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A left-wing German politician has filed charges against online encyclopedia Wikipedia for promoting the use of banned Nazi symbols in Germany. Katina Schubert, a deputy leader of the Left party, said she had filed the charge with Berlin police on the grounds that Wikipedia’s German language site contained too much Nazi symbolism, particularly an article on the Hitler Youth movement.
Security fears prompt call for scrapping of children’s database – Guardian Unlimited
The planned database containing the details of all 11 million children in England should be suspended because it is insecure and will put children’s safety at risk, an alliance of independent school heads and privacy campaigners warns today. In a letter to the Guardian, influential groups representing private schools, together with the human rights campaign Liberty, say it is “ludicrous” that the government intends to push on with the controversial ContactPoint database project while awaiting the outcome of a new security analysis of the system.
Charity auctions four types of rhino poop – USA Today
A non-profit group is selling pieces of “rhino poop” on eBay. The International Rhino Foundation says bidders have their choice of black rhino poop, white rhino poop, Indian rhino poop and Sumatran rhino poop.
Texas AG sues two sites for children’s privacy violations – Computerworld
Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott has sued two Web sites that cater to children for failing to take adequate measures to protect their identities and personal information. The lawsuits are the first in the U.S. to be brought under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998 and highlight the many privacy pitfalls facing minors that the law is designed to address.
The Software Freedom Law Center on Friday said it has filed a suit against Verizon Communications alleging that it has violated the terms of the General Public License, which governs the use of thousands of free and open-source software products. The suit is the fourth that the SFLC has filed on behalf of two programmers who wrote BusyBox, a software utility package covered under the GPL. BusyBox is typically embedded in hardware devices that use the Linux open-source operating system.
According to the FTC, Various, Inc., a California corporation doing business as AdultFriendFinder, AdultFriendFinder.com and Cams.com, as well as its various advertising affiliates use pop-up ads to drive traffic to its sites. Some of the ads included graphic depictions of sexual behavior, exposing consumersâincluding childrenâto sexually explicit images.
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