Monthly Archives: August 2012

Federal Trade Commission suing Dish Network for violating Telemarketing Sales Rule

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Satellite TV provider, Dish Network, is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly violating the Federal Trade Commission’s “Telemarketing Sales Rule” by calling millions of people who have asked to be taken off the company’s call list. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said that “it is particularly disappointing when a well-established, nationally known company – which ought to know better – appears to have flagrantly and illegally made millions of invasive calls to Americans who specifically told Dish Network to leave them alone.” read more

19 million Americans cannot get high-speed Internet broadband access

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced during its eighth annual broadband progress report on the state of broadband/Internet access in America, announced that 19 million Americans still do not have access to  high-speed broadband above the 3Mbps threshold. However, the report also detailed the advances the progress that  is being made, including “LTE deployment by mobile networks.”

The FCC’s report highlights the concerns that 6% of Americans – 19 million – still lack any access to high-speed broadband. FCC further clarified the specific areas of concern: read more

Visited links and JavaScript: A privacy issue – Website owners can know websites you’ve visited before

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I recall reading an article several years ago about a privacy issue with regards to the difference in colours between visited links and unvisited links and that website owners can write some JavaScript to determine, based on certain differences between visited and unvisited hyperlinks, whether you have visited a website before. Of course this was (and still is) a privacy issue but some browsers have rectified what was previously a privacy issue by changing the way in which hyperlinks can be changed to prevent website owners from being able to determine whether a visitor has visited a certain website before. For example, Mozilla in 2010 had changed the way in which hyperlink colours can be fetched using JavaScript. In March 2010, a privacy engineer for Mozilla had announced that Firefox would in the near future be making some changes to “plug” the privacy issue by preventing layout-based, timing-based and computed style attacks. The most interesting looks to be timing-based attacks, as it isn’t the simplest form of determining hyperlinks that have already been visited by a visitor on a website that makes use of these flaws in order to understand what websites a visitor has visited before. read more