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Linkedin Lawsuit Over Email Privacy


LinkedIn Privacy Violation Lawsuit

Four LinkedIn users have initiated a privacy violation lawsuit claiming that the business professional networking website accessed their email accounts illegally to mine out contact details and send spam mails. The LinkedIn lawsuit filed in a San Jose federal court on September 17 alleges that Linkedln downloaded addresses from user email accounts without their express consent and sent "endorsement emails" to their friends mentioning the name and likeness of users.

First of such explosive claims against the 238-million user business social network, the LinkedIn lawsuit accuses the website of “breaking into” Gmail, Yahoo, and other user e-mail accounts without permission and sending endorsement emails from them, pretending to be the real user. Such practice of “hacking,” according to the complaint, is motivated by marketing practices to gain commercial benefits and extend its reach.

Spread over 46 pages, the detailed complaint highlights several instances where users made complaints to LinkedIn against sending unqualified and illegal endorsement messages to email accounts of clients, friends, spouses, forgotten girlfriends or boyfriends, business partners and even opposing counsels without their consent. The plaintiffs have also alleged that the social networking site’s Terms of Services did not have satisfactory details indicating such data-gathering and LinkedIn "provides no functional way to stop multiple subsequent advertising emails from being sent."

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Electronic Cigarette Side Effects


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Recent warnings by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out serious health risks associated with electronic cigarettes.

Potential side effects include eye injury, skin damage  and possibly damage to other parts of the human body by the electronic cigarette device itself or via the the liquid nicotine used inside the “e-cigs”  as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

The Centers for Disease Control has reported an increase in the number of electronic cigarette related calls to its poison control centers.

For the month of September 2010, CDC poison control centers averaged approximately  1 electronic cigarette side effects complaint call per month. That number has now grown to an average of 215 “e-cig” side effects complaints per month for the month of February 2014.

The CDC report states that the agency has received a total of 2,405 complaints related to electronic cigarette injuries and side effects. In comparison, tobacco cigarette product side effects generated on average 300-500 calls to the CDC  poison control centers during the same time period.

Marketed as a healthy alternative to tobacco cigarettes, E-Cigs are battery powered devices that work by vaporizing liquid nicotine or other chemicals to deliver nicotine or other chemicals to users without the added tars or carbon monoxide produced when tobacco leaves are combusted in traditional cigarettes and pipes.

Nevertheless, CDC records indicate that of the 9,839 calls fielded for both traditional and electronic cigarettes, 58% of those calls relating to electronic cigarettes were calls where consumers had complained of some adverse health effect or side effects from those products.

  • The report further indicates that 68.9% of these cases were situations where electronic cigarette users were injured as a result of ingesting something from the E-Cig.
  • 16.8% of those reporting side effects were injuries related to consumers inhaling something from the electronic cigarettes
  • 8.5% of those consumers reporting electronic cigarette side effects reported eye injuries.
  • 5.9% of calls were skin injury related.
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Attorney Lawsuit over babies blood

The practice of storing babies blood for possible scientific research is being challenged in a federal lawsuit in Texas.

The Lawsuit filed against the Texas Department Of Health Services along with Texas A&M University was filed in U.S. District Court by 5 plaintiffs. The lawsuit states that since the babies blood was collected without parental consent, that the health department as well as the university had violated the parents protections from illegal search and seizure as protected under the constitution.

Texas began collecting the blood samples some decades ago in order to screen the blood for various birth defects and human disorders. Under current Texas law midwives, doctors and hospitals have a right to collect the blood without parental consent.

When the department of health began retaining blood samples in 2002 for the purpose of research no one took into consideration that collecting the blood samples was in fact both a invasion of privacy and an unethical method of collecting research material. Attorneys on both sides were unavailable for comment.

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