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April, 2010

  • 27 April

    Setting Ethical Standards for Hosting

    In a previous post, I explained the importance of having a Terms of Service (TOS) (Acceptable Use) agreement and privacy policy for your website. They protect both the users and the website owners. One question that might arise, however, is how to determine what acceptable use actually is. It is …

  • 23 April

    Protecting Your Whois Information

    If you run a company and have your domain registered under the name of that company, having your Whois information public might actually do your business some good. If something ever goes wrong with your website, Internet-savvy customers will still know how to contact you. But if you are an …

March, 2010

  • 1 March

    Privacy policies and terms of service agreements

    Even if you did not pay attention to them, you have probably seen privacy policies and terms of service statements on multiple websites, especially those owned by major businesses. If you are just starting out with a new web hosting account, do you really need to worry about such things? …

February, 2010

  • 19 February

    Google CEO: "[W]e can literally know everything if we want to"

    These days, it seems like Google runs everything. From Google Desktop to Google Search to Google WiFi in some areas, the company is in a position to collect all sorts of data about its users. The fears of privacy advocates will not be put to rest any time soon, however. …

January, 2010

  • 11 January

    FTC to look into security and privacy of cloud computing

    America’s Federal Trade Commission will hold a roundtable discussion later this month on the privacy and security of cloud computing. Social networking and mobile computing will also be covered. David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, stated in a letter to the government agency: …the ability of …

September, 2009

  • 8 September

    Hide your identity with WHOIS privacy protection

    When you register a domain, you are required to supply your registrar with accurate contact details. These are used not only for clerical purposes and to prevent fraud, but also, per ICANN rules, must be added to the official WHOIS database. WHOIS is essentially a giant phonebook for the web. …

July, 2009

  • 29 July

    Should falsifying domain contact information be illegal?

    Few Americans know that it is in fact illegal to to falsify personal details when registering a domain. With the enacting of the Truth in Domain Names Act in 2003, it became a crime to “knowingly and with the intent to defraud” provide false contact information to a domain registrar. …

June, 2009

  • 30 June

    The Pirate Bay introduces video sharing site

    Not to be deterred by a little litigation and jail time, the founders of The Pirate Bay plan to launch a new video sharing site. The new potential YouTube competitor will feature videos without copyright restrictions, the company claims. YouTube has long been the subject of copyright disputes with numerous …

  • 17 June

    UK government to restrict Internet access of pirates

    The British government has announced plans to curb Internet piracy by restricting access of repeat offenders. In collaboration with the entertainment industry and Ofcom, Britain’s broadcasting regulator, the plan includes sending letters to customers who have been suspected of downloading illegal files, such as movies. Internet service providers would be …

  • 5 June

    EFF tracks policy changes on Facebook, YouTube and others

    TOSBack is a new site created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that tracks terms of service (TOS) agreements on major websites such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, eBay, Apple, and WordPress. In the past, some major social media sites have instituted TOS agreements that alarmed users and raised questions about their …