Archive for November, 2006

4th Circuit rules anti-anti-SPAM

November 30, 2006

A recent 4th Circuit decision, written by Judge James Harvie Wilkinson III demonstrates the risks inherent to the federal CAN-SPAM Act 2003, which preempts anti-SPAM state legislation. The Court ruled in favor of alleged spammer, which sued an aggrieved customer, who called its email spam, for defamation.

SPAM and phishing: The battle goes on

November 28, 2006

The European Commission calls for stronger action against spammers and spyware merchants. On the other hand, a security flaw in Google’s search appliances could expose websites using such products to phishing attacks. Microsoft has recently launched an antiphishing campaign in Europe and the Middle East, filing 129 lawsuits against alleged perpetrators.

Conference: The Law Of Search Engines‏

November 26, 2006

The University of Haifa School of Law is holding a conference on the Law of Search Engines, touching on issues such as privacy and data protection, freedom of speech, intellectual property. Some of the field’s leading names are scheduled to participate, including Helen Nissenbaum of NYU and Michael Geist of Ottawa. The event is organized by Haifa Profs Niva Elkin-Koren and Michael Birnhack.

EU-US privacy rift: SWIFTly expanding

November 25, 2006

The Article 29 Working Party has now posted its harsh SWIFT opinion. A shorter press release has also been issued. In the US, meanwhile, the NYT reports not much progress with review of President Bush’s massive secret wiretapping program, despite Democratic takeover of Capitol Hill.

SWIFTly evaporating privacy

November 23, 2006

The Article 29 working party says SWIFT violated EU (and Belgian) data protection law by handing over vasts amounts of clients’ personal data to US authorities. In the UK, meanwhile, ubiquitous CCTV cameras are upgraded to monitor sounds in addition to sights. And laptops containing payroll details for London’s Metropolitan Police have been stolen from LogicaCMG, a British IT services company, affecting approximately half of the Metropolitan Police’s employees.

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November 21, 2006

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