Lawmakers in Washington asked tech companies Tuesday whether they need to create legislation that would protect people's private information online. The Senate Commerce Committee took up the issue, asking representatives from Apple, AT&T, Facebook and Google if an online privacy bill is necessary. Those companies have all dealt with recent privacy issues, ranging from sites gathering and storing data to sharing data with third-party sites. For some legislators, those events have been enough of an indicator that legislation should be drafted to safeguard Internet users. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who chairs the Communications Subcommittee, said he intends to draft an …

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One might have titled this story "Beware of government bearing gifts." We should be exceedingly wary whenever law makers begin dabbling with something that's been working exceedingly well for decades. Today that thing is the Internet, perhaps the least-regulated industry in the U.S. today. This week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a set of new (and as yet unpublished) rules that would impose regulations on how broadband service providers are allowed to maintain their networks. Shrouded in the innocuous veil of "Network Neutrality," the potential restrictions are anything but neutral, and could tie the hands of service providers …

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I've been watching the blogosphere or whatever we're calling it with interest for a fair while now. Not because I think it's going to take over from 'proper' journalists like me; I have 20 years' experience and although this can of course be duplicated, it kind of takes 20 years. One of the things about being experienced and trained is that you don't make silly mistakes like the [URL="http://www.out-law.com/default.aspx?page=9741"]guy who's just tried to sue the Tolkien family[/URL]. He's made allegations I'm not going to repeat because I know nothing of the truth of them; the thing is, one of the …

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First, a bit of confirmation - the iPhone does indeed seem to be in short supply over here, many thanks to 'staff writer' for the story [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2755.html"]here[/URL]. I had a text from 02's publicity people to say the orders were being taken at 7.30am and the site had stopped offering them by 10. And it appears we're not getting the white one, either. Not sure what we're being punished for there, nor who they think is going to notice. Anyway, today I want to talk a little about Europe. Specifically the new proposed European laws about the Internet: It seems …

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The End.