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  • EU agrees anti-spam cooperation

    07 Feb 2005

    The European Commission announced today that anti-spam enforcement agencies in 13 member states have agreed to share information and pursue complaints across borders in a bid to combat unsolicited commercial e-mail.

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  • Computer recycling plan in Congress

    04 Feb 2005

    The National Computer Recycling Act, proposed by Democrat Representatives Mike Thompson and Louise Slaughter, would direct the EPA to develop a grant program to encourage municipalities, individuals and organisations to start e-waste recycling programs....

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  • Global e-mail to choke on zombie spam?

    04 Feb 2005

    Spammers have developed software that will allow them to evade the spam blacklisting system, according to reports, and an expected upsurge in spam could be enough to send today's e-mail system into meltdown.

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  • RFID and privacy: guidance from EU Working Party

    04 Feb 2005

    In view of the increasing use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags in retail and elsewhere, the EU Working Party on Data Protection last month published a paper setting out data protection guidelines for manufacturers and users of the technology....

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  • Patent Law Treaty in force in April

    04 Feb 2005

    An international treaty that simplifies and streamlines procedures for obtaining and maintaining a patent will come into force on 28th April, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) announced last week.

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  • MPs challenge VAT loophole that allows cheap CDs

    03 Feb 2005

    A tax loophole that lets Channel Islands-based companies sell inexpensive products on-line to UK consumers free of VAT came under fire yesterday over the news that large companies such as Tesco were using the exemption to reflect lower tax bills in their...

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  • Restart Patents Directive, says Committee

    03 Feb 2005

    An influential European Parliamentary committee voted yesterday to ask the Commission to send the proposed Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions back to Parliament for a first reading.

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  • Harry Potter phishing alert

    03 Feb 2005

    JK Rowling has warned her fans not to fall for offers to get e-book versions of the forthcoming sixth book in the Harry Potter series, after one such offer turned out to be a phishing scam. The offer existed only to gather personal and financial details.

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  • Cybersquatting lawsuit against Citrix

    03 Feb 2005

    Two companies that offer software for users to remotely access their computers are doing battle over domain names. WebEx announced today that it has sued rival Citrix Systems, alleging the illegal purchase of domain names containing WebEx trade marks.

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  • Webmaster not liable for editing and posting remarks

    02 Feb 2005

    The operator of a web site is not liable for allegedly defamatory remarks posted to the site's forum by anonymous third parties, despite some editing of remarks, according to a ruling issued by a New Jersey appeals court on Monday.

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