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"We're able to view just everything that they do," Verizon Wireless exec has boasted. Privacy groups say initiative -- including linking databases showing whether customers own pets -- may violate wiretap law.
A little-noticed section of the Stop Online Piracy Act could require deep-packet inspection and blocking IP addresses of copyright-infringing Web sites, a significant change from earlier versions.
Secretive start-up reportedly puts on hold controversial plans to display ads based on the monitoring of Web activity.
Three House members who have questioned the concept of Web monitoring to display relevant ads are questioning DSL provider Embarq. Their concern: Why not require customers to opt in?
Start-up engaging in deep packet inspection to deliver relevant advertisements faces hostile questioning by politicians who demand an opt-in standard instead of NebuAd's current procedures.
Congressmen Ed Markey and Joe Barton, who targeted Apple and Google before, now want Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to answer some pointed privacy questions.
During marathon hearing, politicians worry about everything from Facebook to peer-to-peer software, spam, NebuAd, cancer patients, and advertising, with no consensus on what to do next.
Two of Google's chief congressional critics are asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into whether the inadvertent collection of Street View Wi-Fi data violates the law.
Internet providers should keep logs for two years, says head of FBI's digital evidence section. But what about the practical and privacy issues?
In 2008, the immunization of companies assisting NSA wiretaps became a hot-button issue, as did P2P network monitoring.