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[News] Lawsuits Put Spyware and Standards at Risk

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Can One Lawsuit Kill Behavioral Ads?

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| A lawsuit filed against NebuAd may cause the death of online behavioral 
| advertising, or in the very least, provide a cautionary tale to ISPs. 
| NebuAd made an ugly splash earlier this year when the Senate started asking 
| questions about its behavioral advertising techniques. Without informing the 
| customers of several ISPs, NebuAd had installed software that tracked online 
| behavior and delivered advertisements tailored to perceived customer 
| interest.     


What A Shock: Another Wireless Standard Beset By Patent Problems

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| It's becoming such that news about another patent battle surrounding a new 
| standard is barely newsworthy -- especially in the wireless space. Name the 
| standard, and we can probably find someone claiming patents on it. There are 
| still ongoing patent battles surrounding both WiFi and WiMax.    



Phorm secretly tracked Americans too

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| of British Telecom customers as part of its grand scheme to target online ads
| from inside the world's ISPs, it was "operating a number of public commercial
| services" on various stateside networks.


Spy fear over e-mail check plan

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| Plans to give local councils and other public bodies the power to monitor
| e-mail and internet traffic have been branded a "snoopers' charter".
| The government wants to make it mandatory for phone and internet companies to
| store all information on personal web use for 12 months.


Home Office questioned over Phorm

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| Critics have asked why the Home Office has not intervened over secret Phorm
| trials BT conducted in 2006 and 2007.

The EU has asked the UK government to clarify the situation.

Bad Phorm: EU demands UK Government response on intrusive web ad tracking

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| Controversial behavioral advertising targeting outfit Phorm, whose Webwise ad
| technology monitors user browsing habits to serve appropriate advertising
| messages, might have dragged the UK Government into a slugfest with the
| European Union over a possible breach of strict Euro data laws...


Controversial Ad Network Caught Editing Wikipedia

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| Phorm has been beset by controversy for years over its business model and
| quietly-run trials on British Telecom's (BT) broadband service.

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