- UK - 55% of child abuse content traced to US +/-
(Guardian) More than half (55%) of the child abuse images on the internet reported in Britain last year originated from the United States, the UK internet industry regulator said. This was a 3% rise in the amount of child abuse material traced to the US from the previous year, according to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF's annual report also highlighted the rapid growth in the amount of child abuse images traced to Russia, which rose from 5% in 1997 to 23% last year. John Carr, the internet safety adviser at the children's charity NCH, said that the apparent failure of the US authorities to crack down on child abuse websites was undermining international efforts to combat online paedophilia.
- UK - Distressing trip into the heart of human darkness +/-
(Scotsman) Article about a TV commentary, Police Protecting Children, in which a film team followed police operations to arrest consumers of child pornography.
- UK success in battle with illegal on-line content +/-
(out-law.com) The UK hosted only 1% of the potentially illegal on-line content that was the subject of 20,000 reports to the Internet Watch Foundation in 2003, according to its annual report, published yesterday. The figure is down from 18% being hosted by UK ISPs in 1997."
- US - Vigilantes Troll for Pedophiles +/-
(Wired) Volunteers from a group called Perverted Justice pose as kids in chat rooms, and when an adult engages them in sexual banter, they publish the person's personal data on the site so the group's supporters can harass the adult by phone and e-mail. see also They Wanted to Teach Him a Lesson.
- DE - German court: Pop-ups need permission +/-
(CNET News.com) A European court has issued a preliminary injunction against Claria - formerly known as Gator - that prohibits the company's pop-up and pop-under ads from appearing over a German rental car Web site without the agency's permission. The injunction, by plaintiff Hertz Autovermietung, the German division of Hertz, is the latest victory for companies that oppose the unauthorized use of pop-ups on their sites. The Court of First Instance in Cologne, Germany, ruled March 12 that Claria had violated sections of a German law against unfair competition.
- UNCITRAL - Draft UN treaty to ease global electronic commerce moves forward +/-
(Press Release) The chief United Nations body overseeing international trade law policies has taken a step closer to a treaty that would create a unified legal regime for worldwide electronic commerce, removing barriers and lowering costs for companies using the Internet to conduct business. The recommendation on a draft text at the conclusion of a week-long meeting by the UN Commission on International Trade Law's (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Electronic Commerce will be submitted to the Commission's next full session in June. The text focuses on areas such as legal electronic transactions, data exchanges and e-mail messages.
- WTO - US online gambling policy unlawful +/-
(New York Times) The World Trade Organization, in its first decision on an Internet-related dispute, has ignited a political, cultural and legal tinderbox by ruling that the United States policy prohibiting online gambling violates international trade law. The ruling, issued by a WTO panel, is being hailed by operators of online casinos based overseas as a major victory that could force America to liberalize laws outlawing their business. But the Bush administration vowed to appeal the decision, and several members of Congress said they would rather have an international trade war or withdraw from future rounds of the WTO than have American social policy dictated from abroad.
- AOL Blocks Spammers' Web Sites +/-
(Washington Post) America Online has adopted a new tactic against spam: blocking its members' ability to see Web sites promoted by bulk e-mailers. The policy, which began earlier this year, opens a new front in the war on spam but also makes the company the first of its kind to push past the traditional Internet orthodoxy that service providers should be neutral conduits to anything the World Wide Web has to offer.
- Big players propose competing solutions to spam +/-
(CNET News.com) by Stefanie Olsen. There are few signs of unity in developing technology standards that could be more effective in slowing the deluge of spam, despite America Online, EarthLink, Microsoft and Yahoo scored a major publicity coup earlier this month, when they launched their first joint legal assault against spammers.
- DE - Anti-Spam-Taskforce diskutiert Maßnahmenkatalog +/-
(Heise) Beim zweiten Treffen der Anti-Spam-Taskforce (ASTF) des eco, des Verbands der deutschen Internetwirtschaft, wurde der Entwurf eines gemeinsamen Anti-Spam-Maßnahmenkatalogs diskutiert. Dieses 'Whitepaper' enthält unter anderem Vorschläge für ein 'Trusted Network', innerhalb dessen ein ungefilterter Mailverkehr möglich sein soll. Zur gleichen Zeit hat in Berlin die SPD-Arbeitsgruppe Post und Telekommunikation einen bereits bekannt gewordenen Gesetzentwurf beraten, nachdem Spammer in extremen Fällen sogar ins Gefängnis wandern können.
- DE - Germany Prepares Laws to Battle Spam +/-
(Deutsche Welle) Germany's Social Democrat (SPD) government plans to introduce an 'Anti Spam' law in an attempt to stem the tide of unsolicited junk e-mails that is costing the country millions of euros. The law will be Germany's first attempt at introducing a successful and effective punishment for those unscrupulous companies who bombard inboxes with undesirable advertising mails. The laws will consist of punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment for the worst offenders. Germany was one of the countries criticized last year by the European Commission for not implementing spam restrictions in accordance with an EU directive. Along with Belgium, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and Sweden, Germany failed to adopt the privacy law which would have helped in the EU's fight against unwanted e-mail. "