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April 22, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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LexisNexis Adds Content from Business Monitor International

LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com) has announced the addition of licensed content from Business Monitor International (BMI; http://www.businessmonitor.com), a source of news, analysis, data, and forecasts on financial, economic, and political developments in worldwide emerging markets. BMI coverage includes breaking news backed by in-depth weekly, monthly, and quarterly macroeconomic performance reports and political risk and market forecasts. LexisNexis users also may tap into BMI's analyses and forecasts on political and economic conditions in 21 countries in four global regions, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. According to the announcement, the addition of BMI marks the first of several new international business content offerings for 2002.

"The addition of BMI allows LexisNexis to offer unparalleled depth and quality of information related to global emerging markets," said Dawn Conway, vice president of licensing and content for LexisNexis Corporate & Federal Markets. "BMI's premium content is an indispensable tool for fund managers, strategists, risk researchers, and any business professional involved in emerging markets and investment decision making."

Business Monitor International was established in London in 1984. The company's products and services are available online, on CD-ROM, and in print.

Source: LexisNexis

Derwent, Wila Verlag GmbH Merge

Derwent Information (http://www.derwent.com) and Wila Verlag GmbH (http://www.wila-verlag.de) have announced that they are merging operations, with Wila Verlag GmbH immediately becoming part of Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com), Derwent's corporate parent. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed. German-based Wila Verlag GmbH is a supplier of information services supporting the management of intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, and industrial designs) within the German-speaking market. Derwent Information is a leading patent and scientific information provider. The companies expect the merger to add significant value for the customers of both companies.

According to the announcement, many customers in Germany already work with both companies, and the merger will create a fully integrated information solution that delivers value-added content and sophisticated tools directly to the companywide desktop. The Wila expertise will be enhanced by Derwent's global outreach. Derwent's value-added information will benefit immensely from Wila's technological know-how and complementary content. Wila, renamed Wila-Derwent, will continue to be managed in Munich by its existing managing directors Michael Lipp, Tilman Hartlieb, and Marc Solfrian.

Source: Derwent Information

W3C Issues Recommendation for Privacy Standard

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has issued the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation (http://www.w3.org/P3P), which represents cross-industry agreement on an XML-based language for expressing Web site privacy policies. The P3P provides a standard, simple, and automated way for users to gain more control over the use of personal information on Web sites they visit.

According to the announcement, declaring P3P a W3C Recommendation indicates that it is a stable document, contributes to Web interoperability, and has been reviewed by the W3C Membership, who favor its widespread adoption. P3P was designed by a Working Group composed of privacy advocates, Web technology leaders, data protection commissioners, and global e-commerce companies.

P3P-enabled Web sites present a machine-readable version of the site's privacy policy, a clear snapshot of how a site handles personal information about its users. P3P-enabled browsers can "read" this snapshot automatically and compare it to the consumer's own set of privacy preferences. P3P enhances user control by putting privacy policies where users can find them and in a form they can understand, and it enables users to act on what they see.

"With P3P we are enabling the development of a whole new class of Web tools and services that will help users protect their privacy while streamlining e-commerce transactions," said Daniel J. Weitzner, W3C Technology and Society Domain leader. "The fact that the Web now has a standard language for describing privacy practices will enable a new level of transparency in Web-based interactions. The added facility for dealing with privacy issues will be especially important with mobile and other new forms of Web access."

Source: World Wide Web Consortium



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