Legal & Security

25 February 2009

EU group aims to eavesdrop on Skype calls ars technica

The EU's judicial coordination group says criminals are increasingly turning to encrypted VoIP tools like Skype to evade surveillance -- and is launching an effort to ensure that European law enforcement can listen in.

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24 February 2009

Blunkett warns over 'Big Brother' Britain The Independent

David Blunkett, who introduced the idea of identity cards when Home Secretary, will issue a stark warning to the Government tomorrow that it is in danger of abusing its power by taking Britain towards a "Big Brother" state.

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Victim of Italian Bullying Video Drops Google Case PC World

The boy at the center of a trial of Google executives for alleged violations of Italy's privacy law withdrew from the case Wednesday, his lawyer said.

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Dell applies to have the term 'netbook' released from Psion ownership OUT-LAW News

Dell is trying to have a trade mark owned by rival Psion cancelled because it believes the term 'netbook' is now a generic name for small, cheap computers. Psion applied to register the term as a trade mark in 1996.

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23 February 2009

Kaminsky Calls For DNSSEC Adoption Dark Reading

The much-debated protocol to help secure the Domain Name System received a big boost today when DNS security guru Dan Kaminsky said the industry must adopt the DNSSEC protocol.

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22 February 2009

Lawyer says Queensland police can tap email, Facebook Courier Mail

Fears have been raised about police abusing new phone-tapping powers to snoop on social networking sites such as Facebook and private emails.

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International drugs body calls for global action as internet dealing rises to 'alarming' levels The Guardian

The internet is playing an increasing and "alarming" role in the trafficking of both illegal and unauthorised prescription drugs, according to the body that monitors the trafficking and use of narcotics.

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21 February 2009

Facebook privacy story a beat-up Sydney Morning Herald

Facebook's chief privacy officer has spoken out defending the company's controversial decision to change its terms of use, saying the entire story was a beat-up and Facebook never intended to use people's personal information outside of the site.

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20 February 2009

Google wins US Street View privacy case The Guardian

An American couple who attempted to sue Google over what they claimed was its "privacy invading" Street View technology have lost their case in a Pennsylvania court.

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Clear English Could Be a Big Winner in the Facebook Affair New York Times

Over the last few days, a lot of Facebook users were left wondering whether the company had ambitions to turn their goofy photos into a coffee table book and adapt their wall postings into a Broadway play. ("25 Random Things," starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and a cast of flying sheep?)

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Obama taps cybersecurity expert to assess U.S. defenses USA Today

The White House has engaged a hard-charging consultant for an unprecedented review of U.S. cybersecurity policy to determine whether the government needs to be more pro-active in slowing cybercrime attacks on individuals and businesses.

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Black Hat DC: U.S. Must Consider Impact Of 'Militarization' Of Cyberspace Dark Reading

Homeland security and cybersecurity expert Paul Kurtz calls for public debate on cyberweapons, cyberattack response, and the role of the intelligence community

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Privacy law call in Facebook row BBC News

The row over Facebook's change in its terms of service governing users personal data highlights the need for a privacy law, claims a leading watchdog.

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Aust vulnerable to cyber crime, police say ABC News

Late last year $US9 million was lost in a global ATM heist after a hacker reportedly infiltrated the server at US payment processor RBS WorldPay.

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uk: Surveillance will cost more than £34 billion say Convention on Modern Liberty The Times

The cost of running Britain's state-run databases over the next ten years has soared to £34 billion, according to estimates from a new campaign against what it called the surveillance society.

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Facebook backtracks after online privacy protest The Guardian

Facebook is under unprecedented scrutiny for its policies on retention of personal data after users criticised the site for breaching privacy. After a wave of protests, the world's largest social networking site yesterday announced that it was reversing its recent decision to keep copies of users' messages online, even after they had left the network.

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19 February 2009

US Lawsuit Says Google Was Unfair to Rival Site New York Times

A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor.

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18 February 2009

UK regulators demand clearer online privacy policies OUT-LAW News

Two-thirds of people surveyed by the UK privacy watchdog want marketing opt-outs to be clearer, while 62% want a clearer explanation of how personal information will actually be used. The survey found that 71% did not read or understand privacy policies.

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15 February 2009

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Collaborate to Clean Up Web New York Times

In a rare instance of collaboration among otherwise fierce rivals, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft said Thursday that they would support a new Web standard that will allow millions of Web publishers to remove duplicate pages from their Web sites. As a result of the effort, search engines should be able to find and index more Web pages, making their search results more comprehensive.

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Canadian judge: No warrant needed to see ISP logs ars technica

A Superior Court in Ontario, Canada has ruled that IP addresses are akin to your home address, and therefore people have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their online activities being accessed by law enforcement. This means that, in Canada, police can potentially request information from your ISP about online activities, and can do so without a warrant.

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Italy police warn of Skype threat crime avoid mobile phone intercepts BBC News

Criminals in Italy are increasingly making phone calls over the internet in order to avoid getting caught through mobile phone intercepts, police say.

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14 February 2009

US Agency Skeptical of Internet Privacy Policies New York Times

The Federal Trade Commission had some sharp words for Internet companies Thursday, saying that they are not explaining to their users clearly enough what information they collect about them and how they use it for advertising.

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13 February 2009

Facebook pays $65m to settle rival's claim The Guardian

Facebook paid $65m (£45m) to squash allegations that its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stole the idea that has grown to become the world's largest social networking site, with more than 150 million users, it has been revealed.

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12 February 2009

Germany's National Defense in Cyberspace Der Spiegel

Germany's military, the Bundeswehr, trains its own hackers -- and it's not the only official effort to defend a nation from denial-of-service attacks. Governments around the world are preparing for the future of war.

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EU's charges against Microsoft over IE 'just silly,' says expert Computerworld

The European Union's pursuit of Microsoft Corp. over new charges that Internet Explorer stifles browser competition is "silly" and "dumb," a noted antitrust expert said today.

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