UK government agency to monitor blogs – Financial Times

Posted August 16th, 2007 in internet, news by sally

“The COI, the UK government’s communications agency, is working on a way to monitor what people say about policy on blogs and internet forums for the media briefings it sends to ministers.”

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Financial Times, 15th August 2007

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ISPs tell BBC to pay for iPlayer bandwidth – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 15th, 2007 in internet, news by sally

“Internet service providers (ISPs) have warned the BBC that it could have to pay to distribute its content over the internet. They say that large numbers of people watching television content online will strain their networks.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th August 2007

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Peers want crackdown on web’s ‘wild west’ – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2007 in computer crime, internet, news by sally

“The government and police must act to improve online security and stop the internet becoming a ‘playground of criminals’, a parliamentary committee warns today. A report from the House of Lords science and technology select committee accuses both business and government of creating an image of the net as a ‘wild west’, with millions of internet users unnecessarily exposed to crime.”

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The Guardian, 10th August 2007

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MoD to impose gagging order on blogs written by army personnel – The Independent

Posted August 10th, 2007 in armed forces, internet, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence has imposed a ban on members of the armed forces using modern technology to communicate about their experiences.”

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The Independent, 10th August 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Gambling ad ban hits overseas operators – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 9th, 2007 in advertising, gambling, internet, news by sally

“Online gambling companies based outside of the European Economic Area are to be banned from advertising in the UK. The Gambling Act will be used to bar the advertising of over 1,000 websites.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th august 2007

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Government alarm over web ads – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2007 in advertising, internet, news by sally

“The government’s central advertising body, the Central Office of Information, has reportedly tightened up its web advertising guidelines following last week’s row over major brands advertising alongside contentious content on Facebook.”

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The Guardian, 6th August 2007

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Food manufacturers target children on internet after regulator’s TV advertising clampdown – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2007 in advertising, children, internet, news by sally

“Some of the world’s leading food manufacturers have begun marketing to children on social networking websites and internet chat programs.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2007

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Data retention law passed in UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2007 in data protection, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

“UK telecoms companies will have to keep phone call logs for a year under a new law to come into force in October. The law does not apply to records of internet activity, such as web surfing, email and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th July 2007

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Victory for witches in £350m shops fight – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 24th, 2007 in intellectual property, internet, news, witchcraft by sally

“A coven of elderly witches has claimed victory in a bizarre battle to have the name of a £350 million shopping centre changed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Identities of online music swappers protected, EU court says – The Times

Posted July 18th, 2007 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“Copyright groups may not be able to demand that telecom companies hand over the details of people they suspect of swapping illegal music downloads, a senior legal adviser to the EU’s highest court said today. ”

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The Times, 18th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Google plans pan-European legal team – The Lawyer

Posted July 17th, 2007 in internet, news by sally

“Google is planning to recruit an in-house team across Europe after growing by more than 50 per cent in the last year.”

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The Lawyer, 16th July 2007

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Man avoids jail for website ‘sick jokes’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2007 in computer crime, internet, news, sentencing by sally

“An economics graduate was sentenced to 160 hours of community service yesterday for making ‘sick jokes’ about ethnic groups and people with disabilities on a website.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Your boss may own your Facebook details – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 16th, 2007 in internet, news by sally

“Employees who use social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Bebo could find their bosses own part of the content, lawyers have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th July 2007

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Google in court for “misleading its users” on paid links to advertisers – The Times

Posted July 13th, 2007 in advertising, internet, news by sally

“Google, the world’s most popular internet search engine, is being taken to court for allegedly deceiving millions of users over links that are paid for by its advertisers. In the first legal action of its kind, Australia’s competition watchdog is seeking an injunction to stop Google from displaying search results that did not ‘expressly distinguish’ advertisements.”

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The Times, 13th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

ISP told to block file-sharing in landmark case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 6th, 2007 in copyright, EC law, internet by michael

“An internet service provider in Belgium must screen traffic for music piracy, a court has ruled in a decision which overturns conventional thinking on how two major European directives relate to one another.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th July 2007

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Our data retention is not data protection watchdogs’ business, says Google privacy boss – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 6th, 2007 in data protection, internet, news by michael

“The retention of search engine query data is a security matter and not one for Europe’s data protection officials, according to Google’s global privacy chief. Peter Fleischer said that its retention of user search data was ‘just not their field.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th July 2007

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Three jailed for inciting terror – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2007 in incitement, internet, news, terrorism by michael

“Three men who used the internet to urge Muslims to carry out holy war against non-believers have been jailed.”

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BBC News, 5th July 2007

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Man guilty of using internet to promote jihad – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 4th, 2007 in incitement, internet, Islam, news by michael

“A third man with close links to al-Qa’eda in Iraq has admitted using the internet to urge Muslims to wage a violent holy war against all non-believers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2007

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New ASA boss targets bogus web sites – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 4th, 2007 in advertising, internet, news by sally

“The new boss of the advertising watchdog has said bogus web adverts and websites need better regulation and conceded that current rules are not far-reaching enough.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd July 2007

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Google sued over defamatory postings found on web search – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2007 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“Google, the world’s biggest search engine, is being sued by a London businessman in a landmark legal action that could hold the US-based company liable for the publication of inaccurate, malicious or damaging material on the internet.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk