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  • AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo push effort to fight spam

    Posted April 28, 2003 - 1:37 pm

    Three of the world's leading e-mail providers have joined together to announce their intentions to reduce the amount of spam faced by e-mail users, much of which comes from e-mail addresses set up through participating companies America Online Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.
  • Judge throws out case against P-to-P networks

    Posted April 25, 2003 - 4:42 pm

    In an enormous blow to the music and motion picture industries, a Los Angeles federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against file-sharing services Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. Friday, saying that they can not be held culpable for illegal file trading done over their networks.
  • Riverstone gets SEC information request

    Posted April 25, 2003 - 1:48 pm

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked networking equipment provider Riverstone Networks Inc. to voluntarily hand over information related to its accounting practices, the company said in a statement released Friday.
  • Judge upholds law requiring ISPs to name downloaders

    Posted April 25, 2003 - 9:00 am

    A U.S. federal judge has again sided with the recording industry in its efforts to subpoena the name of a music downloader, upholding a portion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that requires Internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over names of alleged copyright infringers. Critics said the law provides a cheap and easy way for music companies, or anyone else, to find out the names of anonymous Internet users.
  • FCC seeks public comment on power line broadband

    Posted April 24, 2003 - 9:36 am

    Hailing the step as a "monumental moment," the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Wednesday to solicit public comment on broadband Internet service delivered over ordinary electric power lines, a step that could create widespread competition for cable modem and DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) services.
  • Reporter's Notebook: At CFP, little things add up

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 3:06 pm

    While checking into the New Yorker hotel for the annual conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) in New York last week, the man at the front desk took my driver's license and made a copy.
  • Ericsson, InterDigital settle patent dispute

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 2:49 pm

    InterDigital Communications Corp. has reached a worldwide patent and royalty settlement with wireless infrastructure supplier Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and handset joint venture Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, ending a decade-long patent infringement dispute.
  • 3G: Patent service aims to lower equipment costs

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 2:38 pm

    In a move to reduce equipment costs for operators and users alike, 3G Patents Ltd., an industry consortium of more than 50 wireless companies, is now accepting applications to evaluate essential patent claims.
  • Microsoft makes Windows license concessions

    Posted April 21, 2003 - 8:23 pm

    Microsoft Corp. will cut the cost and ease restrictions for software makers who license certain Windows protocols to make their products work better with the operating system, Microsoft said Monday.
  • DOJ backs RIAA in asking for name of downloader

    Posted April 21, 2003 - 8:13 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has sided with the recording industry in a lawsuit attempting to get Verizon Internet Services Inc. to release the name of a music downloader, the second time it has been taken to court for that purpose in recent months.
  • Legal eagles introduce evidence of security policies' worth

    Posted April 21, 2003 - 1:36 am

    According to a recent presentation at the RSA conference, a security policy isn't merely a technical document: it's a legal one as well, and it can show a judge in a legal proceeding that your company did its part to maintain a secure environment. Find out why your security policy may be crucial if your company ever finds itself in court.
  • Credit, junk mail, and commercial privacy issues archive

    Posted April 18, 2003 - 1:38 pm

    They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease. This collection of resources details the cases of a number of determined individuals who have gone to court to fight what they see as infringements on their privacy by companies. Prepare yourself today for the potential case law of tomorrow.
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center

    Posted April 18, 2003 - 1:30 pm

    As the Internet seeps into every nook and cranny of our lives, people have begun to worry about the intrusion into our private lives by both the government and private industry. EPIC is a public interest research center dedicated to privacy issues. Find out what the privacy issues of the day are to help mold your own privacy policies.
  • FTC moves to shut down porn spam operation

    Posted April 18, 2003 - 11:24 am

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the first time has asked a judge to block a spam operation that allegedly uses deceptive subject lines to drive customers to an adult Web site.
  • FCC group blames regulations, cost for broadband lag

    Posted April 18, 2003 - 11:10 am

    A group of technology executives and academics meeting at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) blamed a variety of factors for a slow rate of broadband adoption in the U.S., including the cost of laying new fiber, regulations forcing competition for DSL and the lack of packaged applications and content.
  • Microsoft details progress in antitrust compliance

    Posted April 18, 2003 - 10:20 am

    Microsoft Corp. has begun to take steps to prevent antitrust settlement violations, including employee training programs, as part of the agreement it reached with the U.S. government last November.
  • Guide to online privacy

    Posted April 17, 2003 - 7:49 pm

    The Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit group that studies the intersection of technology and society and advocates various causes, has put together this primer on the online privacy issue. It includes historical background and a review of pertinent legislation.
  • Dealing with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    Posted April 17, 2003 - 7:40 pm

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act places a regulatory burden on the privacy policies of many institutions involved in financial services, setting down rules about how they enforce their policies and how they need to inform users about changes. This resources from the Massachusetts state government will let you in on the basics.
  • The feds may enforce your privacy policy

    Posted April 17, 2003 - 7:15 pm

    The FTC is taking a more aggresive stand towards private companies' privacy policies: if those companies fail to enforce their own policies, the federal government will intervene. This note from a technology lawyer gives you the scoop on the new environment.
  • Former DoubleClick exec named U.S. privacy czar

    Posted April 17, 2003 - 7:10 pm

    Nuala O'Connor Kelly was recently appointed to a position within the Justice Department that oversees the U.S. government's privacy policy in regards to citizens' data. Considering her former position at DoubleClick - a company that has consistently raised the ire of privacy advocates - this is a somewhat controversial decision. This Slashdot discussion opens a window into some of the passionate debates about privacy in the government and corporate sectors.
  • Homeland Security Department names privacy officer

    Posted April 17, 2003 - 2:52 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has appointed former DoubleClick Inc. executive Nuala O'Conner Kelly as its new privacy officer, in charge of making sure that the technologies used by the department do not erode citizens' privacy.
  • FCC rule could increase broadband bill

    Posted April 16, 2003 - 9:57 am

    Companies relying on DSL lines for broadband service may see prices increase during the next three years after a February U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote governing local phone and broadband network service. In addition, CIOs doing business with several phone companies nationwide could see the price of local service rise, all because the regional Bells would no longer be required to share their lines at a discount with competitors.
  • Microsoft settles Florida class suits

    Posted April 16, 2003 - 9:10 am

    Microsoft Corp. has agreed to pay up to $202 million to settle class action suits in Florida that accused it of violating the state's antitrust and unfair competition laws by overcharging for its software.
  • Judge rejects class-action status for Microsoft suit

    Posted April 15, 2003 - 10:57 am

    A U.S. federal judge rejected class action status for a group of consumer lawsuits lodged against Microsoft Corp. Monday, saying that they were not representative of a single class of plaintiffs.
  • Civil liberties advocates question Patriot Act

    Posted April 15, 2003 - 10:11 am

    Just as one U.S. senator has started an effort to get rid of the sunset provisions on the counterterrorism USA Patriot Act, passed in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., a couple of civil liberties groups urged congressional staffers to carefully weigh any expansion of police powers the U.S. government can use on its own citizens.
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