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Uber has had a rough go of it recently. Two weeks ago, the California Labor Commission ruled that at least one driver was an Uber employee, not the independent contractor Uber had claimed. Last week, taxi drivers in Paris, where Uber is largely illegal, staged violent protests against the company, followed quickly by the arrest of Uber executives. The latest thorn in the ride-hailing app's side? Perhaps the Federal Trade Commission.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a formal legal complaint with the FTC, alleging that Uber's updated business practices and privacy policy violate consumer's privacy. EPIC is asking the FTC to investigate Uber for unfair and deceptive trade practices and to enjoin the implementation of the company's new policy.

The FCC's net neutrality rules go into effect this Friday, June 12th. The FCC's net neutrality rules prohibit three main practices: blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. The goal is to provide an "open Internet" where all content is treated equally by internet service providers.

Telecom companies are scrambling to get their ducks in a row and settle disputes that could end up before the FCC. But, as the rules get ready to go into effect, some roadblocks remain.

In the age of instant messaging, the longest thing you may read in a day is the text of the "Terms of Service" for some new software or web service. Oh, wait, I forgot: no one actually reads those.

It's a frightening thought that even lawyers don't read boilerplate contracts. The general consensus seems to be: even if I did read the terms of service for any given site or application, I would still sign up anyway. So, what's the point?

Remember all those Internet privacy class action lawsuits that once made headlines? You don't hear much about them these days. The privacy class action first took off 15 years ago, booming in the late aughts. Many were often filed in the Northern District of California, home to Silicon Valley and tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google. But a review by The Recorder shows that privacy litigation in N.D. Cal. has dried up faster than the state's water reserves.

Indeed, only one privacy lawsuit has been filed against the big S.V. tech companies in 2015. Where have all the lawsuits gone?

San Bernardino Sheriff Used Stingray 300 Times: Ars Technica

The Stingray, you'll recall from our many stories about it, is one of our favorite bits of nefarious surveillance technology. Many of the details about the device are kept secret, but we do know that it tricks nearby cell phones into thinking it's a cell tower, and when the phones connect to it, the Stingray intercepts all the data the phone sends.

Ars Technica reported earlier this week on another wrinkle in the ongoing saga of the Stingray: A law enforcement agency in California has used it over 300 times in the last year, thanks to questionable warrant applications.

Google Invents Unspeakable, Cuddly Terror

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, how could someone combine the worst elements of Google Glass and Teddy Ruxpin into one creepy, privacy-chilling, cuddly bundle of technological horror?"

Dream no more! A patent application was recently published in which Google (naturally) applied for a patent on "[a]n anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy" that could "be configured to control one or more media devices."

Now Chucky is going to hog the remote, too!

The IRS announced yesterday that it had suffered a data breach with allowed criminals to gain access to the tax return information of more than 100,000 tax payers. That information could have then been used to file fraudulent returns -- and receive fraudulent refunds.

The hacking, which was limited to one IRS application, exposed weaknesses in the Service's authentication system and emphasizes the continued risks associated with the loss of personal information in other data breaches.

Up to 1.1 million customers may have had their data stolen when CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan, was hacked on Wednesday. According to the company, the hackers gained access to information such as names, birthdays and emails, but not private medical or financial information. The incident makes CareFirst the third large health insurer this year to have lost customer data to hackers. Across the three, more than 90 million customers may have had their personal information compromised.

With each breach, a new handful of potentially costly class-action lawsuits are filed. When Anthem compromised millions of customers' information, more than 50 class actions were filed in under a month.

What's a lawyer to do?

An important section of the Patriot Act is set to expire June 1st. Without a renewal from Congress, that could mean the end to the NSA's collection of bulk phone metadata. The surveillance program was recently ruled illegal by the Second Circuit and has lost support in the House. Yet, Senate Republicans remain strongly supportive.

As the Senate considers whether to renew the Patriot act, working through an old fashioned filibuster, the question remains: what will happen to the NSA's phone data collection program?

Belgium Accuses Facebook of Tracking Even Non-Users

Several years ago, Facebook users became aware that the social media giant could track them across websites that used Facebook tracking cookies. Some users became upset, but Facebook assured them that these cookies could track Facebook users only while they were logged in to Facebook.

Except that turned out not to be true, either. Eventually, Facebook closed the glitch (was it a glitch?) allowing sites to track users' activity even while they were logged out of Facebook. Now, from Belgium, comes news that you're being tracked even if you're not a member of Facebook!