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Comment Almost all content downloaded has copyrights (Score 1) 157

allow your ISP to give you gradually sterner warnings and possible punishment if you download copyrighted material

Sloppy stuff from DailyDot : we would probably all blow through our six chances on the very first web page we visit, since just about everything that is downloaded has copyrights. The distinction between authorised and infringing use of copyrighted material, which appears to have whooshed the article author, is likely the reason this scheme is having trouble getting off the ground.

Submission + - Internet troll jailed (

Vainglorious Coward writes: An internet troll who posted videos and messages mocking the deaths of teenagers, including a girl hit by a train, has been jailed. Unemployed Sean Duffy targeted Facebook tribute pages and posted videos on YouTube taunting the dead and their families. Jailing him for 18 weeks, the chair of the bench told him: "You have caused untold distress to already grieving friends and family. The offences are so serious only a custodial sentence could be justified." Duffy was also given a five-year antisocial behaviour order to prohibit him from creating and accessing social network sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo and Myspace. He will also have to inform police of any phone he has or buys that comes with internet access.

Comment Re:The way it should be (Score 1) 268

what has become of Conrad Black?

I'm happy to report that the recalcitrant crook has been sent back to prison . I confess I particularly enjoyed the reports of the fragrant Barbara fainting in the court room. That Connie submitted his letters of reference written by fellow inmates was also a delightfully humbling detail.

Comment But you have no point (Score 1) 222

It is your analogy that is ludicrous and you continue to cling to it as though it has some relevance. It has none. It is up to Google to follow the law. The law governs the collection, use, retention and disclosure of personal information - just because the data can be readily captured doesn't then make it "fair game" for whatever a third party wants to do with it. I readily concede that "fair game" is precisely the situation in the US - personal infomation is an asset that can be bought and sold like any other - but you should recognise that the rest of the civilised world does not share this lackadaisical approach. It always puzzled me that in the land of the free, there is barely any protection for individuals' privacy.

Comment Re:Google broke privacy laws (Score 2, Informative) 222

Nice little discussion you're having, but all your analogies miss the point completely. I don't know how you got on this "plain view" furrow, but it has no relevance. The simple fact is that personal information - recorded information that uniquely identifies an individual - has special status. It's special. The law says so. The legislation governs, among other things, how such data is collected and how it is used. Whether or not it is in "plain view" is neither here nor there. Google completely ignored the law regarding collection of data.

I understand how all this legislated information privacy is terra incognita for you, but these are not my opinions, they are those of the Canadian Privacy commissioner. You should check out her website.

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