27 April 2009

Keep your job or surf on Facebook – what would you choose?

Facebook - Friend and foe!photo © 2008 Mark Jensen | more info (via: Wylio)

I agree, the topic of this posting may read a bit weird, but only unless you live and work in Switzerland. According to the Swiss 20 Minuten Online an insurance company based in Basel fired an employee after having registered her activity on Facebook.

Ok, that was just a part of the story, because the employee had purported to have migraine and was thus medically certified to be unfit for screen handling. Nevertheless she was observed being active on Facebook obviously using a computer screen…

My advice in this matter: (1) always be honest to your employer and (2) think before you link a contact to your social network profile!

10 April 2009

Catch the Ipredator if you can

Ipredator setupphoto © 2009 Espen Klem | more info (via: Wylio)

The music and entertainment industry representatives have very often during the, say, last decade set up the theory that the growth of broadband internet access has a causal connection with the more and more increasing

File Sharing

Some recent developments demonstrate the falling internet traffic in Sweden following a more rigid legislation in the course of IP rights enforcement, obviously dictated by the trial against the Pirate Bay.

The operators of the Pirate Bay have thus decided to technically enable an anonymity service for their users, called

Ipredator

The idea behind the Ipreadtor is not to log the users’ data in order not be obliged to provide right holders therewith. I am wondering as to whether this act does not conflict with the general obligation to retain communication related data imposed by the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC.

But even assuming the prevailing provisions of the Directive, a further maybe much more interesting question arises: does an alleged copyright infringement constitute a

Serious Crime

in the sense of the Directive, which would entitle law enforcement agencies to process user related information on the grounds of the Directive?