QuickLinks 57 - 26 March 1998
Links to news items about
legal and regulatory aspects of Internet and the information society, particularly those relating to information content, and
market and technology.
USA - Giants back child privacy rules
Legal and regulatory issues
- France - Internet contre internet: interpellation d'un "pirate"
Un secrétaire de rédaction a été interpellé, à Paris, oupçonné d'avoir piraté et introduit des "bombes" informatiques sur un serveur hébergeant notamment des services internet, le suspect ayant puisé ses informations sur le Web. Le suspect a été remis en liberté à l'issue de sa garde à vue au SEFTI, le service de la PJ parisienne spécialisé dans la traque aux fraudes informatiques.
- USA - FBI warns of big increase in on-line crime
(Nando.net - Scripps Howard )
Criminal cases against computer hackers have more than doubled this year as the ranks of teenage hackers were joined by industrial spies and foreign agents, the FBI warned Tuesday. The FBI told a congressional Joint Economic Committee hearing that it had recorded a significant increase in its pending cases of computer intrusions, rising from 206 to 480 this year.
Data Protection (privacy)
- USA - Giants back child privacy rules
America Online and Microsoft today backed Net privacy guidelines that say it's a no-no to collect private information from preteens without parental permission. The new media giants aligned themselves with cereal companies and toy manufacturers by agreeing to help fund and meet the online data collection standards of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. MediaLive, the producer of Surf Monkey, a Web browser and online service targeted at minors, also joined CARU today.
- USA - Government Ready to Dictate privacy rules?
One of the most ambitious efforts to get e-commerce firms to submit to a voluntary privacy regime has met with an industry response much too cool to be called tepid. The apparent lack of interest in the TRUSTe initiative is raising fears among some privacy activists that the government will step in and dictate its own rules.
Unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam)
- USA - Washington state joins spam war
Washington Governor Gary Locke this evening signed an antispam bill that makes it illegal for junk emailers to forge headers, hijack other email systems, or otherwise "misrepresent the messages' point of origin." Most junk emailers employ one or all of those methods. The law applies to anyone within the state of Washington who sends forged junk email. It also bans anyone from sending it to Washington residents, a move that could have impact beyond Washington's borders, as it is often impossible to know the physical location of email recipients.
- Canadian Net Hate Debate Flares
A collection of Web sites promoting white supremacy and Holocaust revisionism have cast a spotlight on a British Columbia Internet service provider and prompted calls for stricter Canadian hate laws governing the Internet.
Security and encryption
- USA - Official saw flaws in crypto law
Despite the Clinton administration's policy that U.S. exporters of encryption build products that can be cracked with a court order, a high official conceded more than a year ago that such systems were considered "costly and less efficient" by overseas users. According to a government memo obtained and circulated today by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), William Reinsch, the undersecretary for the Commerce Department's export administration, made the statements in November 1996--almost two months before the White House's new export rules went into effect.
- USA - Judge Orders Microsoft To Remove Java Logo For Now
A federal judge Tuesday ordered Microsoft Corp. to remove the "Java-compatible" logo from two of its products while a lawsuit brought by Sun Microsystems proceeds. U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte in San Jose, Calif., issued the injunction against Microsoft after a hearing on the issue last month, Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray said.
Market & Technology
Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology sectors
- USA - L'avenir de l'Internet passe par la télévision
"D'ici septembre, plus de 100.000 abonnés au câble surferont le Web sur leurs téléviseurs", affirme Andy Sernovitz, président de l'Association pour les médias interactifs, à. "Nous en attendons deux millions fin 1999. Et des millions et des millions de plus à la fin de l'an 2000". Selon le Wall Street Journal, America On Line serait sur le point de s'allier à NetChannel, une compagnie offrant comme WebTV l'accès à l'Internet par la télévision.
Internet access and use
- Finns are world's leaders in being connected
(The Christian Science Monitor)
When it comes to being digital, Finland is the world leader: Nearly one in two Finns uses mobile phones, and more than two in five are connected to the Internet. And while most mobile phones in America use analog technology, in Finland, they're digital, allowing computer-like functions. "We're the first real wired country," brags Jyrki Harkki of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Trade.
- U.S. Gets Ready For Internet Over Power Lines
The United States may be able to supply high-speed Internet access to homes via power lines using a new technology, which was previously deemed too expensive for the country, according to developers on Wednesday.
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