April 7, 2005
Former Yahoo Exec Cleared in French Case
Timothy Koogle, the former president of Yahoo, was cleared by a French court on charges that, by allowing consumers to sell Nazi memorabilia on Yahoo Auctions, he was justifying "crimes against humanity." This is the latest development in a long series of cases which highlight some of the legal challenges involved in cross-border jurisdiction over the Internet, particularly when it comes to e-commerce matters. The CNET article on the current decision may be found here.
WTO Issues Report on Online Gambling
The World Trade Organization has just issued its report on the complaint of Antigua and Barbados against the United States' prohibition on online gambling. The report upholds much of the lower panel's prior ruling that the United States' laws violate the WTO's international trade policies. A summary of the report may be found here; the full report may be downloaded here (both in PDF).
April 6, 2005
Yet Another Academic Data Breach, at UCSF
The University of California at San Francisco has suffered a data breach, reportedly resulting in access to the names and Social Security numbers of 7,000 students, faculty and staff. This latest breach, coming on top of others reportedly recently, has pushed Sen. Dianne Feinstein to plan to introduce data encryption legislation. Read the story here.
New Development in EU Microsoft Antitrust Case
Computerworld is reporting that five companies (IBM, Nokia Corp., Oracle Corp., RealNetworks Inc. and Red Hat Inc.) have applied to intervene in the pending EU antitrust case against Microsoft. According to the article, only parties who can show they will be directly affected by the case are permitted to intervene. Other companies and organizations have already been granted permission to intervene, on either side of the matter.