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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
  US courts erode protections for online publishers | OUT-LAW.COM
Two recent judgments could erode vital protections there for web publishers in the US. The rulings could undermine protections from liability for user-posted material previously enjoyed by publishers.

File-sharing should not be a crime, says European Parliament | OUT-LAW.COM
The European Parliament has said that copyright-infringing music and film file-sharing should not be criminalised. The Parliament has said that file-sharers should not be prosecuted as criminal offenders unless they seek to profit from the sharing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
  Microsoft proposes new ad privacy structure | OUT-LAW.COM
Microsoft has proposed a five-tiered privacy plan that it believes should underpin online advertising.

Australia considers email snoop powers
Bosses will be able to spy on workers' emails without consent under new anti-terror laws being considered in Australia, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Monday.

Parliament considers gambling ads
Parliament has “parked” the National Gambling Amendment Bill to thrash out the question of advertising for online gambling.

ISPA expects competition ruling soon
The Competition Commission is about to finalise its investigation into the Internet Service Providers Association's (ISPA's) complaint that Telkom is engaging in anti-competitive behaviour. ISPA expects a ruling in June.

Online privacy an issue – poll
Many people are uncomfortable with Web sites customising content to people's personal profiles, according to a new survey.

Hackers Still Take Advantage of Old Web Flaws
Web designers making very old mistakes are letting malicious hackers hijack visitors to their sites, say experts. Many of the loopholes left in the code created for websites have been known about for almost a decade say the security researchers.

Recent Breaches Indicate New Front in Data Battle
Security managers often describe their efforts to protect corporate data from being compromised as a full-fledged battle of wits against cybercrooks who are continually arming themselves with innovative tools and methods of attack. And the security breaches disclosed last month by Hannaford Bros. and Okemo Mountain Resort -- along with unconfirmed reports of dozens of similar network intrusions -- suggest that a new front may have opened up in the battle.

Comcast Seeks "Bill of Rights" for File-Sharing
Comcast, under federal investigation for interfering with the traffic of its Internet subscribers, said it wants to develop a 'Bill of Rights and Responsibilities' for file sharing. The announcement expands on Comcast's new policy toward file-sharing: It said last month that rather than singling out such traffic and blocking some of it, the company will move toward a system that treats all types the same.

Saturday, April 12, 2008
  French sites fined for linking to privacy-invading content | OUT-LAW.COM
Three French websites have been found guilty of invading an actor's privacy for publishing links to articles containing the offending material. The Paris Tribunal has fined the operators of all three sites.

Government backs new rules for cross-border contracts | OUT-LAW.COM
The UK Government is backing a proposed EU law to control which country's laws apply in cross-border contract disputes. The Regulation, called Rome I, has been revised in ways that satisfy earlier concerns, the Government said in a new consultation paper.

Thursday, April 10, 2008
  Creative Commons Gets $4 Million Grant; Lessig Leaves
Creative Commons, the nonprofit dedicated to reforming copyright in the digital age, said it has received a $4 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Meanwhile, Lawrence Lessig, the organization's founder, a Stanford law professor, and a 'free culture' advocate, is stepping down from his role as CEO of Creative Commons.

Center for Democracy and Technology Walks Fine Line
In the 14 years since it was founded by former ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Jerry Berman, the Center for Democracy and Technology has evolved into a strange bird that defends the Internet's ideals of openness, equality and anonymity by working hand in hand with the commercial interests that often seem to threaten them.

Business rival makes highest ever online libel payout | OUT-LAW.COM
A company and its chief executive will be paid the highest damages yet awarded for libel on the internet in the UK. Peter Walls and Gentoo will be paid £119,000 by rival firm owner John Finn.

Banking customers still on hook for out-of-date software | OUT-LAW.COM
The banking industry has re-affirmed a policy that makes online banking customers responsible for losses if they have out of date anti-virus or anti-phishing protection. New Banking Codes for consumers and businesses took effect on Monday.

Privacy watchdog advises on how to deal with data loss | OUT-LAW.COM
Leaders of organisations which lose personal data should think carefully before telling customers, employees or regulators of the incident, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. New advice says that notification should have a clear purpose.

Cyberattack Risks Increasing, Chertoff Says
Risks from cyberattacks are increasing and the consequences are so great that the country needs a 'Manhattan Project' for network security, Michael Chertoff, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said in a keynote at RSA 2008. 'We need a game-changer with how we deal with attacks,' he said.

Internet Full of Malicious Software, Security Report Says
Consumers who use search engines, online social networks, browsers and the like face a gantlet of viruses and malicious software code, according to a cybersecurity report from Symantec, issued as security experts gather here for the sprawling RSA Conference on tech security. The repercussions go beyond the loss of personal data, security experts say.

Teen Avoids Charges in Harassment
New York prosecutors decided to charge Isaiah Rodriguez, 18, of aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child over a series of messages professing his ardent devotion to a 14-year-old girl.

Four Indonesian Firms Block Access to YouTube
At least four Indonesian firms providing Internet services have blocked access to the YouTube Web site for carrying a Dutch lawmaker's film that accuses the Koran of inciting violence, an information ministry official said. The move follows a government ban on broadcasts of the film by Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch anti-immigration Freedom Party, which alternates images of the September 11, 2001 attacks and other Islamist bombings with quotations from the Koran. Daily News: Chinese Court to Hear Internet Copyright Cases
A Chinese court has agreed to consider copyright-infringement cases against two China-based Internet heavyweights that offer illicit music downloading, potentially opening Chinese companies to hefty damage claims they have previously dodged. The music-industry lawsuits claim $9 million in damages against Inc., and $7.5 million against Sogou, the music-delivery service operated by Inc.

Straight or gay? U.S. court says Web site can't ask - CNET
A roommate-finding site cannot require users to disclose their sexual orientation, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday, in the latest skirmish over whether anti-discrimination rules apply to the Web."

Facebook Reportedly Near Accord Over Origin - New York Times
Facebook may soon close an uncomfortable chapter in its brief history: a legal dispute over its origins.

Yahoo champions cyber rights
Yahoo boss Jerry Yang, whose company once allegedly helped Chinese police nab and jail cyber dissidents, is today in the forefront of a global campaign to free those languishing in prison for expressing their views online.

Google's trade mark policy change, the cost to brand owners and the law | OUT-LAW.COM
Companies could find themselves with significantly increased advertising costs after a policy change from Google on the use of trade marked terms to trigger search engine adverts. But experts say that brand holders might try to fight the policy in court. Daily News: University Computer System Breached Three Times
A computer system at Antioch University that contained personal information on about 70,000 people was breached by an unauthorized intruder three times last year, the school said. The university said there is no conclusive evidence that any personal information was stolen, but law enforcement officials are investigating.

After 15 Years, Spam Still Continues to Grow
Spam continues to blight e-mail exactly 15 years after the term was first coined and almost 30 years since the first spam message was sent. More than 90% of all e-mail is spam, according to anti-spam body Spamhaus.

European Union, NATO to tackle cybercrime -
Cybercrime experts from around the world will meet in Europe this week to discuss how governments should counter attacks aimed at crippling the Internet and hitting users with data loss, identity theft and fraud.

Police warn public to be on lookout for scams
The SA Police Service's Commercial Crimes Branch said it was ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, but the public still needed to be made more savvy about increasingly common new and old forms of card or internet fraud.

Adult social networking sites attract young users | Technology | The Guardian
Millions of children are using social networking websites intended for older users, according to a study by the media regulator, Ofcom.

Adult social networking sites attract young users | Technology | The Guardian
Millions of children are using social networking websites intended for older users, according to a study by the media regulator, Ofcom.

US Patriot Act deters Canadians from Google service | OUT-LAW.COM
A Canadian university is facing action by its staff over an email system that passes communications through the US. Staff fear that US authorities will be able to read their emails and have objected to the system.

Vodacom in the clear
The National Lotteries Board (NLB) will no longer take steps against cellular operator Vodacom for what the regulator considered to be an illegal lottery.

Frustrated WAPA takes legal action
Frustrated value-added network services (VANS) have turned to the courts to force the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) and communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri to clarify self-provisioning.

Parliament considers gambling ads
Parliament has “parked” the National Gambling Amendment Bill to thrash out the question of advertising for online gambling.







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