NYTimes.com – “WHEN it comes to protecting children on the Internet and keeping them safe from predators, law enforcement officials have vocally advocated one approach in particular. They want popular sites, like the social network MySpace, to confirm the identities and ages of minors and then allow the young Web surfers to talk only with other children, or with adults approved by parents.”
Channel Web – “Responding to increasing Internet privacy concerns, AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), the country’s largest ISPs, told a Senate committee during a hearing Thursday that they don’t engage in online consumer tracking and want to self-regulate such practices in the future.”
Read the prepared statements here.
Inquisitr – “An Indian construction company is trying to force Google to divulge the name of a blogger who wrote negative things about its business.”
washingtonpost.com: – “Several Internet and broadband companies have acknowledged using targeted-advertising technology without explicitly informing customers, according to letters released yesterday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”
NYT – â€œIâ€™m pretty aware of the fact that anything you do on the Internet pretty much should just be considered public,â€ Mr. Martinez said. While he knows that companies are collecting his data and often tracking his online habits so they can show him more relevant ads, he said, he would like to see more transparency â€œabout what the company intends to do with your data and your information.â€
Los Angeles Times – “The startup allows video from cellphones to be streamed live on the Web. In the future, will any bad behavior may go unnoticed?”
CNET – “Someone apparently hacked into a computer belong to an employee of MTV Networks and possibly gained access to names, birth dates, social security numbers and compensation data of 5,000 employees.”
MSNBC – “Some mortgage companies tossing customersâ€™ personal data in the trash”
AP – “Internet users should be free to surf where they want and download what they please. But shouldn’t the owners of the networks that make the Internet possible also have rights?”
AP – “The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The justices, without comment, turned down an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union to let it pursue a lawsuit against the program that began shortly after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.”
At least we still have the Appeals Courts, FWIW.