Big Brother Rears Ugly Head In Gamesmanship Called “Protect Consumer Privacy”

New Bill Could Prevent Marketers from Collecting Your Information, But Leaves Government Wide Open To Know Everything About You Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) has introduced a new piece of legislation that ostensibly aims to protect users’ privacy rights online. It would do so by preventing companies like yours and mine from collecting even the most basic information about users without giving them the option of opting out of the data-collection process. Rep. Speier is shown…

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Internet Censorship Becomes Focus of France

HADOPI was first, and now Loppsi 2 threatens users’ freedoms online Not to overstate the implications of French laws and their impact on other nations, but it seems France is fairly hell bent on using fear of child pornography as the launching point of a series of new restrictive Internet proposals now rocketing their way through the French parliament. It is difficult to get a clear translation of the new proposals, but a translation of…

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Emails Online Are Safe, If You Ask the Right Judge

Subpoenas May Not Compel Discovery of Your Emails, Unless It’s Big Brother Online email providers who receive a subpoena to release your email messages are required by law to protect the content of those emails, at least in civil cases. I wrote about this story about a year ago. Please see the archive file here → Emails Secure From Subpoena?. But the protections of the Stored Communications Act, for individuals, apparently do not apply to the…

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