First Penalty for Astroturfing

A cosmetic surgery company in the USA is the first to be penalised for ‘astroturfing’ – the creation of false consumer reviews endorsing its services. The US company has agreed to stop posting fake positive reviews on the internet and to pay $300,000 in penalties and costs.

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FOSS Presentation Now Online

Richard Kemp’s much praised presentation to a recent SCL Meeting on open source issues is now available as a transcript.

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Tiered Data Notification Fees

A new fee structure for data protection notification has been published and comes into force on 1 October.

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Social Networking Sites: Article 29 Working Party Opinion

The Article 29 Working Party has published an Opinion which focuses on how the operation of social networking sites can meet the requirements of EU data protection legislation. It is intended to provide guidance to SNS providers on the measures that need to be in place to ensure compliance with EU law.

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Blogging Anonymity

A High Court ruling has determined that an anonymous blogger cannot get an injunction to prevent publication of his identity.

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