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  • Information security neglected by CEOs

    24 Sep 2004

    Company leaders are failing to act to protect their information security, despite becoming more aware of the risks involved, according to the 2004 Ernst & Young Global Information Security Survey, published this week.

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  • Software patents in the EU: Ministers delay vote

    24 Sep 2004

    The EU's Competitiveness Council, meeting today, has dropped from its agenda discussion of a political compromise over the controversial draft Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, according to the Parliamentary Greens/EFA...

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  • Treat surnames like other trade marks, says ECJ

    23 Sep 2004

    An application for the registration of a surname as a trade mark must be considered on the same basis as any other application, the European Court of Justice ruled last week. The decision will change the way the UK Trade Marks Registry assesses surnames....

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  • Congress passes voyeurism bill

    23 Sep 2004

    The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to control the invasion of privacy with camera phones. It creates a crime of video voyeurism on federal property, such as national parks and public buildings, with a maximum punishment of a fine and one...

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  • Nominet wins data mining case

    23 Sep 2004

    Nominet UK, the national registry for all .uk domain names, has won an Australian court battle against two men who used information stolen from the registry's database to send misleading domain name notices to thousands of its registrants.

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  • ID card database to hold sensitive personal data despite Government claims

    22 Sep 2004

    The Government in its public consultation documents has stated that the central database which supports the UK's national ID card scheme will not include any sensitive personal data such as data on ethnic origin or health. But analysis by privacy experts...

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  • Google wins keyword advertising case in Germany

    22 Sep 2004

    Google has won a trade mark action brought against it in Germany over its AdWords keyword advertising service, after a Hamburg court yesterday dismissed a suit brought by Metaspinner Media, according to the Associated Press.

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  • Commission proposes new curbs to working time

    22 Sep 2004

    The EU Commission today proposed restrictions to the opt-out provision of the Working Time Directive, frequently used by UK employers and employees to keep working hours above the maximum 48 hours per week permitted under the Directive.

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  • MP enters wholesale broadband row

    22 Sep 2004

    Sir George Young MP has stepped into a growing row over a proposed price hike of up to 30% for BT's wholesale broadband services and is calling for a statement from industry regulator Ofcom on the issue.

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  • Hospital staff suspended for on-line shopping

    22 Sep 2004

    The University Hospital of North Staffordshire has suspended 10 employees who visited holiday, sport and shopping web sites while they should have been working, according to a report from the BBC.

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