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Ireland OKs three-strikes, BPI to sue UK music fans

Ireland's legal system has approved the disconnection of unlawful file-sharers from the internet, after a judge ruled such disconnections did not contravene data protection legislation.The Irish high court had been examining the issue of disconnecting file-sharers of copyrighted material, after Eircom agreed to the 'three-strikes' disconnections in a settlement with EMI, Sony BMG, Warner and Universal.

April 20, 2010 by

Viacom statement on YouTube user data

Viacom is trying to alleviate concerns about how it will use the YouTube user data it requested in discovery – and that the judge in Viacom v Google approved. In a press release this week, Viacom explains:Viacom has not asked for and will not be obtaining any personally identifiable information of any YouTube user.

July 9, 2008 by

Judge: Viacom gets 12TB of YouTube user data

A federal judge ordered (PDF) Google to hand over 12 terabytes of YouTube user data to Viacom, finding that the list of "login IDs" does not qualify as personally identifying information.In opposing Viacom's request for the information, Google had asserted users' privacy rights: "Plaintiffs would likely be able to determine the viewing and video uploading habits of YouTube’s users based on the user’s login ID and the user’s IP address.

July 3, 2008 by

County's loss of voting data leads to new election

In another case that puts into question the usability of electronic voting machines, a California judge is likely to order a new election for a Berkeley, CA, ballot initiative that lost due to dubious electronic voting machine data, reports IDG News Service.Judge Winifred Smith of the Alameda County Superior Court said she may put a medical marijuana initiative back on the ballot due to a questionable ballot count.

July 16, 2007 by

Utility data centers--IT utopia?

The idea of the utility data center is to make IT a resource that can be turned on at will and used by many applications. But Peter Judge wonders whether suppliers are trying to lock users in, in exchange for cheaper cost of ownership.

January 7, 2003 by

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