Thursday, April 14, 2011

4.14 :: Very Leaky :: Highest Levels of Privacy Protection :: No Not Anonymous :: Magic :: Bot Stop ::

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Update: New Comment Deadlines In VoIP/Accessibility Proceeding, CommLawBlog
On March 31 we reported on a couple of VoIP-related NPRMs, including one item looking toward making VoIP and similar services easily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. Despite the fact that that NPRM proposes sweeping changes in the nature of VoIP obligations and even the scope of the FCC's regulatory reach (which would be extended into considerable technical minutiae), the deadline for
http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/CommLawBlog/~3/BXwCy8HURIA/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ada/fcc2.htm

FCC To Mobile Browsers: Roam, Roam On The Range, CommLawBlog
FCC mandates data roaming – sort of – with new rules for roaming rights for new universe of providers, but with strings attached
http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/CommLawBlog/~3/xD2zC9hh8lY/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/

Boaters asked to 'Save Our GPS', Sport Fishing
When many readers sent me the GPS World article on GPS jamming, I was blasé. How could the U.S. government possibly allow LightSquared to put up 4,600 transcievers pumping broadband data services in the L band with such power that they'd significantly interfere with nearby GPS frequencies? As in complete failure at over half a mile for a high quality civilian GPS receiver like the nüvi 265W, even under an open sky, and almost
http://www.sportfishingmag.com/news/news/boaters-asked-to-save-our-gps-1000087845.html
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/gps.htm

Net Regulation May Violate Paperwork Reduction Act, USTelecom
The information collection requirements of Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order may violate the Paper Reduction Act (PRA), USTelecom said in comments filed with the Commission earlier this week.
http://www.ustelecom.org/Video_Blogs/Blog/index.php/2011/04/13/net-regulation-may-violate-paperwork-reduction-act/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ci/neutralnprm.htm

Public Knowledge Brings 3D Printing To Washington, PK
Public Knowledge is sponsoring a half-day conference April 28 on one of the newest emerging technologies – 3D printing, which allows "printers" to create objects much as traditional printers produce documents.
http://feeds.publicknowledge.org/~r/publicknowledge-main/~3/FELDWjM-U10/public-knowledge-brings-3d-printing-washington
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

COICA, the Sequel: Back in Blacklist, Citizen's Media
So the Congress appears to be considering the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act ("COICA") again. The act would essentially allow the government "to block sites at the domain name (DNS) level" (per Ars Technica) and would impose intermediate liability on credit card companies that did not stop transacting with blacklisted sites. This (much like a jump to conclusions mat) is a terrible, terrible idea.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CitizenMediaLawProject/~3/bUsHEJVZ1KU/coica-sequel-back-blacklist
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ip/copyright.htm

Even With A Very Leaky Paywall, Noticeable Decline In NY Times Traffic, Techdirt
With the NY Times offering up its pretend paywall, part of the supposed idea was that the site was trying to figure out a way to retain its traffic and get people to pay -- a difficult balancing act for sure. So the way it did so was to set up a paywall that didn't really exist, hoping that some people would just pay anyway, but that traffic wouldn't decline. So far, it appears they're a bit off on that latter assumption. Some initial reports show that, in the immediate aftermath of the "not really a wall" going up,
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110412/01274713860/even-with-very-leaky-paywall-noticeable-decline-ny-times-traffic.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

Federal Privacy Enforcement Update: SEC Fines Executives for Privacy and Security Violations, Info Law Group
As we have reported previously on our blog, federal agencies, including the FTC, NLRB and EEOC have been very active in taking action against privacy and information security violations. This trend continues with the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) recent announcement of a settlement with three former executives a brokerage firm (GunnAllen Financial, Inc.). The SEC alleged that the former executives violated the Commission's Privacy Rule and Safeguards Rule
http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/InfoLawGroup/~3/ueeFqoCVu7Q/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

USTelecom Statement on Stearns Matheson Privacy Bill, USTelecom
"USTelecom would like to commend Reps. Stearns and Matheson on their privacy legislation, which would provide consumers with enhanced protection for their online activities. As an industry that already provides its customers with the highest levels of privacy protection, we especially appreciate Rep. Stearns' accompanying comments acknowledging that in today's converged communications marketplace, like services should be treated alike by the law and that a single agency
http://www.ustelecom.org/Video_Blogs/Blog/index.php/2011/04/13/ustelecom-statement-on-stearns-matheson-privacy-bill/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

Legislation Would Let You Opt Out of Online Web Tracking, Wired
Sens. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) and John McCain (R-Arizona) proposed online privacy legislation Tuesday that for the first time would give web users the right to demand they not be tracked in cyberspace
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/politics/~3/jTV12PDKuYY/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

AT&T on Kerry-McCain Privacy Bill, AT&T
"We congratulate Senators Kerry and McCain for their bi-partisan leadership in establishing a thoughtful and comprehensive legislative framework to address individual privacy in the Information Age. In particular, we are gratified that the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 both recognizes and specifically addresses the potential for overlapping regulation of communications providers by multiple federal agencies and establishes a solution that eliminates wasteful and inefficient
http://attpublicpolicy.com/government-policy/att-on-kerry-mccain-privacy-bill/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

USTelecom Statement on Kerry-McCain Privacy Bill, USTelecom
"As an industry that already provides its customers with the highest levels of privacy protection, we believe consumers will benefit from legislation that requires all players in the Internet economy to adhere to a common set of rules implemented by a single regulator. While we are still reviewing the bill introduced today by Senators Kerry and McCain, it appears they have taken a big step in that direction, and we appreciate their efforts."
http://www.ustelecom.org/Video_Blogs/Blog/index.php/2011/04/12/ustelecom-statement-on-kerry-mccain-privacy-bill/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

Not anonymous: attack reveals BitTorrent users on Tor network, Ars Technica
Think that anonymizing BitTorrent tracker connections through Tor makes you harder to track? Think again. A vulnerability was used to identify over 10,000 users' IP addresses via their BitTorrent tracker connections. But it's not just your BitTorrent downloads that are at risk: an attacker can use your BitTorrent connections to de-anonymize other, more secure applications run over Tor.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/04/not-anonymous-attack-reveals-bittorrent-users-on-tor-network.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/privacy/

U.S. police increasingly view private email, instant messages, CW
Law enforcement organizations are making tens of thousands of requests for private electronic information from companies such as Sprint, Facebook and AOL, but few detailed statistics are available.
http://rss.computerworld.com/~r/computerworld/news/feed/~3/GfKRZhkZiFg/U.S._police_increasingly_view_private_email_instant_messages
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/bigbrother.htm

U.S. dismantles massive cyber theft ring, Globe and Mail
Thieves stole an undetermined amount of money by infecting 2.3-million computers with malicious software
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheGlobeAndMail-Technology/~3/sHRniCElGU4/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

U.S. shutters botnet, can disable malware remotely, CNET
Lawsuit, seizures, and other court actions are part of the "most complete and comprehensive enforcement action ever" against a botnet in the U.S.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20053708-245.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/crime.htm

The Law Enforcement Surveillance Reporting Gap, SSRN
Third party facilitated surveillance has become a routine tool for law enforcement agencies. There are likely hundreds of thousands of such requests per year. Unfortunately there are few detailed statistics documenting the use of many modern surveillance methods. As such, the true scale of law enforcement surveillance, although widespread, remains largely shielded from public view.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1806628
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/ecpa.htm

North Carolina cities mobilize against anti-muni broadband bill, Ars Technica
At least six cities in North Carolina have passed resolutions against cable-backed state legislation that would hamstring new municipal broadband projects. The dissenters include Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Raleigh, Momeyer, Asheville,Rockingham, and Bladenville.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/04/north-carolina-cities-mobilize-against-anti-muni-broadband-bill.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/states/nc.htm

Magic Jack Has Wrist Slapped Over Access Charges - FCC Backs AT&T in VoIP Connection Fee Dispute, dslreports
A post over at the Telecom Law Monitor notes that discount VoIP operator Magic Jack and their parent company YMax have had their wrist slapped by the FCC -- for trying to impose connection tariffs on AT&T. In a complaint, AT&T claimed Magic Jack was disingenuous in the way it presented its service, using its CLEC Ymax to charge undeserved access charges. AT&T refused to pay access charges for calls terminating to MagicJack users, and 8YY traffic originating from MagicJack users.
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Magic-Jack-Has-Wrist-Slapped-Over-Access-Charges-113681
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/access.htm

AT&T CORP. V. YMAX COMMUNICATIONS CORP., FCC
Granted in part and otherwise dismissed without prejudice the claims alleged in the formal complaint that AT&T filed against YMAX under Section 208 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 04/08/2011 by MO&O. (FCC No. 11-59). EB
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-11-59A1.pdf
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/voip/access.htm

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