Burns and Wyden have reintroduced the SPY BLOCK Act in the Senate (S 687). Initial text here. This is the Senate complement to the SPY Act in the House (HR 29).

Last week, the Utah governor signed HB 104, the amendment to Utah’s Spyware Control Act. The amendment is, in fact, a nearly complete rewrite of the prior law. I blogged on the proposed law last month, and since then further…

Not a surprise, but today the Utah governor signed HB 260, the ridiculous Internet service provider-as-filterer law. See my earlier critique (I think there are other objectionable aspects of the bill; I tried to control myself). Anyone want to make…

Just-launched ZoomInfo aggregates web information about individuals into a single profile. The business model is a little opaque. The website offers a subscription service for “recruiting, sales intelligence and other markets”, and the article says that “the free “people search”…

The ACLU has put together a humorous (?) look at the possible consequences of a National ID number and widespread data sharing. But the satire partially backfires; I actually wish that vendors offered some of the depicted services! And if…

Lots of buzz about AFP’s lawsuit against Google for displaying AFP’s headlines and photos in Google News. Personally, I think Google News is great, and I use it often. However, we can’t let our love for Google blind us to…

Politech reports that Batzel v. Smith has been dismissed for procedural reasons. See multi-page TIFF here (I had problems viewing this with my browser–if anyone has a cleaner version, please advise). UPDATE: Evan Brown of InternetCases.com converted the TIFF to…

The EFF has come out against the Trademark Dilution Revision Act. UPDATE: The law has passed. My comments on the Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006 as passed.

In writing about the Eyetools eye-tracking technology, Chris Sherman says: “In one study, for example, Eyetools inserted gibberish into E*Trade’s homepage to illustrate that content in a “visual dead zone” doesn’t get read and might as well not exist. Some…

New ruling from the Versailles Court of Appeals in the Google/Viaticum, Luteciel case over Google France’s sale of the keywords “bourse de voyages”, “bourse de vols” and “bdv” to competitors. Once again, Google France loses. The French courts continue to…