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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Cyberspace update

The new issue of the Cyberspace Law Committee’s Miscellaneous Internet-Related Legal News is out. As usual, editor Vince Polley has crammed it with news across the legal gamut. The latest issue and back issues are here.

Among the interesting stories in the July 15 issue:

* Software users are banding together to create a pro-user version of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act as an alternative to the stalled statute.

* France and Germany have found U.S.-style anonymous whistleblower hot lines, under which employees report possible misconduct, to be illegal.

* More than 98 percent of U.S. libraries are offering free Internet connections, without even requiring the purchase of a latte.

* A British web site that offers online gambling to Americans (illegally, say prosecutors) is going public on the London Stock Exchange, probably making billionaires of its owners.

* Internet bloggers are finding themselves subject to growing attention from federal regulators.

* Australia has decided not to implement a national identity card, on the grounds that it would just make identity theft easier.

* A Florida man has been arrested for using his neighbor’s Wi-Fi signal to access the Internet on his own laptop. It’s a third-degree felony.

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