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Under the radar — week ending June 19

19 Jun 2009 | 12.04 Europe/London
As everyone knows, this week has been dominated by the final Digital Britain report. Unsurprisingly, Media Guardian has dedicated the lion's share of this week's podcast to the Government's proposals, rightly seeing the 50 pence levy on landlines as unfair. We've weighed in with some in-depth analysis about NGA as well as the universal service commitment, while Sean rounded up the ha'pennyworth of the industry's movers and shakers. And here's our favourite opinion former on the report.

Let's talk about privacy on the web — but quietly, as you never know who's listening. The bozos of Bozeman, Montana, are trying to wangle the passwords of potential employees' social networking sites. It's all about looking for people of "high integrity", apparently, in which case the head of HR, or whichever doofus came up with the idea, should be clearing his desk soonish.

Canada, meanwhile, is mulling over the idea of allowing the police access to digital conversations sans warrant. Over on this side of the pond, Whitehall has admitted that its idea of storing every single email ever sent might be a tad too ambitious. Ah, privacy. Surely what's sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander? And what about the ducks?

And finally, poor the Jammie Douglas Rasset. The woman who lost her RIAA case back in 2007 has lost her retrial. She's been hit with a fine of almost $2 million — nine times more than the original fine for illegally downloading 24 songs. Wonder what the 24 were: I Fought The Law by The Clash; Good Morning Judge, by 10cc; Kraftwerk's Home Computer; perhaps. More suggestions in the comments, please. Have a great weekend!