A French newspaper is claiming that those fresh-faced, furniture-loving Swedes at Ikea have been handing cash to police in exchange for files on its staff and customers. The claims say Ikea asked for checks on criminal records, vehicle registrations and more. [More]
A U.S. appeals court says it’s just fine that certain telecommunications companies cooperated with the National Security Agency by monitoring customers’ email and phones, upholding a 2008 law. This means they’ve got immunity, rendering 33 lawsuits against them ineffective. [More]
The House has passed not one, but two cleverly-named measures targeting the miscreants who make and promote spyware. Though the FTC, Justice Department, and several state attorneys general are already empowered to prosecute spyware manufacturers, the two measures would extend existing laws by subjecting spyware makers to jail terms and multimillion-dollar fines.