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  • Symantec takes firm to court over adware

    10 Jun 2005

    Security firm Symantec has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against software distributor Hotbar.com, asking a court to declare that Symantec can classify some of Hotbar’s programs as adware and give customers tools to remove the Hotbar files.

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  • Patent reform bill pitched to Congress

    10 Jun 2005

    Legislation to reform the US patent system was introduced into Congress yesterday. The Patent Reform Act 2005 switches to a system where a patent goes to the first inventor to file, not the first to invent, and allows post-grant opposition without litigation....

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  • Lax security in public sector IT, says study

    10 Jun 2005

    The effectiveness of IT security arrangements in British public sector organisations is being undermined by a culture of complacency and a failure to ensure that staff understand the rules, according to a survey by the Audit Commission.

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  • E-commerce Regulations: DTI consults on reform

    10 Jun 2005

    The UK government is seeking views on whether the protection given to ISPs under the Electronic Commerce Directive should be extended to cover providers of search engines, providers of keyword advertising services, and content aggregators.

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  • Drop the jargon from privacy policies, says privacy chief

    10 Jun 2005

    EDITORIAL: The UK's Information Commissioner this week told companies to remove the long words and legal jargon from their data protection notices, because customers get confused and ignore this small-print. But the Commissioner's own messages are muddled....

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  • Password management still relies on Post-it Notes

    10 Jun 2005

    Nearly half of IT managers fear that their admin passwords are not stored securely, with 19% estimating that their colleagues still keep their passwords on Post-it Notes, according to a survey by Cyber-Ark Software.

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  • VeriSign keeps control of .net

    10 Jun 2005

    ICANN, the body that manages the internet’s domain name system, confirmed yesterday that current .net operator VeriSign will retain control of the top-level domain for the next six years, news that will upset those who say VeriSign is too powerful....

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  • Over-hyped security risks listed by Gartner

    10 Jun 2005

    Some security threats relating to developing technologies such as internet telephony have been over-hyped and are unnecessarily delaying their implementation, according to Gartner analysts, who have highlighted five of the most exaggerated risks.

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  • European download patent revoked

    10 Jun 2005

    A UK patents court has ruled that the European “Freeny” patent, which covers the downloading and recording of information such as music, news articles and films from a computer onto a tangible object such as a CD or a sheet of paper, is invalid....

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  • London's Olympic bid hits image rights hurdle

    06 Jun 2005

    A row has broken out between the boards of the London and New York 2012 Olympic bids over the use of a picture of New York board member and long-jump gold medallist Bob Beamon in a brochure issued by the London bid team.

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