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  1. Yelp: Court Ruling on Anonymous Customer Reviews 'Could Have a Chilling Effect on Free Speech'

    This ruling also shows the need for strong state and federal legislation to prevent meritless lawsuits aimed solely at stifling free speech. A U.S.court has ordered local business review website Yelp to reveal the names of seven of its anonymous...

  2. Google Blocks Child Abuse Images on 100,000 Search Terms

    If the search engines are unable to deliver on their commitment to prevent child abuse material being returned from search terms used by paedophiles, I will bring forward legislation that will ensure it happens," he said.

  3. 9 Ways to Prepare for a Future Without Cookie Tracking

    It was over a year ago that I first wrote about do not track legislation, and luckily for most organizations the browser-provided imperative is loosely supported or regulated today, with very few sites adhering to interpretation and compliance of...

  4. Google Algorithm Tweak Tries to Squash Mug Shot Websites

    Before Google stepped in with its mighty algorithm, many states had already tried to regulate these for-profit mug shot sites with legislationlegislation that violated the First Amendment, some journalists argued.

  5. Google Doodle Marks 50th Anniversary of King's 'I Have a Dream' Speech

    The speech is considered a defining moment in the American Civil Rights Movement, and was in response to the civil rights legislation President Kennedy had proposed in June of that year. Today's Google Doodle celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.s "I...

  6. The Dirty Lawsuit Could be First of its Kind in Reputation Management

    Some of the judges on the federal panel argued that such legislation inhibits freedom of speech, and had blocked some parts of the original draft. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings, LLC is of particular interest to the reputation management...

  7. Google Accused of Being Too Slow to Derank Pirate Websites

    There is talk of a review and new legislation. Google has been accused of not deranking so-called "piracy" websites as it promised to do. Google had said that it would not return "piracy" websites in its search results as an attempt to see off...

  8. SEMPO Appeals to FTC for Updated Search Engine Disclosure Guidelines

    We also compiled and submitted thoughtful and informative communications to the Senate and the House of Representatives concerning the proposed SOPA/PIPA legislation, and we mobilized others to do the same.

  9. 7 Stages of “Do Not Track” Grief: A Survival Guide for Analysts & Online Marketers

    Are you ready for IE10 and do not track legislation? Unfortunately, the sad truth is that Do Not Track legislation is coming whether we like it or not. In recent days, Google has also unveiled new Chrome features for Do Not Track.

  10. Google, Facebook & Amazon Quietly Forming Tech Lobbying Group?

    The IA plans to launch sometime this September and will focus on getting Internet-related legislation passed by the U.S.government. The group will be the first lobbying association to combine the forces of Internet companies for the sole purpose of...

  11. RIAA President: Google ‘Misused Its Power’ by Protesting SOPA

    It seems RIAA President Cary Sherman is still steamed that Google was able to derail the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) by encouraging more than 7 million people to sign petitions opposing the legislation.

  12. Google Won't Pause New Privacy Policy - Should They Have To?

    The problem we seem to see over and over with privacy and other Internet-related concerns (which we also witnessed throughout the SOPA protest) is that it takes the scrutiny and evaluation of proposed legislation or policy by the public themselves...

  13. SOPA, PIPA On Hold, But a New Threat on Horizon

    Though this type of backlash is a politician’s worst nightmare in an election year, vested parties are none too pleased the bills didn’t pass and will continue to pressure lawmakers to enact anti-piracy legislation.

  14. SOPA Explained: Why It’s Bad for the Web & How to #StopSOPA

    So why is new anti-piracy legislation necessary? Could anti-piracy legislation be a new instrument for black hat SEO’s to commit sabotage? With that said, the very complexity of piracy and the structure and ecosystem of the Internet is a problem in...