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We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout

We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout

After 2 months of patient data exposed for anyone to see, Cottage Health System's insurance policy should have come as a relief. It didn't.

Street performer "Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

"Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

Baton Bob alleged that police forced him to hand over his login before they posted a positive Facebook post about how they treated him during an arrest.

Woman sues employer for firing her after she disabled 24x7 monitoring app

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Having her location monitored was OK while she was clocked in, she said. But she uninstalled it when she found it was spying even when she had quit the app.

Woman sues Google after in-app purchases drain her bank account

Woman sues Google after Play Store drains her bank account

She's alleging that Google Play's inadequate security let crooks siphon thousands of dollars in charges from her account.

Amazon sues sites that sell fake reviews

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Amazon is suing four websites that sell fake 4 and 5 star reviews for trademark infringement, false advertising and cybersquatting.

DEA sued over "suspicionless" mass surveillance of Americans' phone records

DEA sued over secret dragnet of Americans' phone records

Human Rights Watch and EFF are suiing the drug agency, along with the FBI, DOJ and the USA itself, to make sure they torch the bulk surveillance program and purge its mountain of records.

Wikimedia joins forces with others to sue NSA, DOJ over mass surveillance

Wikimedia sues NSA, DOJ to stop spying

The ACLU has filed a suit on behalf of rights groups against the NSA's spying program - in particular, its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications, commonly referred to as upstream surveillance.

LinkedIn settles class action suit over 2012 unsalted password leak

LinkedIn settles class action suit over 2012 unsalted password leak

LinkedIn is privately settling the 2012 unsalted password leak. Were you one of the 800,000 affected users? Here's what you need to know.

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Revleap promises to sell improved ratings to businesses, but Yelp claims that it does nothing but lie and spam both Yelp's customers and Revleap clients' customers, dangling gift cards in exchange for writing positive reviews.

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter doesn't want its transparency report to be fuzzy to the point of meaninglessness, full of "broad, inexact ranges" about how many times the US government has shaken it down in its surveillance operations, it says – for example, by counting them to the nearest thousand.

Google responds to celebrity lawyer's $100m nude photo scandal lawsuit threat

Take down nudies or we'll sue you for $100m, celebs' lawyer warns Google

Google has responded to a letter written by a lawyer on behalf of a dozen celebrities whose nude photos were stolen and published online.

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

A Texas revenge-porn victim is suing the operators of revenge-porn site PinkMeth.com and was (until her lawyer figured out just what, exactly, the anonymising service Tor actually is) suing The Tor Project for helping PinkMeth to operate anonymously.

Medical centre staff post woman's STD diagnosis on Facebook

Medical centre staff post woman's syphilis diagnosis on Facebook

A woman whose medical record was posted to a Facebook group named "Team No Hoes" is suing the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, two employees and a former boyfriend who allegedly talked the healthcare workers into posting the screenshot.

"David vs Goliath & Godzilla" - Hollywood files lawsuit against Megaupload

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The Kim Dotcom/Megaupload mega-saga continues, with six mammoth movie studios filing suit against what they say is the former file-sharing site's mega-monster-mind-numbingly-massive copyright infringement.

Google sued for data-mining students' email

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The suit charges the company with surreptitiously building profiles of students by scanning their email in order to target advertising at them.

LinkedIn users sue over service's "hacking" of contacts and spammy ways

Four users have filed a class action lawsuit over the way LinkedIn harvests email addresses without permission and then sends them marketing blurb.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Blogger threatened with $1 billion suit for writing about allegedly predatory publisher

Blogger threatened with $1 billion suit for writing about allegedly predatory publisher

Jeffrey Beall, a US academic librarian who uses his Scholarly Open Access blog to write about scholarly publishers' dubious practices, is being threatened with a $1 billion lawsuit by an Indian publishing group.

Revenge-porn website victim files suit against ex and four porn sites

Revenge-porn website victim files suit against ex and four porn sites

Holly Jacobs suffered four years of stalking, internet trolls and having pornographic images sent to her bosses. Now, she's filed suit against the ex-boyfriend she says started it all, as well as four sites who spread her nude images, name and contact information without her permission.

$5 million class action lawsuit over LinkedIn data breach dismissed

LinkedIn let off the hook in $5M class action lawsuit over data breach

No real damage was done, a judge ruled, and besides, paying for premium membership isn't a guarantee that you'll get premium security.

Ouch! So much for promises made in privacy policies.