Controversial Online Piracy Bill, Gains Support

Several lawmakers expressed support Wednesday for a controversial online piracy bill aimed at curbing online piracy as lobbying over the issue reached a fever pitch.

The Circuit: E.U. Privacy, Online Piracy, Facebook

In an interview with The Washington Post, the European Union’s chief privacy regulator, Viviane Reding, said that self-regulation measures can be “little more than a fig leaf,” and that every citizen has a right to his or her own data.

FDA Acts to Stop Illegal Tobacco Sales to Kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent Warning Letters to more than 1,200 retailers, the majority of which respond to violations relating to selling tobacco to minors, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce tobacco use among children.

Electronic Cigarettes to be Regulated as Tobacco Products

Electronic cigarettes are now on FDA list to have age verification by January 2012. Aristotle will be offering age verification products to these companies starting immediately.

Regulators Say Social Network Violated Child Privacy Law

Skid-e-Kids describes itself as a Facebook for children ages 7 to 14. It allows them to watch “age-appropriate” movies and socialize with their friends, and it stipulates that “parents are in charge.”

FOSI Asks: What is Safe and Healthy Online Use?

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) will host its 5th Annual Conference and Exhibition: "Evaluate. Innovate. Collaborate. Strategies for Safe and Healthy Online Use."

Flawed Facebook Research

From the Center for Digital Democracy, flawed Facebook and COPPA study funded by Microsoft fails to ask the right questions, presents disturbing conflicts of interest throughout.

The Problem with Parents Helping Kids Lie to Get on Facebook

A new study from Harvard, New York University and Berkeley researchers finds that "many parents knowingly allow their children to lie about their age--in fact, often help them to do so--in order to gain access to age-restricted sites in violation of those sites' terms of service."

Online Poker Should Be Dealt a Fresh Hand With Regulation

A small but growing number of states are considering legalizing online poker within their borders, hoping to increase tax revenue. An intrastate approach may lead to useful innovations, but it would limit competition among gambling operators and restrict the available pool of customers for a given service to in-state players. It would also result in a crazy patchwork of regulation for an online activity that is inherently interstate.

The Fight: A Rundown of the House Hearing on Online Poker

Online poker got to spend some time in the spotlight in Washington, D.C. as the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing weighing the pros and cons of legalizing and regulating online gambling in the United States and the pro-poker bill HR 2366, known more commonly as the Barton Bill.

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