Sep 302011
 September 30, 2011  Posted by  Laws

Dan Rowinski writes:

A bill proposed in Congress last week sponsored by Representatives Lee Terry and Edolphis Towns aims to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to allow “informational calls to mobile telephones and for other purposes.” Basically, it is a bill that would allow robo-calls from marketers and political campaigns (among other entities) to mobile phones.

Read more on ReadWriteWeb

Sep 302011
 September 30, 2011  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Online

Kit Chellel reports:

People who use fake names to post critical comments about companies on websites may not be as anonymous as they think, as firms use the courts to unmask online accusers.

MoneySavingExpert, a British personal finance site with 5 million readers, was forced to hand over personal details about three users calling themselves Againstjpc, GomerPyle and Ladybirds, following a London court ruling in August. The three wrote comments on the website accusing JPC Group Sales Ltd., an affiliate of a U.K. publishing company, of being a “criminal enterprise” and “a scam,” the company said in court filings.

Read more on Bloomberg.

Sep 302011
 September 30, 2011  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Craig McInnes has some nice reporting on the controversy over lawful access in Canada and legislative proposals:


B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is worried that Canadians don’t really understand what is at stake.

“I see lawful access as one of those fundamental tipping points,” Elizabeth Denham said in a telephone interview this week.

“If you are setting up private sector in a way that will provide easier access to the police, that’s shifting our fundamental outlook about privacy and civil rights protections of constitutional rights.”

Under the proposed changes, if police want to know what people are saying on the Internet, they will still need to get a warrant. But Internet providers would be required to turn over on request information that includes subscribers names and addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and even their ISP addresses and information about the kind of machines and software they are using.

“These appear to be minor pieces of personal information but they are personal information and it’s a slippery slope to give them up without judicial oversight,” Denham says.

Read more on Vancouver Sun.


Sep 302011
 September 30, 2011  Posted by  Business, Online

Zack Whittaker reports:

Spotify has not had the greatest start, as part of its flagship music service to Facebook.

Users of Spotify’s service, without warning, started seeing their music playlists and history shared to Facebook. Users had to opt-out of the service by manually disabling the feature. Many users complained about the Facebook integration, and the company has since climbed down.

Read more on ZDNet.