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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Today's Top Privacy Stories:

Newspapers Find National Ads a Tough Sell New York Times - April 26, 2005

Many newspapers have been ailing as readers defect to other sources of news and as advertisers seek new ways to attract potential customers. The biggest challenge, by most accounts, comes from Web sites and search engines like Google and Yahoo.

Israeli Spam Defense: Filtering Email Illegal Globes Online - April 26, 2005

An Israeli man facing a Microsoft spam lawsuit is arguing that under the Computers Law, filtering and blocking junk e-mail is a criminal offense of bugging inter-computer communications. The claims that Hotmail, which filters his e-mail, is the criminal.

Patent Office Chief Endorses Legal Reform CNET - April 25, 2005

Patent Office chief Jon Dudas said Monday that federal law should be changed to award a patent to the first person to file a claim and to permit review of a patent after it is granted. Currently patents are awarded to the first person who concocted the invention, a timeframe that can be difficult to prove.

Lawmakers Want Background Checks at Net Dating Services LA Times - April 25, 2005

some lawmakers want to regulate online dating by requiring online dating services to conduct background checks on their clients. The push runs counter to the prevailing sentiment about privacy. In the wake of high-profile breaches at information brokers ChoicePoint Inc. and Reed Elsevier's LexisNexis, state and federal legislators called for tighter control of personal information, with less, rather than more, disclosure.

Authorities Note Surge in Online Fraud Involving Money Orders New York Times - April 26, 2005

Fake checks have been the stock in trade of online fraud artists for years. Now authorities are noting a surge in schemes involving sophisticated counterfeiting of a different form of payment: United States postal money orders.

Netscape Pioneers Launch Free Content Network CNET - April 25, 2005

Netscape pioneers Mike Homer and Marc Andreessen are back on the start-up scene, launching a TiVo-like online network for distributing and viewing public TV, radio and grassroots media. The free service, called the Open Media Network, is aimed initially at letting traditional public broadcasters and independent filmmakers distribute their work on the Net. But it will also allow ordinary computer users to publish their files.

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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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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Today's Top Privacy Stories:

LexisNexis Begins Notifying Possible Victims of Data Breach MercuryNews.com - April 18, 2005

LexisNexis said on Monday that it has begun notifying about 280,000 people whose personal information may have been accessed by unauthorized individuals using stolen passwords and IDs.

IRS Flaws Expose Taxpayers to Snooping, Study Finds Washington Post - April 18, 2005

Computer-security flaws at the U.S. tax-collection agency expose millions of taxpayers to potential identity theft or illegal police snooping, according to a congressional report released on Monday.

Credit card, Check Data Stolen from DSW Shoe Reuters - April 18, 2005

An internal probe of theft at DSW Shoe Warehouse stores found that information involving 1.4 million credit card and 96,000 check transactions was stolen from their computers, according to parent company Retail Ventures. Retail Ventures, which first announced the theft in March, said that information was stolen from 108 stores, or five more than initially thought, in detailing the results of its fraud investigation.

AOL Said to Reach Deal to Use Universal Videos New York Times - April 19, 2005

Amid pressure from the Universal Music Group, America Online has struck a deal to pay for the use of Universal's music video libraries for its online service, people involved in the deal said.

Symantec Debuts Integrated anti-Spyware Tools CNet - April 18, 2005

Symantec took the wraps off its consumer spyware offering on Monday, releasing a test version of tools it will soon add to its Internet security package. The company posted on its Web site a free download of the beta version of the spyware-blocking applications, which it will make available until roughly June 1. At that time, the product will arrive as part of Symantec's Norton Internet Security AntiSpyware Edition, a midyear update of its annual computer defense applications set.

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