Posts Tagged ‘Watchdog’

UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints

December 20th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments


nk497 writes “Earlier this year, the UK’s data watchdog the ICO started enforcing an EU rule that means websites must ask visitors before dropping cookies onto their computers. However, it was willing to accept “implied consent” — telling visitors that cookies are used on the site, and assuming they were fine with that if they keep using the site. That led to banners popping up on every major website, including the ICO’s site, warning users about cookies. Now, the ICO has revealed that many of the cookie-related complaints it’s received in the past six months are actually about those banners — and the law itself. The ICO said people “are unhappy with implied consent mechanisms, especially where cookies are placed immediately on entry to the site”, adding “a significant number of people also raised concerns about the new rules themselves and the effect of usability of websites.”"

Source: UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints

Australian Watchdog Frets Over BitCoin, MMOs’ Money Laundering Potential

August 16th, 2012 08:09 admin View Comments


angry tapir writes “Australia’s anti-money laundering watchdog AUSTRAC believes that money laundering using digital currencies such as Bitcoin and virtual worlds (such as MMOs) are possible ‘emerging threats’. The organisation’s latest ‘typologies’ report earmarked virtual worlds and Bitcoin as two areas that the agency would be monitoring, although at this stage no-one seems sure to what extent they are being used (and some of the issues with Bitcoin, such as the fluctuating exchange rate and limited options for transferring value to real-world currencies through conversion to non-digital currencies or using it to pay for goods or services, mean that it’s unlikely it’s being used for money laundering on a significant scale).”

Source: Australian Watchdog Frets Over BitCoin, MMOs’ Money Laundering Potential

Watchdog “Not Ready” To Probe Cookie Complaints

August 13th, 2012 08:11 admin View Comments


nk497 writes “The UK data watchdog has admitted it doesn’t have any staff investigating cookie consent complaints, more than a year after the law came in via an EU directive. The regulation requires websites to ask before dropping cookies and other tracking devices onto users’ computers, and came into law in May 2011. The Information Commissioner’s Office gave websites a year’s grace period to update their websites, but failed to use that time to get its team together, meaning the 320 reports of sites not in compliance it’s already received haven’t been investigated at all.”

Source: Watchdog “Not Ready” To Probe Cookie Complaints

Google Didn’t Delete All Street View Wi-Fi Data

July 27th, 2012 07:37 admin View Comments


nk497 writes “Google is in more trouble over the Street View Wi-Fi data slurping incident. Two years ago Google admitted it had collected snippets of personal data while sniffing for Wi-Fi connections. The UK’s data watchdog, the ICO, didn’t fine Google, but did demand it delete the collected data. Following the FCC’s investigation, the ICO double-checked with Google that the data was deleted, receiving confirmation that it had. Except… it hadn’t all been deleted, Google has now admitted. That breaches the deal between the ICO and Google, and the watchdog has said it’s in talks with other regulators about what to do next.”

Source: Google Didn’t Delete All Street View Wi-Fi Data

Apple Fined By Italy For Misleading Customers About Warranty Terms

December 28th, 2011 12:08 admin View Comments


beaverdownunder writes “An Italian watchdog has fined Apple 900,000 euros ($1.2m, £750,000) for failing to inform Italian shoppers of their legal right to two years of technical support, recognizing instead only a one-year standard warranty. This had led people to pay extra for Apple’s own support service, AppleCare, which overlapped with the government-mandated guarantee.”

Source: Apple Fined By Italy For Misleading Customers About Warranty Terms

EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation

December 6th, 2011 12:13 admin View Comments


nk497 writes “The European Commission is investigating Apple and five publishers regarding ebook pricing, after raiding ebook firms earlier this year. ‘The Commission will in particular investigate whether these publishing groups and Apple have engaged in illegal agreements or practices that would have the object or the effect of restricting competition,’ the watchdog said.”

Source: EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation

In Rural UK, Old 2G Phones Beat 3G Smarphones For Connectivity

August 13th, 2011 08:26 admin View Comments


hypnosec writes “A new research has showed that Smartphones are worse in connectivity than 2G enabled mobile phones in remote areas in the United Kingdom. The research conducted by telecom watchdog OfCom has revealed that users should invest in mobile phones different than latest Smartphones, if they prioritize best reception for calls. ‘As would be expected, all the 2G operators have widespread coverage of the roads that were surveyed with relatively few not-spots. 3G coverage is much lower on the roads driven, likely reflecting the stage of network roll out in Devon at the time of the study,’ the OfCom has reported.”

Source: In Rural UK, Old 2G Phones Beat 3G Smarphones For Connectivity

Escaping Infinite Loops

August 2nd, 2011 08:05 admin View Comments


twocentplain writes in with an MIT news release about Jolt, a research project designed to unfreeze software stuck in an infinite loop (for a subset of infinite loops). It uses a combination of static instrumentation (using LLVM) and a run time watchdog that checks the program state during loop iteration; when a duplicate state is detected it permits the user to take one a few actions to escape the loop. The authors claim it works well enough that the program can often continue operating properly. The original paper contains detailed case studies.

Source: Escaping Infinite Loops

Anti-Piracy Lawyers ‘Knew Letters Hit Innocents’

November 19th, 2010 11:49 admin View Comments

nk497 writes “A UK legal watchdog has claimed lawyers who sent out letters demanding settlement payments from alleged file-sharers knew they would end up hitting innocent people. The Solicitors Regulators Authority said the two Davenport Lyons lawyers ‘knew that in conducting generic campaigns against those identified as IP holders whose IP numeric had been used for downloading or uploading of material that they might in such generic campaigns be targeting people innocent of any copyright breach.’ The SRA also said the two lawyers lost their independence because they convinced right holders to allow them to act on their behalf by waiving hourly fees and instead taking a cut of the settlements. The pair earned £150,000 of the £370,000 collected from alleged file-sharers. Because they were looking to recoup their own costs, the lawyers ignored clients’ concerns about the negative publicity the letter campaign could — and eventually did — cause, the SRA claimed.”

Source: Anti-Piracy Lawyers ‘Knew Letters Hit Innocents’

Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use

June 30th, 2010 06:32 admin View Comments

MexiCali59 writes “Liberal watchdog CREW has joined Republican Congressman Darrell Issa in calling for an investigation into whether White House staffers regularly use private email accounts to communicate with lobbyists. The allegations, first reported last week by the New York Times, would likely constitute a violation of federal law as well as an ethics pledge created by Obama upon taking office last year.”

Source: Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use