Data Center Risk Avoidance with CPTED
In a recent article published by Scott & Scott, LLP, Match.com has been sued in the U.S. District Court by a group of individuals seeking class-action certification. The plaintiffs allege breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation against Match.com. They are claiming that the Match.com website contains thousands of fake profiles, and that these profiles are placed there by third parties for illegitimate and unlawful reasons. Furthermore, they are claiming that Match.com makes little or no effort to vet new profiles posted, nor takes action against these fake profiles.
Increasing Challenges for online Content Providers
Online content providers increasingly are facing legal challenges from both users and third parties demanding that they take affirmative steps to police the content they host. The trick though, is to adequately define how it is exactly, that these service providers “know” that these activities are taking place on their online properties.
It will be interesting to watch how this complaint against Match.com develops and whether social networking sites more broadly will start taking steps to reduce the frequency of spam-level profiles. Online content providers need to watch these developments closely, as unfavorable precedent could have a real and lasting impact on how they are able to do business in the future.
Craigslist is an example from very recent memory, which was pressured to first censor, then to remove altogether certain sections of its classified advertisement web site.
Privacy in Social Media takes Many Forms
Privacy in social media sites is top of mind for users across the board. We recently came across Spokeo.com which is a directory of personal information: everything from pix on Facebook or web, one’s approximate credit score, home value, income, age, and so on. Spokeo claims that this information is publicly available, but much clearly is “leaked” by social media sites in which we’d prefer to trust as a walled garden. One quick look at Spokeo and many will likely wish they’d never heard of the Internet. You can remove yourself from Spokeo’s list, by the way, through the appropriate interfaces on their web site.