[LINK] on the filtering front

Jan Whitaker 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 
settings (see 
google.com/help/customize.html#safe). In 
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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