurisdiction.
“The Communications Act … unambiguously states that an entity may be treated as a common carrier only to the extent that it provides a common carrier service,” the FTC adds. “Mobile data is not a common carrier service,” notes MediaPost in a recent story.
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The gavel has come down on mobile social network company Path. The firm will not be able to appeal the decision giving the go-ahead to a consumer’s class-action lawsuit regarding unwanted text messages.
The Illinois 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently made the ruling against Path, a popular messaging service for Android, which reportedly sent bulk SMS messages to some users’ entire phone books, asking contacts to sign up or relaying “notifications.”
It’s not the first time this issue has reared its ugly head. A simply Google search shows a raft of commentary on the Path methodology. Here’s one, posted at Phandroid more than a year ago: “Word began spreading a few days ago after Path seemingly wigged out on a few users, sending mass SMS messages to everyone in their phone book — ex girlfriends, tire shops, grandmas, etc. — notifying them that the sender had “photos” for them waiting on Path. Not the kind of thing you would want sent to your buddy’s wife on a Friday night.”
Posted in Announcements, Legal, Marketing Strategy, Mobile Social, News, Platforms, Privacy, SMS / Text, Technology
Whether you like or dislike Facebook, one thing is for sure: Facebook’s drive to monetize is making the social media company take risks.
Now Facebook Inc. faces a class action lawsuit for purportedly scanning the details in private Facebook messages it later used to target advertising.
Facebook wanted the lawsuit thrown out, but that was not to be. The judge in the case said the case will proceed.
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The “Navigating the Marketing Law Maze” conference, which kicks off tomorrow in Chicago, is expected to draw more than 700 industry leaders to the Windy City.
To be held at Chicago’s Downtown Marriott Hotel November 5-7, this 36th Annual Brand Activation Association (BAA) Marketing Law Conference will welcome leading regulators, legislators, corporate counsel, marketers, and technology pioneers, as well as representatives of the nation’s leading law firms. The annual event examines legislative issues affecting the advertising and marketing industries.
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Will LinkedIn luck out?
LinkedIn recently asked the judge presiding over its case to dismiss a lawsuit which accuses the social networking site of misappropriating member names and images in an effort to expand membership.
The lawsuit was filed a year ago as a potential class-action. The case centers on allegations that LinkedIn emails users’ friends, soliciting them to join up with the professionally-oriented site. The plaintiffs who are suing contend that “LinkedIn violated a California law about endorsements by using their names and images in emails to their friends,” according to a story on the matter at MediaPost.
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Google will settle charges and repay $19 million to consumers whose children were allegedly deceived into making mobile purchases through the Android app store, according to Federal officials.
The Federal Trade Commission filed suit, alleging that since 2011, Google “made it too easy for children to use Android phones to buy items ranging from 99 cents to $200 in kids-oriented games without a parent’s permission.”
According to a story on the lawsuit at the Washington Post, “The settlement is the latest in the FTC’s three-year investigation into so-called “in-app purchases” on devices running software by Apple, Amazon and Google. The enforcement agency has said the purchases are deceptive and particularly harmful for children. Apple agreed to a $32.5 million settlement last January. Amazon in July said it would fight similar charges brought by the FTC.”
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