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Feinstein and Burr’s draft encryption bill would essentially make all encryption illegal

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The hubris of investigators

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UK High Court Rules In Google’s Favor In Anticompetitive Maps Case

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Uber Proposes $28.5 Million Settlement Over Safe Ride Fee Class Action Lawsuit

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Appeals Court Upholds Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Settlement

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Facebook Sponsored Stories ceased to exist April 9, 2014, and following a court ruling Wednesday, the years-old lawsuit over the ad unit may finally join them.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 3-0 to reject a challenge to the $20 million settlement of a class-action suit against Facebook, which was originally presented in October 2012 and approved by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg in August 2013.

The lawsuit was based on Facebook’s use of users’ photos in its Sponsored Stories ad units, and the terms of the settlement grant about $15 to each of some 614,000 members of the class-action suit, as well as $5 million for the plaintiffs’ lawyers and $2 million to nonprofit organizations and charitable groups.

According to the Mercury News, the court ruled that the $15-per-user figure was “reasonable” due to the “minimal (if any) harm suffered by the plaintiffs,” adding that the funds for the nonprofits were suitable because those groups focus on privacy issues.

Readers: Is this finally a wrap?

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Class-Action Suit vs. Facebook to Austria’s Supreme Court

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The next stop for the privacy-related class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook in Vienna is Austria’s Supreme Court.

TechCrunch reported that Austria’s Supreme Court will rule on whether the lawsuit can be treated as a class-action suit.

Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group initially filed the class-action suit against the social network in August 2014, citing several examples of alleged privacy violations by Facebook.

A court in Vienna rejected the lawsuit in June, saying that it had no jurisdiction over the case.

Schrems said in a statement, as reported by TechCrunch:

It would not make a lot of sense for the court or the parties before it to file these claims as thousands of individual lawsuits—which we can still do if a class action is not allowed. We therefore think that the class action is not only legal, but also the only reasonable way to deal with thousands of identical privacy violations by Facebook.

Facebook responded with a brief statement, according to TechCrunch:

We’re awaiting the decision.

Readers: How do you think this will play out?

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U.K. High Court Rules In Uber’s Favor On Taximeter Dispute

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Setback For European Facebook Privacy Class Action, As Austrian Court Rules Lawsuit Inadmissible

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The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

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Apple Gets Partial Win In Patent Battle With Samsung

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