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[News] Civil Rights Stomped on in the UK, China, and WikiLeaks

  • Subject: [News] Civil Rights Stomped on in the UK, China, and WikiLeaks
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:25:48 +0100
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Parliamentary wash-up washes away liberties

,----[ Quote ]
| In the mad rush that is "parliamentary 
| wash-up", it is traditional for civil 
| liberties to be trampled to demonstrate 
| that no party fails the "tough on crime" 
| test â and 2010 is no exception.


Chinese human rights lawyer abandons activism to reunite with family

,----[ Quote ]
| An outspoken Chinese human rights lawyer 
| whose 13-month disappearance caused 
| international concern has said he is 
| abandoning activism in the hope of being 
| reunited with his exiled family.
| Gao Zhisheng, who resurfaced last month at 
| a retreat in Shanxi province after being 
| seized in February 2009, today said he did 
| not want to discuss his disappearance and 
| whether he had been held or mistreated by 
| the authorities.


International man of mystery 

,----[ Quote ]
| The founder of WikiLeaks lives a secret 
| life in the shadow of those who blow the 
| whistle, writes Bernard Lagan.



Google, Yahoo, Microsoft ad probes sought

,----[ Quote ]
| The Center for Digital Democracy, U.S. PIRG
| and World Privacy Forum complain that
| advertising programs used by the companies are
| "growing privacy threats."


Privacy Groups Want Feds to Investigate Targeted Ads

,----[ Quote ]
| A trio of privacy groups want federal
| regulators to take a close look at ad networks
| that track web surfersâ and sell targeted ads.


Brussels criticises UK on privacy

,----[ Quote ]
| The UK government has been accused of failing
| to protect citizens' privacy by the European
| Commission.
| It said the government should have done more
| to guarantee online privacy when trials of a
| controversial ad-serving system were carried
| out in 2006.


Ex-BT tech chief quits Phorm

,----[ Quote ]
| Stratis Scleparis, the former BT Retail chief
| technology officer who joined Phorm after overseeing
| secret trials of its web monitoring and profiling
| system, has quit the firm.


Phorm shares fall as BT opts out

,----[ Quote ]
| Shares in the online ad firm Phorm have fallen by more than 40% after BT said
| it had no immediate plans to use the service that tracks online behaviour.


Phorm incinerates $50m in 12 months

,----[ Quote ]
| Phorm was forced into deep cost-cutting after its controversial battle to
| monitor and profile web users burned through an average of more than $4m per
| month last year, its financial results today reveal.
| [....]
| On Tuesday the Commission in London said it had received a response from the
| government to its formal letter in April and was considering its next move.
| The government told privacy campaigners it would not make public the content
| of the response


Phorm gets Â15m lifeline

,----[ Quote ]
| It'll use the cash to cover its operating costs while ISPs continue to mull
| its web monitoring and profiling system.


Meet Phorm's PR genius

,----[ Quote ]
| Well, Phorm's public image has had a bit of bother from the European
| Commission, so it would sort of make sense.
| And this couldn't be the same "PR guru" Patrick Robertson who orchestrated
| the Â200,000 campaign by Tory grandees against the extradition of ex-Chilean
| dictator General Augusto Pinochet, could it?

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