Digital Daily Dozen 02/05/2014

Court Revives Lawsuit Against Spokeo

A federal appellate court has revived a class-action lawsuit accusing data aggregator Spokeo of violating the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia resident Thomas Robins can proceed with his claims that Spokeo sold information without allowing people to correct mistakes.

Osaka train station set for large face-recognition study

Japan’s Osaka Station could become another focal point in the global battle over personal privacy protection as a Japanese research center prepares for a long-term face-recognition study there.

Panel to NSA: Change your ways — or else

Lawmakers bluntly warned the Obama administration it will lose its sweeping surveillance powers if major changes aren’t made at the NSA. Members of the House Judiciary Committee said Section 215 of the Patriot Act will be dissolved unless the administration proposes broad changes to the NSA’s collection of records.

Cable co. blames “misinformation” for failure of municipal Internet ban

The legislation in Kansas that would have made it nearly impossible for cities and towns in that state to offer broadband service to residents was originally scheduled for debate in the Senate today. That hearing ended up being canceled after public outcry.

Microsoft CEO to Focus on Mobile, Cloud Tech
As Microsoft insider Satya Nadella takes the company’s helm, he is declaring a new focus on a "mobile-first, cloud-first world." Microsoft and its new CEO are trying to catch rivals such as Apple, Google and Amazon, which are building their own ecosystems for mobile devices.

Google Vows Links to Rivals in EU Antitrust Deal
Google is offering new and "far-reaching" concessions to the European Union’s antitrust watchdog that are likely to be enough to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches. Google will guarantee to display results from three rivals, the EU said.

Aereo Has Also Run Out of Capacity in Atlanta
Last week Aereo ran out of capacity in New York City, and now the live TV streaming company has confirmed that it has run out of capacity in Atlanta as well. "Yes, we’ve also reached capacity in Atlanta at this time. We’ll notify users when we add more capacity."

Facebook read daily more than Bible

More Americans check Facebook daily than read the Bible and it has more monthly users worldwide than most continents have people. Facebook, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday, says worldwide it has 757 million daily active users. Of those 19 percent are in the U.S. and Canada.

New Net domains expand Web addressing system

The Internet is about to undergo a growth spurt. Hundreds of new Net domains will go live this year, driving an almost 50-fold increase over the long-standing 22 domains such as ".com" and ".net." Some of the Net address endings, gTLDs as they are known, have already gone live in recent days including ".guru" and ".singles."

The FCC currently distributes $2.4 billion/year to schools for telecom from a fund called E-Rate, paid for out of fees collected by telecom companies. But so far, only half of E-Rate’s money goes toward broadband connections. Some pays for cellphones, and a quarter of it pays for phone service — translation: landlines.

The conservative legal activist who won the first court ruling questioning the legality of the NSA’s massive phone-call tracking database is asking the Supreme Court to short circuit the normal appeals process and take up the case directly. Attorney Larry Klayman said he sent the unusual petition to the high court.


2013 ended with hundreds of deals between TV broadcasters and pay-TV providers successfully negotiated. No blackouts, no drama. An industry watcher recently remarked that, “TV blackouts are in a quiet period.” So, why is Congress proposing legislation to put the federal government in the middle of market disputes?

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips

Texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling.

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.