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Amazon Sued for Delivering Fake Products

You don't always get what you pay for, especially when you buy a counterfeit.

Amazon and its users are learning this painful lesson, as counterfeiters continue to cheat buyers and sellers out of billions of dollars online. Despite their best efforts, victims are losing money every day.

One manufacturer is so tired of it, the company is suing Amazon to get their money back.

Justice Shuts Down Major Dark Web Dealer

The Justice Department has shut down the largest criminal marketplace on the internet.

AlphaBay, which operated for more than two years on the dark web, was trafficking in illegal drugs, stolen and fraudulent identification, counterfeit goods, hacking tools, firearms, and toxic chemicals throughout the world.

"This is likely one of the most important criminal investigations of the year -- taking down the largest dark net marketplace in history," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ashley Madison Agrees to $11.2 Million Settlement for Data Breach

Ashley Madison, the adult site that encourages extramarital affairs, has agreed to pay $11.2 million to settle with users whose personal information was hacked and released on the internet.

The settlement will go to resolve dozens of cases resulting from the data breach of some 37 million user accounts. The deal must be approved by a federal judge in the case, which is set for review on July 21.

The settlement ends an embarrassing two-year legal battle, but cannot close the door on the biggest elephant in the adult services arena: what if somebody finds out about your online affairs?

U.S. Airports Scanning Americans' Faces

If you have flown out of the country from New York City recently, the government scanned your face and stored it for law enforcement.

The same is true for anyone who has flown out of airports in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. It is a pilot program of the Department of Homeland Security, and the authorities are not done.

According to news reports, all foreign-bound Americans will be subject to facial recognition scans if the Trump Administration gets its way. Or as privacy advocates say, welcome to 1984.

Twitter Wins Round for Free Speech Against DOJ

Don't look now, but the FBI is on the run.

Twitter sued the FBI and the Department of Justice to establish the company's right to say how many national security requests it receives from the government. It is part of the company's transparency report to tell users how often governments request their information.

The government recently lost its motion for summary judgment, while Twitter won its motion for an expedited process. As the case heads to trial, free speech advocates and other social media companies are cheering from the sidelines.

Privacy, Security Risks When Telecommuting

If you telecommute from home, chances are you don't have a receptionist there.

Nobody screens phone calls or checks for identification, either. If you have a home office, it probably doesn't have a lock on the door.

The main office, on the other hand, typically has all of these features. They are part of the business, and they provide some security.

For the telecommuter's business, however, security and privacy begin at home.

Facebook Uses AI to Catch Terrorists

In a world where the First Amendment doesn't apply, Facebook has more power than the government to crush terrorism's ugly head.

For example, the company can keep terrorist pictures and videos off the largest social media site on the planet. An algorithm can detect such content and prevent it from seeing Facebook daylight.

So when ISIS tries to shock the world with a beheading video, they are not going to see it on Facebook.

Do Tech Companies Give Terrorists a 'Safe Space'?

Even as U.S.-backed forces launched an attack on ISIS headquarters in Syria, America's social media giants fought back claims they provide a "safe space" for terrorists online.

Facebook, Google, and Twitter insisted they work closely with government to flush out those who push extremist content, including terrorists like those who recently attacked on London Bridge. Prime Minister Theresa May had complained that terrorists had found a "safe space" to spread their message online and proposed more regulation of internet service providers.

The Internet lashed back, but it was not the first time social media has been at the center of the controversy. According to reports, social media is a breeding ground for terrorist propaganda.

ABA's New Email Opinion: A Quick Primer

After Yahoo announced hackers got into 1.5 billion email accounts last year, you had to know it was coming: new rules for lawyers to protect email communications with clients.

The American Bar Association has issued an ethics opinion, which says that attorneys need to consider more secure methods for electronic communications. It is basically a self-test, focusing on the sensitivity of the information and need for additional safeguards on a case-by-case basis.

"[F]act-based analysis means that particularly strong protective measures, like encryption, are warranted in some circumstances," the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility said.

Amazon to Refund $70 Million for Kids' Purchases

It was the $358.42 charge on her credit card that caught the attention of one Amazon customer.

According to a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission, the woman didn't know that her child had racked up unauthorized charges to her account. So the agency sued Amazon on behalf of everybody whose children were allowed to "spend unlimited amounts of money to pay for virtual items within the apps such as 'coins,' 'stars,' and 'acorns' without parental involvement."

After three years of litigation, Amazon has agreed to refund up to $70 million for unauthorized charges made by children. The company is sending refund notices by email now.