Consumer Protection, Marriage, News, Privacy

Ashley Madison customer data has now been exposed

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It’s not a good day for online cheaters. On Tuesday night, making good on a threat they’d issued several weeks ago, a collection of hackers calling themselves “Impact Team” have now released the personal data of roughly 37 million customers from the dating website Ashley Madison.

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Consumer Protection, Freedom, Rights

If you smoke pot, you can still get fired

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Federal law says that pot is as dangerous as heroin, more addictive than cocaine, and has no accepted medical purpose. Yet 23 states and DC have legalized medical marijuana in some form. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and D.C. have also de-criminalized recreational marijuana use. For the average worker – and their employers – this federal-state law paradox can have huge impact in the workplace.

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Consumer Protection, Privacy, Technology

Is your Facebook account really yours?

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Who owns your Facebook account? You or your employer? The answer may not be as obvious as you think. Several courts have held that our social media pages, which most of us consider personal, could belong to our employers or new business owners after a bankruptcy.

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Consumer Protection, Freedom, News, Privacy, Rights

Online anonymity vs. the First Amendment

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We’ve all been there: you wait an hour for a table, put up with the snide hostess, wait another 30 minutes to order, and send your food back twice. Then, after not getting enough to eat due to a miniscule-sized portion, you find yourself staring down at a mediocre slice of cheese pizza from the much-more-humble establishment down the street. And you missed your movie. In days of old, bad experiences went as far as conversations could carry them, which means they typically fell by the wayside, allowing sub-par restaurants and service providers to operate as usual without much notice or consequence. Today, however, online reviews of everything—from lawyers to lunchrooms to laundromats—can be quickly posted on sites like Avvo, Yelp, or Google.

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Consumer Protection, Divorce, Marriage, Privacy

Online cheaters—and the rest of us—are not safe

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Ashley Madison, a dating and social media website that caters to married people looking to engage in adulterous relationships, provides users with a place to chat, exchange photos, discuss fantasies, etc. But there’s a problem. Earlier this week, Ashley Madison was hacked by the so-called “Impact Team,” a group of hackers attempting to extort the company, but not for money. They want Ashley Madison to shut down, and they are threatening to expose its users’ private information, including addresses and credit card information—unless, that is, the site disappears from the Internet.

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Consumer Protection, Family, Injury, Safety, Tips & How-To

Detergent pods: Convenient, but dangerous

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With bright colors and appealing packaging, detergent pods cause many children to mistake them for toys or candy.

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Business, Consumer Protection, Crime & Lawsuits, Entertainment, Family, Funny, Safety

Swearing “Minions,” and other toy rollout disasters

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The F-bomb dropping “Minion” toys living in McDonald’s Happy Meals aren’t the first foul-mouthed toys to pollute impressionable young minds.

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Consumer Protection, Tips & How-To

How to find a good legal form online

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Avoid big legal headaches and even bigger bills by following these 5 simple rules.

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Consumer Protection, Rights

Court confirms right to anonymity for online commenters

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A Washington State Court of Appeals ruling confirms that commenters can remain unnamed under protections granted by the First Amendment.

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Consumer Protection, Real Estate, Rights, Tips & How-To

Eviction and tenant rights: What to do when you get an eviction notice

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Everything you need to know about coping with a tenant’s worst nightmare.

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