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AT&T GigaPower Aggressively Tracks Users Online

How much is online privacy worth? $29 per month, according to AT&T, which is offering new ultra-fast Internet service called GigaPower that aggressively tracks users’ browsing activity unless they pay extra. GigaPower, which is currently available only in select United States cities, provides gigabit-speed bandwidth for residential customers. AT&T is offering the service to compete …

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Australia’s New Internet Censorship Law Will Be Tested

A legal demand is testing Internet censorship policies for the first time in Australia, where an Internet service provider, or ISP, has been threatened with a lawsuit if it does not block online content. The case centers on a website owned by an Australian construction company. Another construction company says the site infringes its copyright. …

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Europe Wants U.S. Companies To Provide “Bullet-Proof” Privacy

Government authorities in the United States and European Union are negotiating new policies that could have a major impact on the way multinational companies share private user information. The talks began following the European Court of Justice’s rejection last month of the “Safe Harbor” arrangement between the United States and the European Union. That deal …

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Report: Russia Is Building an Internet “Off Switch”

Could Russia be pursuing a policy of “Internet sovereignty” that would allow the government to isolate the country’s Internet users from the rest of the world at will? That’s what Newsweek suggests in a recent report on Russian online censorship. As the article notes, Internet censorship in Russia has increased steadily in recent years as …

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Ukraine’s Cyberpolice Plan Registry of Censored Websites

Ukraine became the latest country to introduce systematic online censorship this month with the government’s announcement of a “cyberpolice” force. According to the government, the main purpose of Ukraine’s cyberpolice is to combat criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, phishing, money laundering and digital piracy. The force’s creation is part of a …

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