EA Sports and the NCAA were hit with a lawsuit in the recent past over the use of college athletes' likenesses in various video games over the past several years. The issue is finally seeing some progress, with ESPN reporting that both EA and the NCAA's licensing division have formed a settlement for $40 million.
Google’s “right to be forgotten” service is wildly popular. The Europe-only option, which comes after a judgement based on one person’s desire to have information about his stricken from Google’s search results, has drawn 12,000 requests. The tool has been available for less than one day.
Google has quietly launched a "right to be forgotten" tool which will allow European users to attempt to have personal details they deem outdated or just plain wrong dropped from the search company's index. The new form comes after the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union earlier in May, which decided search engines were obliged to concede to such removal requests: however, it's not blanket permission to have anything embarrassing deleted from the internet.
The FCC has been given the go-ahead on a plan to switch over its telephone subsidy program for rural areas into one that will do the same for broadband Internet service instead, bringing high-speed Internet to individuals who may have never had.
On Friday, court documents were unsealed that reveal a push against gag orders by Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, with the argument behind it being violation of the First Amendment. This comes after an increased push by the companies to reveal data about government requests.
Millions of eBay users have already changed their passwords after the auction site was hacked, eBay has confirmed, updating its homepage to finally make clear to visitors that their information could have been stolen. The security breach - which eBay revealed earlier this week, several months after it's believed to have actually taken place - saw everything but payment details taken by hackers.
The eBay hack has brought the online auction site under international investigation, with the company's handling of personal data being questioned by regulators in the US and abroad. eBay announced earlier this week that its database of user details - including names, addresses, email and phone numbers, and date of birth - had been hacked into and records stolen. Now, investigators are looking at whether eBay mishandled those records.