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  • Spammer bounty tempts the FTC

    17 Sep 2004

    The Federal Trade Commission yesterday issued a report detailing the pros and cons of a bounty reward scheme for those who help to catch spammers. The system might work, says the FTC, if it targets whistleblowers and makes the rewards high enough.

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  • Employers should protect staff from spam

    17 Sep 2004

    Employers should take more action to prevent spam containing offensive material from reaching staff in-boxes, according to a security firm which warns that a failure to protect staff in this way is like "asking for a Human Resources fiasco."

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  • Distinctiveness of trade marks: European ruling

    17 Sep 2004

    Good news for SAT.2: the European Court of Justice this week ruled that a trade mark made up of word and a number – neither of which has a distinctive character of its own – may be sufficiently distinctive for TM protection when combined....

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  • Timing your text message marketing

    17 Sep 2004

    Marketing text messages are twice as likely to annoy recipients as cold calls if received outside working hours, according to new research that was carried out on behalf of Cable & Wireless.

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  • Guilty plea for massive identity theft

    16 Sep 2004

    A former employee of a credit software company has pled guilty in what is reported to be the biggest identity theft case in US history, involving the credit reports of over 30,000 people and an estimated loss of $50 million, according to media reports....

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  • Chip and PIN rollout gathers pace in UK

    16 Sep 2004

    The rollout of a more secure payment system is well under way, according to a report by industry group Chip and PIN. Three in five UK cardholders now have a chip and PIN card, with the remainder due to receive their cards prior to 1st January 2005.

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  • $160 million antitrust fine for memory chip maker

    16 Sep 2004

    Memory chip maker Infineon Technologies yesterday pled guilty to breaching US antitrust laws for price fixing in its dynamic random access memory (or DRAM) chip business. The German company has been fined $160 million.

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  • Data protection mailing scam continues

    16 Sep 2004

    The UK's Office of Fair Trading has taken action against a man who was sending misleading data protection mailings to businesses, and today reminded firms to contact the Information Commissioner if in any doubt about data protection notification.

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  • Airline data-sharing complaint dismissed

    15 Sep 2004

    The US Department of Transportation last week dismissed a complaint filed against Northwest Airlines over its transfer of passenger data in breach of its own privacy policy, explaining that there had been no harm done to the airline's customers.

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  • Web tracking patents used to sue Amazon

    15 Sep 2004

    A British firm yesterday announced that it has sued a number of companies, including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, over alleged infringements of patents relating to the tracking of the navigational path of a user through the internet.

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