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28 June 2013

Google says it paid TOO MUCH tax, wants $83.5m refund [USA]

Author: Neil McAllister, Register (UK)

Google…says it has…overpaid $83.5m in tax – and it's suing the US Internal Revenue Service to get it back. The dispute dates back to 2004...Its other options exhausted, Google is now taking its case to the US Tax Court…This is certainly not the first...

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14 June 2013

Letter Urges Companies to Inform Public of Government Requests under PRISM

Author: Human Rights First

In the wake of revelations that the National Security Administration obtained private user data from several technology companies, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino sent a letter to AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Pal Talk,...

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6 June 2013

Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge

Author: Barton Gellman & Laura Poitras, Washington Post

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign...

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5 March 2012

Limbaugh says apology to Georgetown student was sincere, jokes about sponsors abandoning him

Author: Associated Press

Radio host Rush Limbaugh said his apology to the Georgetown law student he called a “slut” was sincere but also joked that he, too, got a busy signal Monday when he called the show to join the growing roster of advertisers abandoning it...AOL and Tax...

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15 November 2011

Google's Schmidt Blasts Internet Copyright Bills [USA]

Author: Reuters [USA]

Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt blasted proposed legislation to tighten online copyright regulation…saying the bills would lead to censorship of the Internet. Intended to combat the trade in pirated movies and music, the two bills would give...

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1 February 2011

The Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography – Fact Sheet

Author: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Thirty-five prominent financial institutions and Internet industry leaders have joined with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children…and its sister organization, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children…in the fight...

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10 September 2010

FTSE cites "human rights" concerns at DuPont, UPS

Author: Ross Kerber, Reuters

...DuPont Co...and United Parcel Service...(UPS)...were among eight companies removed from a social investment index series [FTSE4Good] because of concerns about human rights, climate change and similar matters,...FTSE Group said...The most prominent...

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2 June 2009

Every Image, Every Child: Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse in Canada [scroll to section 9 "Working with the private sector"]

Author: Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime [Canada]

There are some positive examples of industry leaders accepting responsibility for their role in preventing the spread of child sexual abuse images...As of February 2009, only eight of the more than 400 ISPs in Canada participated in Cleanfeed Canada....

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6 December 2008

"Google's Gatekeepers" raises concerns and questions

Author: Sarah Labowitz, Human Rights First [USA]

…We can't rely on a vision of benevolent governments and benevolent users to get us to a place where companies respect fundamental freedoms in a transparent and accountable way…Entrusting a small group of people within a company to make the right...

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5 December 2008

New practical human rights guide for business by UN Global Compact, IBLF, Castan Centre, OHCHR

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