In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: How To Open Up The Floodgates
2. Today's Top Story
- Apple To Face Online Writers' Appeal In California
- Apple Says Beatles' Agreement Narrow
- Gibson Guitar CEO Says DRM Challenges Market
3. Breaking News
- Optimized IE Exploit Speeds Up Infection
- Patch Management Holds The Line Against Application Assaults
- InformationWeek Spring Conference: Successful Transformation Requires People, Says FedEx CIO
- Dell, Apple Lead In Brand Trust; Microsoft Dead Last
- EDS To Acquire Majority Stake In Indian Outsourcer
- EU Misses Target By Aiming At Microsoft: Analyst
- AOL Offers New Services For Mobile Users
- Google Offers Ads In Local Mapping Service
- Lucent, Alcatel Agree On $36 Billion Merger
- McAfee Rolls Out Centralized Security Management
- Microsoft Offers Free Virtual Server, Will Support Linux Guests
- TI Device Converges Bluetooth, WLAN, FM Audio
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Why Privacy Won't Matter (Newsweek International)
- Is Google Courting The GOP? (Hidden Nook Blog)
- Pointing Out Failings For All On Web To See (Baltimore Sun)
5. In Depth: Mac Attack
- iPod Is Allowed Under Previous Pact With Record Company: Apple
- Apple Hears Complaints, Offers Volume Controls
- Apple Gains Support For Fighting France On iTunes
- Apple iPod Vs. Wolverine MVP
6. Voice Of Authority
- IT Confidential: Another Low Moment At The High Court
7. White Papers
- The E-Procurement Benchmark Report--Less Hype, More Results
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1. Editor's Note: How To Open Up The Floodgates
Do you wish you had more junk mail? Not enough spam clogging your
E-mail box? Do you want a wider variety of marketing
solicitations? Well, help is on the way! When you sit down to do
your 2006 federal income taxes, make sure you do a good job. We
wouldn't want any erroneous information going out to the reams of
buyers lining up in hopes of buying what the Privacy Rights
Clearinghouse (PRC) calls "the map to your life."
The IRS, you see, is holding hearings today, April 4, on some rule
changes, one of which will have the effect of making it much
easier for the rest of the world to gain access to what has to be
the Holy Grail for marketing--and identity theft.
The IRS wants to update rules surrounding the disclosure and use
of taxpayer data that were written for a paper-based world. Some
of the proposed changes will require consumer consent where none
was previously required, applauds the PRC. But its jaw dropped
over one small change, which the IRS characterizes as a way to
provide taxpayers with a "meaningful opportunity to consent to
the use and disclosure of their tax return information."
In contrast, the PRC describes that same proposal to remove
restrictions on who taxpayer data can be shared with as "opening
the door for far more insidious privacy invasions."
I have to agree. Even with consumer consent, this sure looks like
a Pandora's box just waiting to be opened. You can go to my blog to read why consumer groups are horrified, and why some insist that informed consent is just not
possible in this instance.
Apple Says Beatles' Agreement Narrow
The music firm claims the computer company agreed 15 years ago to
stay out of the music business, while the computer company claims
iTunes sells digital files and therefore doesn't infringe on an
agreement it characterizes as "narrow."
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