YouTube Hands over User Histories including user’s names and IP Address’

In March Viacom, filed suit against Google for more that $1 Billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of copyrighted material.

“threatens to expose deeply private information,” says The Electronic Frontier Foundation.

clipped from blog.wired.com

Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom
Youtubelogo2 Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday.
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The web knows way too much about us

Very compelling web site that is based in Denmark. It shows you exactly what web servers know about you, just by surfing onto a web page. It shows weakness’s and vulnerability in even the most secure web browsers. Some of this information is needed, such as; do you have Quicktime or AcitiveX installed; does your browser support cookies; what version of Google toolbar (if any and what version) is installed; plus various software and firmware updater’s.

Some information I am not so clear on. Why would an internet web site need to know; Can your C Drive be shown? Number of CD ROM drives and drive letter; Certificates installed; host name or network name.

http://gemal.dk/

Using Windows online is like surfing a virtual minefield

Windows is a Minefield on the Internet

I installed Windows onto a fresh Parallels partition. Spent five hours going to ABCNews, FoxNews, Facebook, Google, Netflix and YouTube.

I ran Norton and found 6 virus’, 512 tracking cookies and 3 attempts to access’ my computer from an unauthorized/malicious web site.

Why do Windows users put up with that?

Internet users may not have ‘unlimited accesss’. ISP’s to start charging for bandwidth.

Remember the frantic, forwarded emails about the government charging a tax on email? People were very upset until most learned that it was an Urban Legend…
People may start paying by the ‘byte’ if ISP’s have anything to do with it. …And unfortunately this is no Urban Legend.
clipped from www.nytimes.com

Charging by the Byte to Curb Internet Traffic
Some people use the Internet simply to check e-mail and look up phone numbers. Others are online all day, downloading big video and music files.
For years, both kinds of Web surfers have paid the same price for access. But now three of the country’s largest Internet service providers are threatening to clamp down on their most active subscribers by placing monthly limits on their online activity
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