Data Haven; Web Bug

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Fri Jun 23 00:46:58 UTC 2000


"Haven.  I'm in haven."
--Fred Astaire (sort of)

   A tiny platform off the coast of England is the "Principality of Sealand."  On June 5, 2000, Sealand and Havenco Ltd. announced the "world's first real data haven."
   There are 39 hits for this story, all after June 5, 2000.  Dow Jones had 420 hits for "data haven," but "data haven't" accounts for a lot of the hits.
   From the GLOBE AND MAIL, 4 July 1981, pg. B18:

   Use of a negative sales tax could create a "data haven" for hundreds of foreign multi-nationals, with the accompanying increase in the number of Canadian jobs.

   Maybe we can write to "Sealanders" and ask how they pronounce "data."


   Another "bug" hit, FWIW.
   Today's (6-22-2000) WALL STREET JOURNAL has "Clinton Tells Drug Office to Stop Using 'Web Bug'" on pg. B13, col. 2:

   The White House ordered its Office of National Drug Control Policy to stop using a secretive technique that could track and identify visitors to its antidrug Internet site for children. (...) A spokesman for the drug policy office, Donald Maple, acknowledged use of the technology, known as a "web bug," but said no personal information was collected about visitors.
   (Col.3--ed.) When people visited the site,, their browser software loaded without warning an invisible image retrieved from Doubleclick computers.  This process (Col.4--ed.) was recorded by Doubleclick and permitted the company to implant a small data file called a "cookie" to identify each visitor, or it allowed Doubleclick to read an identifier that it had placed previously with visitors to the drug site or elsewhere.

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