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  • £20 per minute phone scams are a myth, says ICSTIS

    06 Jun 2005

    Britain's regulator of premium rate telephone calls is telling the public to ignore any e-mails that warn of £20 and £50 per minute telephone scams. These are hoaxes, says ICSTIS, and the most you can really pay is £1.50 per minute....

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  • ICANN says OK to .xxx domain names

    02 Jun 2005

    ICANN has given preliminary approval to the creation of a .xxx top-level domain, reversing a decision it made in 2000. It is the first time that the body responsible for the internet's domain name system has supported an adults-only label.

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  • Commission to restrict data retention proposals

    02 Jun 2005

    The European Commission is shortly to put forward proposals for EU data retention legislation that will limit the retention period to one year, Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding announced on Tuesday.

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  • ID cards may create a risk to public health

    02 Jun 2005

    The British Medical Association ( BMA ) and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants ( JCWI ) are concerned that plans for a national ID card could produce a risk to public health if the card deters overstayers and others from seeking medical help....

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  • Border controls and data sharing: plans for SIS II

    02 Jun 2005

    Travellers will no longer face border checks between new EU Member States and their older EU neighbours, and law enforcement will have an easier means of sharing information, according to plans for a new Schengen Information System, SIS II.

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  • E-mail your objections to a UK patent application

    02 Jun 2005

    The UK Patent Office has published new guidance showing how members of the public can make comments on pending patent applications and provide evidence to help examiners decide if an invention is worthy of a patent.

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  • Speed camera team broke Freedom of Information law

    01 Jun 2005

    The Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership last month became the first Scottish local authority to be reprimanded for breaching the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA), which came into force on 1st January.

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  • European Commission sets out digital strategy

    01 Jun 2005

    The European Commission today approved an initiative to foster growth and jobs in the information society and media industries. The strategy will promote high speed and secure broadband networks.

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  • On-line car dealers get legal guidance from OFT

    01 Jun 2005

    On-line car dealers have long had to struggle with a law that appeared to let consumers drive their purchases for a week and then return them for no reason. New guidance, published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) yesterday, brings much-needed clarification....

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  • ID cards to cost £300 each, says report

    01 Jun 2005

    A national identity cards scheme could cost as much as £300 per person, not £93 as suggested by Government estimates, according to a draft report by the London School of Economics, a copy of which was seen by the Observer newspaper.

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