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  • Phone line slamming: new rules in force

    27 May 2005

    From today, all companies selling fixed-line telecoms services will be required to comply with Codes of Practice for sales and marketing and could face fines of up to 10% of turnover for any infringements – which would include "slamming".

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  • Copyright questions over Google library plan

    27 May 2005

    A group of academic publishers have voiced copyright concerns about Google's new Print for Libraries plan – which hopes to digitally scan certain library collections so that books can be matched to internet search queries.

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  • Governments target spam zombies

    27 May 2005

    Government agencies around the world are calling for the quarantining of spam zombies – virus-infected home computers that are used by spammers to "bounce" or route millions of spam e-mails, without the computer owners' knowledge.

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  • Government lets go of encryption regulation powers

    27 May 2005

    Digital rights activists are celebrating today with the expiry of powers in the UK's Electronic Communications Act of 2000 that gave the Government the right to regulate companies selling encryption services.

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  • TUC tells employers to recruit disabled workers

    27 May 2005

    Employers need to change their attitude towards the disabled and make more of an effort to recruit disabled workers, Trades Union Congress Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady told delegates at the TUC disability conference today.

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  • ID Card Bill back in Parliament today

    27 May 2005

    Government plans for a national identity cards scheme are due to be re-introduced in Parliament today, following the forced withdrawal of the original bill after it ran out of time in the run up to the General Election on 5th May.

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  • Council of Europe sets standards for human rights in IT

    27 May 2005

    The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers has adopted a declaration to set standards for human rights and the rule of law in today's information society. But a digital rights group complains that it fails to say anything new.

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  • Anti-spyware bill progress in the US

    24 May 2005

    A US law to tackle the proliferation of spyware on computers was approved by an influential Sub-Committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

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  • Canadian court refuses to make ISPs name file-swappers

    24 May 2005

    The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld a decision not to force ISPs to reveal the identities of 29 file-swappers sued by the Canadian record industry, on the grounds that the industry had not provided sufficient evidence against them....

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  • Commission sets May deadline for Microsoft deal

    24 May 2005

    The European Commission and Microsoft have agreed that differences over the implementation of sanctions imposed on the software giant last March will be resolved by the end of May, according to Reuters.

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