Google chief vows to protect users’ privacy
The Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt, yesterday vowed to resist attempts by US president George W Bush’s administration to obtain private information on internet users. On the day when the Republican administration faced dispiriting results in the US mid-term elections, Dr Schmidt launched a stinging criticism of the government’s attitude to privacy.
us: LA police in YouTube beating film
An investigation begins after a video of a man being beaten by Los Angeles police is posted on YouTube. There is also a BBC TV report that includes the video.
us: Online scams target the wealthy
High-income earners in the US are the target of online “phishing” scams a study shows. The study, by analysts Gartner, found that people who earn more than $100,000 received nearly 50% more phishing e-mails than lower earners.
uk: ISPs ‘should be responsible’ for hacker attacks
ISPs should be made legally liable for the damage caused by “denial of service” attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says.
uk: Internet groomer handed jail term
A man is jailed for hacking into girls’ PCs and blackmailing them into sending explicit images of themselves.
Privacy chiefs vow to fight surveillance together
A group of international data and privacy protection commissioners has decided to act together to challenge the surveillance society which they claim is developing. Commissioners from the UK, France, Germany and New Zealand will adopt common policies.
Email viruses hitting Australians harder: report
One in 84 Australian emails contains a virus. This compares to one in 16 emails in India containing a virus with Ireland, Germany, Singapore and Spain next.
de: Privacy Prevails: German ISP Forced To Delete IP Logs
The highest appeal court in Germany has decided that T-Online, one of the largest German ISPs has to delete all IP logs to guarantee the privacy of their customers. This ruling makes it impossible for anti-piracy organizations to trace an infringing IP-address back to a customer of T-Online, once their dynamic IP address has changed. For the original story in German see http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,446838,00.html.
au: New Australian copyright rules ‘restrictive’: Google
Internet search engine Google has asked for more flexibility in new federal copyright laws, warning Australian businesses could be held back because the new rules are too restrictive.
Company fined $3m for adware use
An online advertising company, Zango, is to pay US$3m for “unfairly and deceptively” downloading its software onto people’s computers.