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March 5, 2005

Unlicensed Internet Pharmacies Involved in Illegal Drug Sales

Reuters reports that there is a growing problem with internet pharmacies and the sale of narcotics.  This appears to be a new form of drug-trafficking and is a cause for major concern.

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From Cheap Knock-Offs to Technology Copies - Weaknesses in China's Legal System make it Easy to Use Other's Intellectual Property

The New York Times reports that there is a growing concern regarding China's production of merchandise utilizing intellectual property rights of others, including Americans.  Poorly drafted intellectual property laws may be to blame.

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March 4, 2005

Bloggers, We Must Be Wary - No Protection For Journalism on Weblogs

Silicon Valley.com reports that a San Jose Judge has ruled there is no protection for journalists' confidential sources that lead to on-line articles.  For now, this is a victory for Apple who was seeking names of sources implicated in the leak of new product information.  So, as bloggers, we must be careful what we print and from where obtain our information.

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March 3, 2005

Nine Hours of Insight Into Harvard Business School's Admissions

Daniel J. T. Schuker reports in The Harvard Crimson that a hacker found a way to view letters of admission into Harvard Business School.  The catch is that these letters had not been sent out to the prospective students and were viewed about one month earlier than planned.  This information was obtainable for approximately nine hours before Harvard Business School made necessary changes to its existing technology.

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A Guide to "Who Rules The Internet"

Alex Simonelis of Dawson College in Montreal has posted a useful guide to the major bodies who control and decide issues related to the Internet's infrastructure, in ACM's Ubiquity.  Read it here.  {Michelle and Jonathan}

March 3, 2005 | Permalink

Eolas Techs. Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. - Good News for Microsoft in Patent Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed-in-part a ruling that had ordered Microsoft to pay millions of dollars arising from a patent infringement lawsuit regarding computer code.  The Federal Circuit ordered a new trial, which will afford Microsoft the opportunity to further explain its side.  The case can be found on LEXIS and Westlaw.

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March 2, 2005

Felony for Sending SPAM - One Conviction Dismissed and One Upheld

In a Washington Post article, it has been reported that a woman who was convicted of a felony for sending over 10,000 spam e-mails to various AOL subscribers has had the conviction dismissed.  Her brother, however, who was convicted of the same felony, did not receive a dismissal; his conviction still stands.  {Michelle and Jonathan}

March 2, 2005 | Permalink

Business Owners Beware - Keep Track of Your Company's Confidential Information - Keep it Private

In his article, "Attractive Targets," Christopher Wolf explains that businesses, including law firms, need to be aware that when storing confidential information using even the most sophisticated technology, the information may be capable of being released.  This subjects such businesses to privacy lawsuits. 

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March 1, 2005

A New York State website for Kosher Certification

The New York Times has reported that New York State is now offering a website for people who wish to view the kosher certification of various products.  This is great news for those who require the authenticity of the kosher standards by which they live.

March 1, 2005 | Permalink

Low Tech Privacy Lapses -- Part ???

In the latest example of low-tech privacy lapses, the Bank of America announced on February 25 (NY Times; registration required) that it had lost a backup tape containing the personal information of 1.2 million federal employees, including some senators.  The information came from files on credit cards issued by BoA.  Coming on the heels of the Choicepoint and Paris Hilton data breach incidents, each involving not super-high-tech malicious hacking but garden-variety fraud or social engineering, respectively, the BoA loss reminds us all that our organizations are vulnerable to both online and offline problems.  It also highlights the reality that backup tapes can contain much more information than we generally think about, an issue when it comes to discovery requests in litigation, and that with record retention obligations being strengthened in many industries, careful backup media management is not just a good idea, It's The Law.  {Michelle and Jonathan}

March 1, 2005 | Permalink

Costa Rica to Regulate (Ban?) VoIP

According to this article in TechWeb, the government of Costa Rica, through its state-owned telecom system Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), is proposing to regulate Internet-based telephony, otherwise known as Voice over IP or VoIP.   Critics quoted in the article claim that, at its most "draconian," the regulation could "criminalize" VoIP in Costa Rica.  This really goes to the larger issue of the appropriateness and scope of government regulation of VoIP throughout the world (including here in the US), involving issues of quality, emergency services, competition and consumer protection.  What do you think is the right approach for government to take regarding VoIP?  We'd like to know.  {Michelle and Jonathan}

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