Congressman Boucher Slashdot Interview
3/27/2001; 5:43:35 PM An actual Congressperson speaks out about his opinions on all of the hot digital topics. Interesting read.
Bush opposes Euro privacy rules
Privacy from Companies
3/27/2001; 5:38:50 PM 'The Bush administration, responding to concerns in the financial-services sector, is objecting strongly to a set of proposed European Commission privacy rules affecting trans-Atlantic e-commerce.
'In a March 23 letter to a top commission official, the Commerce and Treasury Departments said the proposed rules "impose unduly burdensome requirements that are incompatible with real-world operations."
'At issue are proposed "standard clauses" for contracts between U.S. and European firms regarding exchanges of customer data. The clauses would obligate U.S. firms to operate under European Union privacy standards, which are much stricter than U.S. law. EU standards require, for example, that consumers have access to information collected about them and notice on how it is used.'
Anti-Spam Bill's Second Wind
Spam & E-Mail
3/27/2001; 9:47:32 AM 'House negotiators are meeting privately in an attempt to work out differences over an anti-spam bill before a scheduled vote on Wednesday.
'Chris Cox (R-California) says the measure, sponsored by Heather Wilson (R-New Mexico) and Gene Green (D-Texas), allows state attorneys general to file suits against spammers and collect punitive damages far beyond any harm actually caused. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) has argued that the bill would inappropriately deputize Internet providers to regulate incoming e-mail.'
An anti-posting: TiVo Privacy Concerns Unfounded
Privacy from Companies3/26/2001; 6:34:59 PM There's been a lot of foofarah today following some never-heard-of-'em foundation's posting of a "report" on TiVo's Privacy Policies. I would like to point out that TiVo has always been up-front about what they are doing, and in fact this "news" has already been around the news mill... and it wasn't that interesting the first time, either.I respect TiVo for being quite clear about what they do, phrasing it in plain English, and so far as we know, sticking to it to the letter. If all companies acted like TiVo there'd be no "privacy advocates". The foundation that produced the report does not speak for all of us privacy fanatics.Also, while I'm posting anti-notes and non-news, I'm trying to redesign this site until it's not an abominable eyesore any longer. Given my design skills, that's going to take a while, so you may see some slow changes as I actually try things and see what I like. My goal is no more pure white, but it needs to be readable. We'll see how it goes as we chronicle the Adventures of the Design-Atropic Nerd.
International Treaty on Cybercrime... Read the Fine Print
3/24/2001; 7:37:03 PM '...if you counsel U.S. corporations on computer-related issues, you should be concerned about a new proposed treaty known as the "Convention on Cybercrime." The Council of Europe, a 43-nation public body created to promote democracy and the rule of law, is nominally drafting the treaty. Curiously, however, the primary architect is the United States Department of Justice.
'The Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation are using a foreign forum to create an international law-enforcement regime that favors the interests of the feds over those of ordinary citizens and businesses. Their goal is to make it easier to get evidence from abroad and to extradite and prosecute foreign nationals for certain kinds of crimes.
'Maybe you trust the law-enforcement chiefs in D.C. to do the right thing. But here's the catch. The same new powers given to the United States will also handed over to Bulgaria, Romania, Azerbaijan, and other Council of Europe nations that-although officially democratic now-don't have a strong traditions of checks and balances on police power.'
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