us: Should the Government Have Access to Personal E-Mails?
How safe is stored e-mail from the prying eyes of government authorities? Not very. It would be a whole lot safer if a decision by a federal judge in Ohio were left standing, according to a trio of civil rights groups. The decision by District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott declared unconstitutional provisions in a statute that allow law enforcement authorities access to stored e-mail without a search warrant or prior notice. That ruling in Warshak v. United States has been appealed by the U.S. Justice Department.
au: IIA sounds off on copyright law ammendments
The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has joined the chorus of voices warning of the dangers of the Federal Government’s planed copyright law amendments. See http://iia.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=519&Itemid=32
for the IIA news release.
Ban on MP3 transmitters is lifted
Ofcom legalises the use of FM transmitters which allow iPods and other MP3 players to play through car radios.
What the Democrats’ win means for tech
Now that this week’s elections have switched control of the House and Senate back to the Democrats, the outlook for technology-related legislation has changed dramatically overnight. On a wealth of topics–Net neutrality, digital copyright, merger approval, data retention, Internet censorship–a Capitol Hill controlled by Democrats should yield a shift in priorities on technology-related legislation.
Regulation for gaming on the Web
British officials called for international coordination to regulate online gambling as policy makers and investors scramble to salvage high-stakes bets on the industry in the wake of an effective U.S. ban on the business.
UK gaming to be ‘mark of quality’UK backs internet gambling rulesOnline gambling sites registered in the UK would offer a “hallmark of quality” to players around the world, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell claims.
us: Black arts of politics move into cyberspace
Coming soon to a polling station near you — or at least a computer screen — may be some of the blackest and newest arts of American politics. The latest weapons in the campaign for control of Congress, known by names such as Google bombing and Wikipedia vandalism, have been deployed to varying effect in the US elections, which are more reliant than ever before on such techniques.
Watchdog eyes net rules
Any attempt by internet service providers to favour some online services or restrict others will be examined by the competition regulator, which is looking at the thorny issue of net neutrality.
Virtual world: tax man cometh
People making virtual fortunes in virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft or Second Life could face a real tax bill, the Australian Tax Office warns.
uk: US gambling law flawed – Jowell
The US crackdown on online gambling is a “new prohibition”, which is likely to fuel a rise in fraud and exploitation, the UK culture secretary has said.