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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Today's Top Privacy Stories:

U.K. Court Lifts Veil on 33 More File Sharers CNet - April 20, 2005

The U.K. record industry has announced that it has won a court order to force Internet service providers to reveal the identities of 33 suspected file sharers. Five ISPs will now have just days to turn over the details of the suspected file swappers, who the British Phonographic Industry claims have posted 72,000 music files to the Internet illegally. The BPI is pursuing the 33 people for compensation.

Yahoo! Provides Family with e-mail Account of Marine Killed in Iraq SiliconValley.com - April 21, 2005

E-mail provider Yahoo! has pledged to give the family of a Marine killed in Iraq full access to their son's e-mail account, ending a court battle that began after his parents sought messages he wrote before his death.

File-sharers Facing Spam Attacks BBC - April 21, 2005

Start-up Blue Security has found that junk mailers are actively harvesting and spamming e-mail addresses they find on file-sharing networks. The address books they are exploiting are inadvertently being shared on the peer-to-peer networks by novice users.

Google Launches Personal History Feature New York Times - April 21, 2005

Google Inc. is experimenting with a new feature that enables the users of its online search engine to see all of their past search requests and results, creating a computer peephole that could prove as embarrassing as it is helpful.

AOL to Block Identity Theft Sites Reuters - April 20, 2005

America Online on Wednesday is expected to unveil plans to block identity theft sites and monitor suspected Web sites around the clock.The online unit of Time Warner Inc. struck a partnership with Cyota, a New York-based online security company, to help identify and block sites imitating legitimate companies, such as banks that are suspected of soliciting personal information, or "phishing."

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