Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

Feds Need A Warrant To Search Email

June 19, 2007

“Remember just last week we were looking at a court case that was trying to work out whether social networking messages were more private than email? Well, now a federal appeals court has strengthened the privacy of good old email as well. It turns out that federal investigators need to obtain a warrant before they can go snooping through your email.”

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Felony Charge For Digg Story

June 18, 2007

From the Summary:  “I am being charged with a felony for a digg story I submitted last month. It was the #1 dugg video for May 13, and was linked to YouTube telling about a Sony HDV camcorder that was stolen from me. The story showed the phone number of the theft suspect, which is illegal under Michigan law. I’m in trouble and the thief goes free”

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Congress Threatens To Enact New Laws, Withhold Funds If Colleges Don’t Stop P2P

June 7, 2007

“Members of the House Science and Technology Committee heard from university officials and technology “experts” on different methods available to reduce illegal file-sharing on campus networks.

“Illegal file-sharing isn’t just about royalty fees. It clogs campus networks and interferes with the educational and research mission of universities,” said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). “It wastes resources that could have gone to laboratories, classrooms and equipment. And it is teaching a generation of college students that it’s alright to steal music.”

Witnesses testified on the extent to which these technologies reduced illegal fil-sharing, and also technological issues surrounding them, such as privacy and impacts on speed and reliability of campus networks.

They urged university authorities to conduct more aggressive educational campaigns and to use more effective network filters to reduce the problem, otherwise they may have to take matters into their own hands. ”

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