[LINK] on the filtering front
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Sun Apr 12 12:16:54 AEST 2009
[can you tell I'm clearing out my rss reader?
this is a crossover of the net filtering thread and reading the EULA]
An anonymous reader writes "Recently, I decided
to try out Google Chrome. With my usual mistrust
of Google, I decided to carefully read the EULA
before installing the software. I paused when I
stumbled upon this section: '7.3 Google reserves
the right (but shall have no obligation) to
pre-screen, review, flag, filter, modify, refuse
or remove any or all Content from any Service.
For some of the Services, Google may provide
tools to filter out explicit sexual content.
These tools include the SafeSearch preference
addition, there are commercially available
services and software to limit access to material
that you may find objectionable.' Does this mean
that Google reserves the right to filter my web
browsing experience in Chrome (without my consent
to boot)? Is this a carry-over from the EULAs of
Google's other services (gmail, blogger etc), or
is this something more significant? One would
think that after the previous EULA affair with
Chrome, Google would try to sound a little less draconian."
[better yet, tax 'em]
Sweden's tax authorities are cracking down on
unreported webcam stripper income. They estimate
that hundreds of Swedish women are dodging the
law, resulting in a tax loss of about 40m Swedish
kronor (£3.3m) annually. The search involves tax
officials examining stripper websites, hours upon
hours, for completely legitimate purposes. A
slightly disheveled project leader said 200
Swedish strippers had been investigated so far,
adding the total could be as much as 500. "They
are young girls, we can see from the photos. We
think that perhaps they are not well informed about the rules," he said.
[remember the Wikileaks thingo? update]
mb writes to mention that Germany has gone one
step further in impeding access to Wikileaks.
Germany's registration authority, DENIC, recently
suspended Wikileaks.de without notice. "The
action comes two weeks after the house of the
German WikiLeaks domain sponsor, Theodor Reppe,
was searched by German authorities. Police
documentation shows that the March 24, 2009 raid
was triggered by WikiLeaks' publication of
Australia's proposed secret internet censorship
list. The Australian Communications and Media
Authority (ACMA) told Australian journalists that
they did not request the intervention of the German government."
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
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