Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year! Party Cautiously.

A nightclub patron assumed the risk of injury when she slipped and fell on confetti dropped on a dance floor during a New Year’s Eve celebration. She had been on the dance floor for approximately 30 minutes prior to the fall, and had noted a slippery sensation for most of that time. Read all about it in Lisok v. Club Exit, Inc., 790 N.Y.S.2d 223 (N.Y. App. Div. 2005).

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Online Library Reference Desk

Looking for general or specific information online. You can have Google and more! The answer is Refdesk.(http://www.refdesk.com/) This is a general all purpose site for your use. It has Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines. It also has Wikipedia search, Refdesk search, You tube video search,  and many online encyclopedias and dictionaries that are fully searchable. It has quotes, daily news, and links to numerous reference materials. It is a potpourri of information in one spot.  The site  is so full of information that it is visually a little busy but it offers a tremendous amount of resources for your use. Add it to you favorites for one stop searching. (Post-DEL)

4th Amendment Protection for Emails

The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled on December 14 that emails are protected under the 4th Amendment.  The court held in United States v. Warshak that the defendant, Warshak, “enjoyed a reasonable expectation of privacy in his emails vis-a-vis NuVox, his Internet Service Provider” and that the government “violated his Fourth Amendment rights by compelling NuVox to turn over the emails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.”

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FTC Asking for New Online Privacy Regulations

The internet is subject to the abuse of sharing and trading personal information. The Federal Trade Commission has finally acted to stop some of the problems by proposing new regulations on online privacy. The FTC in its report proposed  implementation of  a  ‘Do Not Track’ mechanism. The report recommended, “… a persistent setting on consumers’ browsers – so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities.”  This provision is  an attempt at easing the burden on consumers trying to keep track of the sites that utilize their stored information. If you want more information on this issue it is available in the FTC report at, http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/12/privacyreport.shtm.

The FTC is taking public comment until January 31, 2011. If you want to file a comment on this policy change go to their website at,  https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/consumerprivacyreport/.

(Post-David)