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EU court cool on copyright enforcement by private companies

In Big Brother, Europe News on April 18, 2011 at 12:17 am

By Honor Mahony

In an opinion with significant implications for ongoing EU discussions on how to deal with online copyright infringement and internet piracy, an EU advocate general on Thursday said a Belgian internet provider cannot be forced by a national court to block users from illegally sharing music.

Pedro Cruz Villalon of the European Court of Justice argued that ordering an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to filter and block electronic communications in a bid to protect copyright in principle “infringes fundamental rights”.

In the opinion, normally endorsed in the final ruling by the court, the advocate general expressed concern about delegating legal responsibility for the fight against illegal downloading and suggested that any measure taken against internet users would be allowed “only if it were adopted on a national legal basis which was accessible, clear and predictable”.

He also said that if an ISP installs a filtering system, this would breach the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights on data protection and…

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Obama moves forward with Internet ID plan

In Americas on April 18, 2011 at 12:17 am

By Declan McCullagh

The Obama administration said today that it’s moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.

At an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., administration officials downplayed privacy and civil liberties concerns about their proposal, which they said would be led by the private sector and not be required for Americans who use the Internet.

There’s “no reliable way to verify identity online” at the moment, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, citing the rising tide of security threats including malware and identity theft that have grown increasingly prevalent over the last few years. “Passwords just won’t cut it here.”

A 55-page document (PDF) released by the White House today adds a few more details to the proposal, which still remains mostly hazy and inchoate.

It offers examples of what the White House views as an “identity ecosystem,” including obtaining a digital ID from…

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‘Universal’ cancer jab: Vaccine that stops all tumours in their tracks could be here in two years

In World News on April 18, 2011 at 12:16 am

By Fiona Macrae

A ‘universal’ vaccine that could revolutionise the treatment of cancer could be available in just two years.

The TeloVac jab is part of a new generation of drugs that use the body’s own defences to fight the disease, stopping tumours in their tracks.

TeloVac has already been given to hundreds of Britons with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

But it is hoped it will be effective against many other tumours, including those of the skin, lung and liver. Breast and prostate cancers may also be within its grasp.

Together, the six forms of the disease claim more 70,000 lives a year in the UK.

In the case of pancreatic cancer, which killed actor Patrick Swayze, survival rates have barely improved in the past 40 years, and patients typically…

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