Yahoo! Inc.\'s (NASDAQ:YHOO) system is programmed to run automated scans on emails sent and received by its users, so that the company can produce targeted ads. The multi-billion dollar company was hit with six lawsuits in 2013, all of which were the produce of this same system. The cases litigated that the rights of users, who had not agreed to the terms of Yahoo’s automated scan system, were affected and their privacy had been compromised.
BERLIN: A Philadelphia court has made the unfortunate decision to reopen the legal debate on whether the US has the right to access e-mails stored on foreign servers if they belong to US companies. If Magistrate Thomas Rueter's ruling stands, anyone using US based internet companies will have to live with the knowledge that, as far as the US government is concerned, it's America wherever they operate. That's a dangerous approach that hurts the international expansion of US tech companies.
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using sophisticated cameras, called “automated license plate readers,” or ALPRs, to scan and record the license plates of millions of cars across the country. These cameras, mounted on top of patrol cars and on city streets, can scan up to 1,800 license plate per minute, day or night, allowing one squad car to record more than 14,000 plates during the course of a single shift.
Google has agreed to delete all personal WiFi data gathered by its "Street View" mapping service in Hong Kong, in what the city's privacy commissioner said was a first.The Internet giant is being investigated in a number of countries after the cars, which drive around taking photos for Google's free online mapping service, mistakenly picked up the private information.