Senator Brownback of Kansas, America yesterday introduced a bill which appears to address the privacy concerns voiced by many internet and P2P users over the RIAA's recent campaign against online music piracy. Read more »
Several weeks after Gator Corp filed an action in defamation against PC Pitstop, a prominent anti-spyware software provider, the parties settled out of court. Gator alleged that the defendant misrepresented their advertising plugin software for Internet Explorer as a form of malicious spyware. Read more »
San Francisco, CA — Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (‘EFF’) released logfinder, a software tool to help people reduce the unnecessary collection of personal information about computer users. Often computer network servers automatically log information about who has visited a website and when, or who has sent and received email. Such data tells a lot about users’ browsing and email habits and could be used in privacy-invasive ways. Read more »
'Once upon a time, Web logs were benign: a person just sharing his idle, diary-like thoughts on the World Wide Web, a Haight-Ashbury of cyberspace. But nothing so simple and refreshingly naive lasts long, says attorney Michael P Maslanka. When an employee blogs a C-level executive's company, what's the response? There are two mind-sets: the first, opportunistic and business-based (let's learn, channel and leverage); the second, repressive and legalistic (let's regulate, squash and punish).' Read more »
CNET reports, ‘[i]t may not come as a surprise to many online shoppers, but a new study released this week shows that many major American companies misuse information they collect from consumers over the Web.’ Read more »
Originally by ABC News: Politics, 11:46 PM
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief this week in support of one of its previous court opponents, DirecTV, arguing that a federal appeals court should throw out a lawsuit against the company for accessing a public website. Read more »
Originally by ABC News: Politics, 9:46 PM
In what was a significant week for privacy law, new email monitoring laws were introduced in NSW and foreshadowed in Victoria. Tim Dixon reports on the changes.
Originally by CCH Australia, 9:58 PM
According to this Associated Press article, the copy-protection software used by Sony on its consumer audio compact discs is secretly sending usage data from internet-connected computers when a disc is played:
The software transmits the name of the CD being played to an office of Sony’s music division in Cary, NC. The software also transmits the IP address of the listener’s computer, Computer Associates said, but not the name of the listener. Read more »
'Armadni General writes "CNN is reporting that a new Italian law requires that all businesses offering public internet access, such as web cafes, to identify and record all customers. While supporters of this law trumpet its anti-terrorism potential, still others see no such advantage and bemoan this invasion of personal privacy.' Read more »
'stupefaction writes "The New York Times reports on recent successful court challenges to police use of cellphone tracking information in the course of an investigation. From the article:' Read more »
CCH Australia is running an article about impending federal privacy legislation that would protect genetic material from employers. In response to a recent report on genetic privacy, the law would prevent employers obtaining information about an employee's genetic disabilities without their consent.
Originally by CCH Australia, 2:37 PM
'Tech-boom multimillionaire John Gilmore cut an appropriately iconoclastic profile last week as the centerpiece of a notebook-wielding gaggle in front of the 9th Circuit. A star of the electronic privacy movement, Gilmore has been at the [centre] of an increasingly strange piece of litigation for the past three years since he sued the government, claiming that the requirement to show identification before boarding a plane is unconstitutional.' Read more »
The Australian Federal Government has announced a review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Attorney–General Philip Ruddock says the Australian Law Reform Commission will look at existing laws and practices across the country and consider changes in technology since the Act was introduced in 1988. Read more »
Cybersnooping legislation regulates when it will be permissible for employers to monitor the electronic activities — such as email, web surfing and outbound data transmissions — of their employees. Currently, however, the regimes adopted among the states differ widely, making it all but impossible for national employers to confidently establish a uniform monitoring protocol: Read more »
Well, Google is certainly making the headlines at the moment. This time, a federal United States judge stated that he intends to order Google to divulge user search and email records to the United States Justice Department. Fortunately for Google (and its users), the judge appears to have accepted Google’s request to confine the terms of the disclosure to only a small subset of the requested data. Read more »
Originally by WSJ.com: What's News Technology, 10:44 AM
Originally by CowboyNeal at Slashdot: Your Rights Online, 10:52 AM
Originally by Wired News: DAT's Entertainment, 10:54 AM
After a few corporate embarrassments caused by webloggers last year, certain companies look set to outlaw the practice — both at home and in the workplace. According to one recently-published book, an employer can do so by means of inserting new limiting provisions into employment contracts: Read more »
Originally by ABC News: Politics, 9:14 PM
It should come as no surprise that 2008 was an eventful year for online security pundits. Record instances of data breaches, identity theft, vulnerability disclosures and hotfixes were seen throughout the year. Both state and non-state actors were involved — on the public side, cyberwar in Georgia and alleged Chinese cyber-espionage; in the private sector, new low-level DNS exploits, SSL flaws and routing bugs were uncovered.
In a series of posts, I summarise the eight top cybersecurity issues for 2008 and their likely outcome in 2009, beginning with data security.