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Privacy group calls for companies to disclose use of 'Web bugs'  18 September 2000 
Source: Computer World - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Companies and online advertisers that use information-gathering "Web bugs" on their Web sites should plainly disclose the presence of the technology to users, according to a Denver-based privacy group that proposed a set of standards on that topic this week. . . .
Groups drop Amazon over privacy policy  17 September 2000 
Source: USA TOday - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Charging that's new privacy policy does not adequately protect customers' personal data, two consumer privacy groups have ended business relationships with Amazon. The Electronic Privacy Information Center and privacy advocate Junkbusters said they wanted to call consumers' and legislators' attention . . .
Most federal sites fail privacy test  12 September 2000 
Source: msnbc - Posted by Jen Olson   
A staggering 97 percent of federal Web sites fail to adhere to the four basic privacy principles that the Federal Trade Commission has recommended be made mandatory for all private sector Web sites, according a government report scheduled for release Tuesday.The . . .
OMB clarifies use of ’cookies’  12 September 2000 
Source: Federal Computer Week - Posted by Chris Pallack   
The Office of Management and Budget last week amended its privacy policy to allow agencies to use certain types of technology to personalize their Web sites for visitors. Privacy has become one of the overriding concerns of agencies, Congress and citizens . . .
Trading Net Privacy At E-Checkout  11 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Signs are multiplying that online privacy is fast becoming a moot point - at least for shoppers., the second largest retail site on the Web, has a click-through rate on its privacy policy link of 0.009 percent, or 9 in 100,000 visitors. The company had 8.1 million unique visitors in August.. . .
Bills would protect against Net surveillance  11 September 2000 
Source: USA Today - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
The proposed wiretap bill would make it more difficult for prosecutors to obtain court permission to monitor the telephone numbers dialed by a suspect. The bill would require the same standard of evidence now needed for permission to tap a telephone conversation. . . .
Privacy Not High Priority For E-Businesses  08 September 2000 
Source: ComputerUser - Posted by Jen Olson   
E-businesses place privacy low on their list of priorities and appear most worried about hackers and other security issues, a survey has found. The survey, part of the Cutter Consortium's E-Business Trends, Strategies and Technologies report released Wednesday, pegged security, cost . . .
Researchers refuse Carnivore review  08 September 2000 
Source: USA Today - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Five groups of researchers have bowed out of the competition to evaluate the so-called Carnivore Internet surveillance system. And that likely will dash Justice Department hopes that a major university would validate its controversial eavesdropping device, participants said Tuesday.. . .
E-mail monitoring bill studied  07 September 2000 
Source: InfoWorld - Posted by Pete O'Hara   
A bill proposed earlier this summer that would prohibit companies from secretly monitoring their employees' e-mail messages and Internet usage could get key congressional subcommittee approval next week as lawmakers rush to finish up business before adjourning early next month. . . .
FBI Defends Carnivore Before Congress  07 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
The FBI vigorously defended its controversial "Carnivore" email spy tool Wednesday during Congressional hearings probing the balance between law enforcement needs and privacy rights. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the assembled senators and witnesses that . . .
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