Selected case law
Cell phone searches
Ajemian v. Yahoo!, 478 Mass. 169 (2017)
The Stored Communications Act (SCA) does not prohibit Yahoo from disclosing the e-mails in a decedent’s account to the personal representatives of his estate.
Commonwealth v. Carrasquillo, 489 Mass. 107 (2022)
A defendant did not have a constitutionally protected expectation of privacy in social media content that he shared after accepting a friend request from an undercover police officer.
Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, 468 Mass. 512 (2014).
Criminal defendant can be compelled to disclose the encryption key to computer files.
In re Doubleclick, Inc., 154 F.Supp.2d 497 (2001).
In class action suit brought by Internet users, court decided, among other rulings, that Electronic Communications Privacy Act's protections did not extend to corporation's "cookies."
Liberty Media Holdings, LLC v. Swarm Sharing Hash File, 821 F. Supp. 2d 444 (2011)
Internet subscribers do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their subscriber information as they have already shared that information with their internet service provider (ISP).
United States v. Councilman, 418 F.3d 67 (1st Cir., 2005).
The Wiretap Act, 18 USC 2511, applies to electronic communications held in storage.
United States v. Morel, 922 F.3d 1 (1st Cir., 2019)
Defendant did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in his IP address or images he uploaded to an online image hosting website.
Data Privacy and Security Division, Mass. Attorney General
The Data Privacy and Security Division protects consumers and their families from threats to the privacy and security of their data in the digital economy.
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
1718 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009
A public interest research center in Washington DC. Its website includes resources and guides to federal legislation. Publishes the EPIC Alert, a newsletter concerning civil rights in the information age.
Federal Trade Commission's Privacy Initiative
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
The website offers copies of the FTC's Online Privacy Reports to Congress and information regarding identity theft.
Complying with COPPA: frequently asked questions: A guide for businesses, parents and small entities. Federal Trade Commission, July 2020 (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).
Practical information to avoid Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information
Online privacy consumer guides, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Helpful guides on safe internet practices. Topics include smartphone privacy, online harassment, and computer security.
Privacy issues, Electronic privacy information center. Provides information on nearly 100 privacy topics, including:
- Face recognition
- Protester privacy
- Purchase tracking
- Right to be forgotten
- Search engine privacy
- Social media monitoring
Computer law: a guide to cyberlaw and data privacy, Matthew Bender, chapters 63, 64, 66.
Global internet law in a nutshell, West Academic, 2021, chapter 7.
Internet law and practice, Thomson/West, loose-leaf, chapter 19.
Principles of the law, data privacy, ALI, 2020.
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