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.: Who Gives a Damn About Privacy? - 19th Jun 2001

"Industry inaction on privacy could rob this new medium of its greatest benefits. Who gives a damn about privacy? Not the managers and editors who publish perhaps as many as two thirds of media Web sites. A recent study done by a team of researchers at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism found a remarkably poor performance by Web sites that track people's movements online and collect personal information..."
[OJR]




.: IE 6 beta pushes ad networks on privacy - 15th Jun 2001

"As Microsoft puts the finishing touches on an upgrade to its popular browser, Internet advertising companies are racing to ensure that their ads and cookies are compatible with it.

Internet Explorer 6, scheduled to be released in August, will be the first browser to support a new privacy standard called Platform Privacy Preferences, or P3P..."
[news.com]




.: Angry users slam Creative Labs 'spyware' - 13th Jun 2001

"Irate users are accusing Creative Labs, the maker of popular soundcards and music players, of spying on them.

The dispute revolves around a piece of software called newsupd.exe, installed with the software that comes with most Creative products, which many users say is connecting to the Internet without their authorization and relaying data secretly back to Creative servers. Users say newsupd.exe installs itself on the sly, and doesn't give users the option of turning it off. Creative admits the feature needs tweaking, but says it is basically there to help users..."
[ZDNet]




.: Privacy's Doubting Thomas - 2nd Jun 2001

"Sun Microsystems' Scott McNeally delivers an op-ed piece to The Washington Post calling absolute privacy a disaster waiting to happen.... The CIA isn't laughing about a former agent who think he's a comedian.... and more, as Declan McCullagh discusses politics unusual..."
[wired radio]




.: FTC: Amazon privacy practices "deceptive" - 30th May 2001

"Amazon.com won't be punished even though the largest Internet retailer probably deceived customers about its privacy practices, the Federal Trade Commission said in a letter to the company.

The FTC concluded Amazon and its Alexa Internet unit likely misled consumers by saying they did not keep information in Alexa's database in a way that was personally identifiable. The FTC nonetheless decided not to take enforcement action, in part because the company has revamped its policies..."
[Bloomberg]






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