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June 8, 2012
A Call for More Clarity on Net Access in Europe
From the article: "In Europe, the debate over unrestricted Internet access—so-called net neutrality—has shifted to a core question: How much should the European Union intervene when mobile Internet service providers restrict Web access? For example, many mobile operators prohibit the use of Skype, the free Internet calling service, because they prefer consumers pay to make calls…
The European neutrality debate has involved greater legal scrutiny of the traffic management strategies used by mobile operators. Current law permits European operators to manage traffic and assure adequate speeds and access for all."
Read the article by Kevin O'Brien, New York Times, June 6, 2012.
From the article: "...you might ask if there is any real harm in commercial tracking. Despite the hand-wringing, it's not so easy to find people who have been hurt by the collection of their personal data. Just ask the trial lawyers who have been bringing a ballooning number of privacy suits. At first, courts rebuffed their class-action claims; they could not show "injury in fact."
Recently, regulators have taken a more expansive view. The Federal Trade Commission now says privacy-related harms needn't be economic or physical but can also include practices that "unexpectedly reveal previously private information" like purchasing habits. That is opening the legal floodgates… Now that lawyers are involved, you'd be right to wonder if some useful enterprise is in the crosshairs. The answer, for some, is yes—and that enterprise is innovation."