• By: Melody Zhang
    Date: 07 Aug 2012
    Google is on the hook for as much as $2 billion in damages for digitally scanning 2.7 million university library books without permission, the Authors Guild claims in a long-running lawsuit testing the limits of U.S. copyright law.
  • By: Melody Zhang
    Date: 06 Aug 2012
    Two Democratic congressman are proposing sweeping changes to U.S. privacy law that for the first time would always require the government to obtain a probable-cause warrant to access data stored in the cloud. This law would amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
  • By: Melody Zhang
    Date: 06 Aug 2012
    Three employees of China's main search engine Baidu have been arrested on suspicion of having accepted bribes to delete posts from its forum service. Baidu's spokeswoman Betty Tian said the sums involved amounted to "tens of thousands of yuan".
  • By: Melody Zhang
    Date: 06 Aug 2012
    A Catholic priest from a parish in the rural Eastern Province of Zambia has been deported by the Zambian government for a Sunday sermon in which he allegedly preached that the rich in the country were getting richer while the poor were getting poorer.
  • By: Malavika Jagannathan
    Date: 03 Aug 2012
    BlackBerry maker Research in Motion's (RIM) four-year standoff with the Indian government over providing encryption keys for its secure corporate emails and popular messenger services is finally set to end. RIM recently demonstrated a solution developed by a firm called Verint that can intercept messages and emails exchanged between BlackBerry handsets, and make these encrypted communications available in a readable format to Indian security agencies, according to an exchange of communications between the Canadian company and the Indian government.
  • By: Malavika Jagannathan
    Date: 03 Aug 2012
    Yahoo! Inc., the operator of the biggest U.S. Web portal, was sued for negligence over its disclosure that as many as 450,000 user names and passwords were stolen from one of its sites. A Yahoo user who said his login credentials were posted online after a hacker infiltrated a company database on July 11 filed a complaint July 31 in federal court in San Jose, California. Jeff Allan of New Hampshire said in his complaint that Yahoo failed to adequately safeguard his personal information and seeks an order requiring the company to compensate him and other users for account fraud and for measures they have had to take to protect accounts put at risk by the Yahoo breach.
  • By: Malavika Jagannathan
    Date: 02 Aug 2012
    The Government will not censor or manage Internet content, Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said on Thursday. The Minister has consented to form a multi-stakeholder meeting involving industry, citizens, academicians and NGOs to discuss the IT rules governing Internet-related entities. The Ministry will set up a working group that will actively review and examine the IT rules and make recommendations to the Government.
  • By: Malavika Jagannathan
    Date: 02 Aug 2012
    Mobile phone and Internet services have been cut in Aleppo, Syria's second city, where a crucial battle is taking place between rebels and the army, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. An activist, who asked not to be identified, confirmed that the Internet, landlines and some mobile services were down in the northern city, Syria's commercial hub.
  • By: Malavika Jagannathan
    Date: 01 Aug 2012
    Twitter is acknowledging a mistake in how it handled a tweet by a Los Angeles-based journalist that included the email of the NBC Olympics president. Alex Macgillivray, general counsel for the social media website, wrote in a blog post Tuesday that the company’s team working with NBC for their Olympic partnership “proactively” identified the tweet it said was in violation of its rules and encouraged the network to report it.
  • By: Malavika Jagannathan
    Date: 01 Aug 2012
    Internet freedom activists are up in arms after the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology called on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) last week to block pornographic sites for their users. The activists say censoring these sites would set a bad precedent and violate individual freedoms, citing a UN Human Rights Council resolution issued last month which affirmed that freedom of expression on the Internet is a universal right and urged governments to promote access to the Internet.