EFF Asks Court to Uphold Federal Law That Protects Online Video Viewers’ Privacy and Free Expression

Source: eff.org 1/4/24 As millions of internet users watch videos online for news and entertainment, it is essential to uphold a federal privacy law that protects against the disclosure of everyone’s viewing history, EFF argued in court last month. For decades, the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) has safeguarded people’s viewing habits by generally requiring services that offer videos to the public to get their customers’ written consent before disclosing that information to the government or a private party. Although Congress enacted the law in an era of physical media,…

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FL: Cyberstalking injunction obtained by Sen. Lauren Book overturned by appeals court

[sun-sentinel.com – 6/24/20] TALLAHASSEE — Citing First Amendment rights, an appeals court Wednesday overturned an injunction that state Sen. Lauren Book obtained because of alleged cyberstalking and harassment by an activist who opposes laws dealing with sex-offender registries. The full 4th District Court of Appeal, in an 8-3 ruling, said a Broward County circuit judge improperly granted an injunction that, in part, was designed to prevent Derek Warren Logue from having contact with Book and from publishing any statement threatening her. Book, who was sexually abused as a child by…

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TX: A teacher, sexting and the right to free speech

He was 30 and she was 13 — a teacher and his student — but their relationship went far beyond the classroom, authorities say. In six days in October 2012, they sent 688 text messages to each other, and the conversation became sexual, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The messages — known as “sexting” — included descriptions of sexual preferences and fantasies and discussions of dreams about each other, the affidavit says. ____ ____, now 31, who was a junior high school teacher in the Everman district, was eventually arrested on…

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