[LINK] FTC Requests Tough Privacy Laws / Web Crawling Banned
Mon, 5 Jun 2000 12:28:56 +1000
Some US news that may be interesting to Linkers:
>From Netsurfer Digest: http://www.netsurf.com/nsd/
FTC Requests Tough Privacy Laws
You can view online the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report to Congress,
"Privacy Online: Fair Information Practices in the Electronic Marketplace", in
PDF format. You'll find the majority report (3-2), dissenting commentary by
Commissioner Swindler, and the partly concurring, partly dissenting opinion by
Commissioner Leary (we're not making up the names, honest!).
A news release summarizes the report for those living today's fast-paced,
can't-stop-to-think lifestyle to whom we cater. In essence, the FTC wants Web
sites to adopt tougher privacy standards. It argues that self-regulation has
achieved some success but notes that currently only 20% of Web sites come up to
snuff. The report concludes that legally controlling the collection of
information online is the only way to guarantee basic consumer protection and
privacy. Swindler wants a continuation of self-regulation; Leary wants to extend
protection to the offline world as well and is - um, leery of legislation.
Web Crawling on eBay Banned
In an act that could trigger a maelstrom of lawsuits, eBay has legally tightened
its control over how information on its site is used and viewed by other sites.
A US federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring Bidder's Edge
from crawling eBay for auction information. Bidder's Edge, an auction portal,
crawls over 170 auction sites and aggregates the results to facilitate item
searches, auction watches, and item notifications. Despite some analysis to the
contrary, eBay has successfully argued that such meta-searches either slow or
potentially slow its Web site operations. The decision finds that Bidder's Edge
is trespassing on eBay's private property. Bidder's Edge responds that it will,
of course, appeal. CNet has more.
Bidders Edge: http://www.biddersedge.com/home.jsp
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