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  • FTC fines kid sites for privacy violations

    Posted April 26, 2001 - 9:05 am

    Almost a year to the day after a law limiting the ability of Web sites to collect personal data from children took effect, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week levied the first fines against several companies for violating the measure.
  • EPA to test telecommuter-credit program

    Posted April 25, 2001 - 7:52 pm

    In a pilot program announced this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering a financial incentive to companies that let employees work at home at least one day a week.
  • Computer sabotage case returns to court

    Posted April 25, 2001 - 4:20 pm

    The government took up the battle in court last week to reinstate a guilty verdict for the first criminal prosecution of computer sabotage
  • US and 12 nations join to fight Net consumer fraud

    Posted April 25, 2001 - 1:45 pm

    Uniting to battle fraud over the Internet, 12 nations are joining the United States in an online pilot project to gather and assess cross-border e-commerce complaints.
  • 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.
  • Proposed broadband bill gets cold reception

    Posted April 24, 2001 - 7:57 pm

    Powerful lawmakers on Tuesday were poised to introduce controversial new telecom legislation that favors the Baby Bells. Representatives W.J. Tauzin, R-La., and John Dingell, D-Mich., have crafted the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001.
  • Comments on Microsoft's benchmark results prove passionate and interesting

    Posted April 24, 2001 - 3:39 pm

    Microsoft said it wanted InfoWorld readers' feedback on its SQL Server benchmark disclosure restrictions, and feedback is what it's getting.
  • What do so many software vendors have against a free-market economy?

    Posted April 24, 2001 - 3:18 pm

    Imagine you couldn't test-drive a car without buying it, and first had to divest yourself of your existing car. Then, if you found the new vehicle unsatisfactory, the dealer would take back the car and reimburse you for the cost, but wouldn't cover your extra expenses. This is pretty similar to the situation into which software vendors place customers when they prevent even independent reviewers from publishing benchmark software data.
  • Sites fined by FTC call privacy rule vague

    Posted April 23, 2001 - 3:52 pm

    Spokespeople from Websites that were singled out last week in the FTC
  • 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.
  • Bush: 'A privacy kind of guy'

    Posted April 23, 2001 - 2:26 pm

    The same Republicans who had been saying good (or at least semi-good) things about protecting our privacy, started to sing another tune once they got in power. Still, there is reason for some hope.
  • Health care industry braces for HIPAA

    Posted April 23, 2001 - 1:46 pm

    The government's quest for all-electronic medical records kicked into high gear this week, thanks to an unexpected decision by the Bush administration to move ahead on Clinton-crafted Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations.
  • Napster inks file-recognition deal

    Posted April 20, 2001 - 7:02 pm

    In an attempt to offer royalties to artists and filter copyrighted material from its online community, Napster announced Friday that it will use new acoustic fingerprinting technology from Relatable.
  • FTC assesses first fines for violating kids online privacy law

    Posted April 19, 2001 - 7:30 pm

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced the first fines that it has levied against companies for violating a law limiting the ability of Web sites to collect personal data from children.
  • Computer sabotage case back in court

    Posted April 19, 2001 - 6:03 pm

    The government battled against defense arguments Thursday to reinstate a guilty verdict in a case that was the first criminal prosecution of computer sabotage.
  • FTC sues to stop gathering of personal data

    Posted April 19, 2001 - 3:40 pm

    The Federal Trade Commission said it has filed lawsuits aimed at halting the operations of three online "information brokers" that offer to locate personal financial data, such as bank balances, in return for fees.
  • Cheney endorses Internet tax ban

    Posted April 19, 2001 - 2:13 pm

    The Bush administration endorses a ban on all Internet access taxes and wants Congress to approve such a measure by the end of this year, Vice President Dick Cheney told high-tech business leaders in a speech Wednesday in Virginia.
  • FTC sues to protect personal data

    Posted April 19, 2001 - 8:04 am

    The US Federal Trade Commission filed lawsuits aimed at halting the operations of three online "information brokers" that offer to locate personal financial information, such as bank balances, in return for fees.
  • 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.
  • Fed cuts rates by half point, takes sting from warnings

    Posted April 18, 2001 - 2:59 pm

    An earnings warning and layoff announcement from computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) Wednesday morning threatened to reverse gains, but a surprise half-percent interest rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve, commonly called the Fed, announced a few hours later may have been a fortuitous coincidence for the company and for investors.
  • UK government launches cyber police

    Posted April 18, 2001 - 2:47 pm

    The U.K.'s first national law enforcement organization dedicated to fight IT-related crime was launched Wednesday. The special police force, named National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, consists of 80 law enforcement specialists who will be based throughout the country.
  • Dutch government turns to biometrics

    Posted April 18, 2001 - 11:11 am

    In its search for effective measures against "lookalike" fraud, in which passports and other documents are illegally shared, the Dutch government is turning to biometrics.
  • Amended spam bill lacks teeth, say privacy advocates

    Posted April 17, 2001 - 7:12 pm

    Privacy advocates are lining up to oppose changes that have been made to a bill that would prevent unsolicited commercial email.
  • Federal Websites using cookies to track users

    Posted April 17, 2001 - 7:05 pm

    More than 60 federal agency Websites use software to track the habits of users despite rules banning the practice, according to preliminary findings in a report to Congress on Internet privacy released yesterday.
  • The saga

    Posted April 17, 2001 - 4:57 pm

    Sometimes an asset's value only counts if you can get a court to admit it belongs to you.
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