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April 2003 Articles

  • Internet Watch Foundation: success in UK, dangers abroad

    30 Apr 2003

    The Internet Watch Foundation yesterday reported its campaign against illegal material on the internet is succeeding in Britain, but that overseas criminals are getting more sophisticated, with an increasing use of cryptography to hide the trade in child...

  • Football game banned over player's image rights

    30 Apr 2003

    A Hamburg court ruled on Friday that Electronic Arts can no longer sell its FIFA World Cup 2002 game in Germany because goalkeeper Oliver Kahn did not give permission for his image to be used. The company must compensate Kahn and risks a fine of up to...

  • Dixons to end misleading 'no interest' claims

    30 Apr 2003

    Dixons Stores Group has undertaken to ensure that it no longer advertises its credit services as "no interest". The Office of Fair Trading stepped in after the company used advertising that breached an agreement Dixons had previously reached with the...

  • Oftel wants to boost broadband competition

    30 Apr 2003

    Oftel yesterday issued its review of the wholesale broadband market and proposed that BT and Kingston should continue to provide operators with wholesale broadband access but that new obligations on the companies are needed to boost competition.

  • AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo! unite to fight spam

    29 Apr 2003

    AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo! yesterday launched a campaign to fight spam. The group will work together with organizations across the industry to create technical standards and guidelines that will stop the worldwide flood of unsolicited commercial e-mail....

  • sparks challenge of unfair VAT loophole

    29 Apr 2003

    Leeds-based retailer says it is threatened by a European tax loophole that lets rivals based in non-EU countries sell inexpensive products over the internet to European consumers free from VAT.

  • Thai Airways web site pricing error – but is it protected?

    29 Apr 2003

    Thai Airways has refused to honour the on-line reservation of first class tickets for flights from London to Bangkok which were advertised on for only the cost of the taxes, according to a report by

  • Public fear of e-commerce appeased by BS7799, says KPMG

    29 Apr 2003

    Privacy issues are the biggest barrier to buying on-line, but internet users are reassured by sites showing evidence of independent endorsement, particularly the British Standard for Security accreditation, BS7799, according to research carried out for...

  • Age verification on the internet - UK scheme launched

    28 Apr 2003

    CitizenCard has launched an on-line scheme in the UK designed to prevent fraud and protect children. Applicants for the card will have their identity verified and held on a database so that when they enter an accredited site their personal details can...

  • Victory for P2P file-sharing services

    28 Apr 2003

    The entertainment industry suffered a crushing defeat in Los Angeles on Friday when a federal court ruled that companies providing peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software cannot be held liable for copyright infringement by those who use it.