Legal news and analysis for IT professionals, including antitrust lawsuits, and patent and trademark disputes
  • The cost of protecting intellectual property

    Posted May 2, 2001 - 10:00 am

    It's vitally important for companies with any research-and-development activity to run periodic audits to identify their innovations as intellectual property to be protected.
  • New tools attack privacy issues

    Posted May 1, 2001 - 4:35 pm

    IT managers struggling to enforce corporate privacy policies on their Web sites can choose among several new enterprise-class software tools that automate various aspects of the consumer privacy-protection process.
  • Carnivore diagnostic software

    Posted April 30, 2001 - 3:56 pm

    Carnivore has been in the news lately, and it?s privacy rights activists, not animal rights activists, who are concerned about this beast.
  • Feds' math is fuzzy on computer crime

    Posted April 25, 2001 - 9:28 am

    The federal government can report in exacting detail the number of bank robberies committed in any given year. But when it comes to computer crimes against government agencies, it's close to clueless.
  • What kind of legal entity is your company?

    Posted April 23, 2001 - 3:46 pm

    When a business is formed, the type of legal entity it will be, such as a corporation or limited partnership, must be decided. That will determine how the firm and its owners are taxed, as well as what individual protection from monetary liabilities the owners are afforded.
  • Congress Must Act Soon on Privacy Rights

    Posted April 18, 2001 - 4:36 pm

    U.S. consumers want rules to protect online privacy, says U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey. Congress should develop a policy combining technological tools, industry self-regulation and enforceable privacy rights.
  • Privacy invaders use children as their shield

    Posted April 17, 2001 - 4:06 pm

    Children have become politicians' favorite battering ram for getting whatever they want. In the IT realm, this usually involves an assault on freedom.
  • UCITA Backlash

    Posted April 17, 2001 - 10:17 am

    The New the Hot the Unexpected
  • Relentless illogical spam

    Posted April 16, 2001 - 3:03 pm

    "A well-adjusted person using a functional keyboard can hit the Delete key much faster than he can walk to his mailbox and back carrying an armload of dead trees and nonbiodegradable inks and plastics, which he will use to infect the environment by tossing them out with the trash. As we all know, spam is 100% biodegradable. It never hurt a tree, and can be recycled with a keystroke. Yet virtually none of us go to the trouble to phone Reader's Digest and demand they stop sending bulk mail, nor write nasty letters to their upstream demanding they be put out of business immediately.

  • Medical privacy rules take effect, but changes could follow

    Posted April 16, 2001 - 12:42 pm

    The Bush administration last week reversed course and decided not to oppose enactment of a controversial set of medical data privacy rules -- at least for now.
  • Truste offers privacy guidelines on mergers, bankruptcies

    Posted April 12, 2001 - 12:50 pm

    Truste, a global privacy seal program, today released draft data privacy guidelines for companies facing mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies. The organization said it's seeking public comment on the proposal through mid-June.
  • Hands off the Internet?

    Posted April 12, 2001 - 11:48 am

    AT ANY MOMENT, gigabytes of information are in flight over wires, optical cables, and satellite links. What makes the Internet so special is that its magic is available to all. A small company with a $60 DSL line can transact business with a behemoth that pays $20,000 each month for a DS-3. The explosive growth of the Internet is not only a creation of a boom economy, but also of carefully constructed government regulation.
  • Protecting your rep in cyberspace, Part 6

    Posted April 12, 2001 - 11:11 am

    This series of articles looks at how we can use e-mail and other electronic communications responsibly and professionally. It is intended to provide useful information for corporate information security awareness programs.
  • Setting sail on a new IT agenda

    Posted April 12, 2001 - 11:11 am

    RATHER THAN A Bush revolution on IT policy, the new White House will more likely forge ahead on major Bill Clinton initiatives while simultaneously waging a quiet, pro-corporate war on the details of those objectives.
  • What's All the Fuss About

    Posted April 11, 2001 - 1:53 pm

    consumer profiles. Insiders say they couldn't build a decent profile even if they wanted to. So what's all the fuss about?

  • Protecting your rep in cyberspace, Part 7

    Posted April 11, 2001 - 1:15 pm

    This series of newsletters looks at how we can use e-mail and other electronic communications responsibly and professionally. It is intended to provide useful information for corporate information security awareness programs.
  • Internet taxes: What?s next?

    Posted April 10, 2001 - 2:14 pm

    You?ve probably seen recent news headlines about Internet taxes, but have you looked into the details? Here is some information about different types of Internet taxes, how they are handled now, and how they might be handled in the future.
  • Welcome to Second Class

    Posted April 5, 2001 - 3:37 pm

    Like airlines, Web merchants may soon use personalized information to provide different levels of service and price.
  • Online privacy survey finds conflicting views

    Posted April 3, 2001 - 1:34 pm

    BOSTON -- A Pew Research Center study released Monday highlights the growing tension between Americans' concern about Internet crime, and their concern about the government's methods to prevent it.
  • E-Pluribus Unum

    Posted April 3, 2001 - 1:12 pm

    E-government for the people, high-performing work environments
  • Report: Most children's Web sites don't meet privacy guidelines

    Posted March 30, 2001 - 4:45 pm

    Almost a year after the Federal Trade Commission passed guidelines for protecting children's privacy on the Internet, many sites aren't living up to the letter or spirit of the law, according to a new report.
  • Impact of Bush IT advisory panel remains unclear

    Posted March 30, 2001 - 4:25 pm

    President Bush named a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist to co-chair an advisory committee on science and technology, but it's not certain how much influence the panel will have on government IT policies.
  • An interview with Richard Stallman

    Posted March 26, 2001 - 6:05 pm

    permitted in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

  • Privacy laws will open the litigation floodgates

    Posted March 26, 2001 - 2:11 pm

    Your company probably engages in electronic monitoring, with the burden on the IT department. Should your company notify employees about these practices? Some on Capitol Hill say, "yes".
  • E-Government Mantras

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 3:47 pm

    E-GOVERNMENT IS TOUTED by many as the next great American revolution. Beyond the hype, however, is a growing movement in the United States and other countries to experiment with government-by-Internet. More than 220 countries and territories have websites with links to more than 15,000 government institutions. In the United States, a growing number of federal agencies, states and localities have an Internet presence. There are currently more than 20,000 websites offering government information.

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