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  • IRS gives full account of lost Lerner emails

    07/19/2014 10:41:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 90 replies
    Politico ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    The IRS declared under oath and penalty of perjury on Friday that Lois Lerner’s hard drive is irrecoverable after being wiped clean by tech staff and recycled with an outside contractor, according to a court filing.
  • ACT NOW on Senate Baby DNA Bill

    07/09/2014 3:33:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act is waiting in the US Senate for a vote. Last week, before the House voted on it, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann went to the floor of the House and said parent consent should be required. But it passed without consent requirements. Now, the U.S. Senate is planning to vote on the HouseĘĽs newborn screening bill and send it to the President. The Senate wants to hotline it, but we want to stop it unless it has written informed parent consent for the government storage, use, analysis, and sharing of newborn DNA. Call your Senators...
  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal by Google over Street View data collection

    07/01/2014 6:10:55 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 06/30/14 | Andrea Chang
    e U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal by Google over whether it violated federal wiretapping law when its Street View mapping cars collected consumers' personal data. That leaves intact a federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks and means Google can face lawsuits over the matter, according to a Bloomberg report. The issue stems from Google's Street View, a comprehensive mapping program that provides images of areas around the world. Google has admitted that its camera-equipped Street View cars inadvertently captured emails, passwords and...
  • DELETE YOUR FACEBOOK

    06/15/2014 4:10:42 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 106 replies
    youtube ^ | 6-5-14 | Matthias
    Is it time for you to delete your Facebook account permanently? This guy thinks so, and his arguments may just convince you. You should take a moment to hear what he has to say and then decide for yourself.
  • Snowden Strikes Back at NSA, Emails NBC News

    05/30/2014 7:48:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 84 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 30th 2014, 4:26 pm | Mike Brunker and Matthew Cole
    Fugitive Edward Snowden on Friday challenged the NSA’s insistence that it has no evidence he tried to raise concerns about the agency’s surveillance activity before he began leaking government documents to reporters, calling the response a “clearly tailored and incomplete leak ... for a political advantage.” “The NSA's new discovery of written contact between me and its lawyers -- after more than a year of denying any such contact existed - raises serious concerns,” Snowden said in an email Friday to NBC News. “It reveals as false the NSA's claim to Barton Gellman of the Washington Post in December of...
  • So this is how liberty dies

    05/22/2014 11:27:57 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 26 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-22-14 | DrJohn
    This is why I hate Obamacare. I knew this was coming. This is why I railed against using the IRS to enforce Obamacare. I knew insinuating the IRS into your health care was just the beginning. I knew going to electronic health records was going to send this country down the rabbit hole. And here it is. The federal government is piecing together a sweeping national “biosurveillance” system that will give bureaucrats near real-time access to Americans’ private medical information in the name of national security, according to Twila Brase, a public health nurse and co-founder of the Citizens Council...
  • Tech Companies Refusing To Keep Quiet On Subpoenas (for your accounts)

    05/02/2014 6:00:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies
    Red State ^ | May 1st, 2014 | streiff (Diary)
    The low level griping about law enforcement subpoenas requesting user information and instructing companies to not tell the subjects of the subpoenas has burst into full fledged rebellion. From the Washington Post: "This increasingly defiant industry stand is giving some of the tens of thousands of Americans whose Internet data gets swept into criminal investigations each year the opportunity to fight in court to prevent disclosures. Prosecutors, however, warn that tech companies may undermine cases by tipping off criminals, giving them time to destroy vital electronic evidence before it can be gathered." Now Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have joined...
  • Gender Pay Data Gap

    04/14/2014 7:28:05 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 11, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On Monday, at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a trio of scholars alternately claimed that there is a gender pay gap and insisted that we need to pass laws to get data to prove that there is. “How do we find out if there is any discrimination without pay data?,” Georgetown’s Ed Montgomery asked on a panel at CAP. Montgomery, who also worked in the Clinton Administration, asserted that there are ways to collect such data while maintaining privacy. Only at CAP would such an assurance not be met with skepticism in the wake of scandals involving violations of...
  • Education Data = Fool’s Gold

    03/25/2014 7:02:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Even education insiders are beginning to acknowledge that the data mining the federal government is now engaged in under Common Core produces little in the way of education achievement. “The evidence that the collection of data has led to improvements in education, we really don’t have it,” Philip Piely, author of Assessing the Educational Data Movement, said recently at an Educational Policy Forum. Piely, a faculty affiliate at Johns Hopkins, spoke at a forum sponsored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on March 14, 2014. “The number of times that data has been collected where it is not to...
  • The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information

    03/10/2014 3:10:23 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | Mar 9, 2014 | Steve Kroft
    Over the past six months or so, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security. What most of you don't know, or are just beginning to realize, is that a much greater and more immediate threat to your privacy is coming from thousands of companies you've probably never heard of, in the name of commerce. They're called data brokers, and they are collecting, analyzing and packaging some of our most sensitive personal information and selling it as a commodity...to...
  • Protect Privacy or Accept Government Control

    03/06/2014 5:12:37 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    He who holds the data makes the rules. If you haven't figured this out, it's almost too late. Obama knows it. In 2009, his team mandated electronic medical records and $27 billion to make it happen as a "foundation" for health care reform. If you wonder whether medical privacy is important, check out Minnesota, where the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Democrat-controlled legislature plan to eliminate all medical privacy rights. Bills being fast-tracked include: GENETIC GRAB: Repeal of hard-won parent consent requirements for government storage, use, and sharing of Baby DNA and newborn (genetic) screening test results for...
  • Consumers pay high-tech price in privacy for perks

    03/02/2014 6:00:40 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    Tribune-Review (suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | 2 March 2014 | Andrew Conte
    Giant Eagle won't say much about the information it collects on people who enroll in its rewards program to earn savings on food and fuel, but it knows who has a weakness for Goldfish crackers. GNC can see when your New Year's resolution ended. And Dick's Sporting Goods has a pretty good idea who will return to its stores this spring to gear up for baseball or softball season. Consumers willingly — if unwittingly — provide trillions of “data points” to companies about their purchases, intimate habits and even where a computer mouse hovers on a computer screen without clicking....
  • Obama Regime NSA Weighs Retaining Data For Suits

    02/19/2014 7:44:56 PM PST · by TheMantis · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/19/14 | DEVLIN BARRETT and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    The government is considering enlarging the National Security Agency's controversial collection of Americans' phone records...
  • New Hampshire Can Lead on Privacy Protection

    02/19/2014 2:07:50 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-19-14 | Alex Rued
    In the wake of the NSA scandal, American citizens demand Congress take a hard look at government surveillance practices. While only the federal government has the power to halt NSA activities, the states will likely be the real battleground for privacy issues. In fact, state legislators are actively moving legislation aimed at protecting citizens’ civil liberties in the digital age. Digitally connected devices are an integral part of Americans’ daily lives. More than 90 percent of Americans deem essential one device in particular: the smartphone. For many, the buzz of a smartphone alarm is the first thing heard each morning,...
  • Pa. vendor confirms link to Target data probe

    02/07/2014 6:28:09 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 | AP
    A western Pennsylvania heating and refrigeration contractor said it was the victim of a "sophisticated cyberattack operation" that is being investigated by the Secret Service and possibly linked to the data breach that enabled hackers to access millions of credit card numbers belonging to Target store customers. Fazio Mechanical Services Inc., of Sharpsburg, issued the statement after Internet security bloggers identified it as the third-party vendor through which hackers accessed Target's customer information. Target had previously told reporters the store believed hackers accessed 40 million of its customers' card numbers through a vendor's system.
  • Target details free credit monitoring service

    01/18/2014 8:12:17 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-18-14 | Tom Webb
    Target shoppers can now sign up for free credit monitoring and identity theft assistance, which the discount chain is offering to all customers affected by its security breach. Target will pay for the services for 12 months, provided by Experian through its ProtectMyID alert system. After a year, consumers must pay for the service themselves if they choose to continue. To enroll, first visit CreditMonitoring.Target.com to request an activation code. You'll need to provide your name and email address. The activation code will be sent by email, arriving in one to five days, Target said. Once you have your unique...
  • Insurers raise cost concerns after ObamaCare demographic data released (Pelosi knew)

    01/14/2014 3:28:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/14/14
    WASHINGTON – Insurers have raised concerns that too few young people are signing up for heath insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges after newly released statistics showed that less than a quarter of people who have enrolled are between the ages of 18 and 34. According to the numbers released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 24 percent – or 489,460 – of the 2.2 million people who signed up for ACA were in the coveted 18-to-34 age range. That means the government has hit only 18 percent of its stated goal of registering 2.7 million...
  • Dead or alive? Social Security can’t always say (spotty data on recipients)

    12/28/2013 6:02:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/27/13 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Federal auditors said Friday the Social Security Administration still struggles with a basic problem — figuring out who is dead and who is not. The question is a crucial one, since federal agencies rely on the administration to cross-match data on deceased persons and avoid paying out federally funded benefits to people who aren’t alive, or to establish accurate benefits for survivors. The administration also maintains a “Death Master File” that is available to the public. “SSA’s methods for processing death reports may result in inaccurate, incomplete or untimely information for users of its death data,” the Government Accountability Office,...
  • It’s Simple: Fewer Guns, Fewer Suicides [but more data needs to be collected]

    12/15/2013 1:22:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Slate ^ | December 12, 2013 | Justin Briggs and Alex Tabarrok
    "........Our research had to overcome the fact that no one knows with great precision how many guns there are in America, how many households own a gun, how gun ownership varies demographically and geographically, what types of guns there are, or how guns are used. In part that’s because in 1996,Congress banned the CDC from funding any research to "advocate or promote gun control." That’s not a ban on gun research, technically, but after Congress extended the wording and expanded the ban to other agencies, it had enough of a chilling effect to reduce CDC funding for gun violence research...
  • California health exchange shares data without permission

    12/07/2013 6:09:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/13
    LOS ANGELES – The California health exchange says it's been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage. The consumers in question had gone online to research insurance options but didn't ask to be contacted, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Officials with Covered California, the exchange set up in response to the federal health law, said they began providing names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses if available this week in a pilot program. They said they thought it would help people...
  • BREAKING: O’Keefe Releases Video of O-Care Navigator Conspiring to Release Private Data (Video)

    11/20/2013 5:11:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 145 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-20-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Oh my gosh — This is really bad— James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released video tonight showing an Obamacare navigator conspiring to release private data for political purposes. Busted! Do you know where your personal data is going? After meeting with several Obamacare Navigators who openly encouraged our undercover reporters to lie about income status, health history and more, it became clear that personal data was also being “cross-pollinated.” Enter Enroll America, a Sebelius-linked group dedicated to signing people up for Obamacare and Chris Tarango, Texas Enroll America Communications Director who Project Veritas caught on tape agreeing to help obtain a...
  • Report: DOE Withheld Data on Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    11/05/2013 4:42:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/5/13 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Energy withheld troubling cost and performance data on a major stimulus award from a federal watchdog before the company servicing the award went bankrupt, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report focuses on the department’s handling of a pair of federal awards worth about $126 million for ECOtality, a San Francisco-based green energy company that declared bankruptcy in September. DOE’s inspector general, which authored Tuesday’s report, released an audit in July that expressed concerns about the department’s management of ECOtality’s $100 million stimulus award for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The report revealed...
  • Insurers reportedly receiving faulty data from ObamaCare exchanges

    10/18/2013 7:51:20 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-17-2013 | Greta VanSusteren
    Insurers say faulty data from ObamaCare marketplaces is straining their ability to handle even the first wave of consumers who were able to sign up for health insurance using federally run exchanges during the glitch-ridden rollout of the new law. Executives at more than a dozen health insurance companies say they have received data from online marketplaces that is riddled with errors, including duplicate enrollments, missing data fields and spouses reported as children, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. "The longer this takes to resolve…the harder it will be to get people to [come back and] sign up," Aetna CEO...
  • (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Court: NSA can continue sweeping phone data collection (Video)

    10/13/2013 1:17:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/13 | Brendan Sasso
    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has granted the National Security Agency (NSA) permission to continue its collection of records on all U.S. phone calls. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced the court's approval in a statement late Friday. The court authorizes the program for only limited time periods and requires that the government submit new requests every several months for re-authorization. The existence of the bulk phone data collection was one of the most controversial revelations from the leaks by Edward Snowden. The NSA uses the program to collect records such as phone numbers, call times and...
  • Darrell Issa: IRS Officials Sent Private Data Over Personal Email Accounts

    10/08/2013 8:55:39 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10-8-2013 | CJ Ciaramella
    Senior Internal Revenue Service officials—including one at the heart of the IRS “targeting” scandal—violated agency policies and possibly federal records laws by using private email to send confidential taxpayer information, the GOP-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said in a letter. In a Sept. 30 letter to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel obtained by the Free Beacon, Oversight Chairman Darrel Issa (R., Calif.) said an investigation revealed a “troubling pattern” of at least four top IRS officials using their private email addresses to relay confidential tax information. “This not only raises the prospect of violations of the Federal...
  • WH on Number of Enrollees in Obamacare: We 'Don't Have that Data'

    10/03/2013 12:13:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    White House spokesman Jay Carney, an "essential" federal employee, can tell you how many people have visited the Obamacare website ("7 million") but he can't tell you how many people have enrolled in Obamacare:
  • France moots taxing data taken out of EU

    09/21/2013 8:56:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 Sep 2013 09:54 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    France has proposed the European Union study taxing companies for transferring personal data outside of the bloc, for example in call centers abroad. The proposal is part of a series France has made ahead of an EU summit next month that also includes a call to put in place new tax rules that would require non-European Internet companies to pay taxes in Europe on profits earned there. …
  • Holder pressed on U.S. drug agency use of hidden data evidence

    08/26/2013 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/26/13 | John Shiffman
    Washington - Eight Democratic senators and congressmen have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report that the National Security Agency supplies the Drug Enforcement Administration with intelligence information used to make non-terrorism cases against American citizens. The August report revealed that a secretive DEA unit passes the NSA information to agents in the field, including those from the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and Homeland Security, with instructions to never disclose the original source, even in court.
  • WikiLeaks posts 400 gigabytes of encrypted ‘insurance’ data online

    08/18/2013 5:13:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    RT ^ | 8/18/13
    WikiLeaks has released a trove of encrypted “insurance” data on Twitter and Facebook. The data can’t be read without an encryption key, but the movement’s supporters say that could be published later in case anything happens to leading WikiLeaks figures. The whistleblowing organization published links for a massive 400 gigabytes worth of encrypted data it described as “insurance documents” on its Twitter and Facebook accounts. It is possible to download the files but advanced encoding prevents them from being opened.
  • Ice core data supports ancient space impact idea (cosmic impact about 12,900 years ago?)

    08/01/2013 3:35:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/1/13 | Simon Redfern
    New data from Greenland ice cores suggest North America may have suffered a large cosmic impact about 12,900 years ago. A layer of platinum is seen in ice of the same age as a known abrupt climate transition, US scientists report. The climate flip has previously been linked to the demise of the North American "Clovis" people. The data seem to back the idea that an impact tipped the climate into a colder phase, a point of current debate. Rapid climate change occurred 12,900 years ago, and it is proposed that this is associated with the extinction of large mammals...
  • U.S. Outlines N.S.A.'s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls

    07/31/2013 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/31/13 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States, as top officials testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. As the hearing began, The Guardian newspaper published another document from the archives of Top Secret surveillance matters leaked to it by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden. It was a 32-page presentation describing the N.S.A.´s XKeyscore program, by which N.S.A. analysts can mine vast databases of phone and Internet information the agency has vacuumed up.
  • Feds collecting personal, confidentialdata on consumer´s credit cards,bank transactions

    06/27/2013 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/27/13 | Paul Bedard
    The Obama administration, already under fire for the IRS scandal and National Security Agency snooping of the computers and cellphones of Americans, is also spending millions to have private contractors conduct a dragnet for confidential and personal credit and bank transactions without a warrant. Newly obtained documents from the Obama-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveal that the administration has OK'd a project to accumulate the personal financial data of some 5 million and share it with other agencies to build a "nationally representative panel of credit information on consumers for use in a wide range of policy research projects." The...
  • ‘Obamacare Hub’ to Put NSA Data Mining to Shame? Here Are the Potentially Scary Details

    06/27/2013 6:42:00 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 20 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday hosted Investor’s Business Daily writer John Merline to discuss a potentially disturbing aspect of “Obamacare.” Under the Affordable Care Act, a “big data system” will be created to track millions of Americans’ information, including tax and Social Security information, according to Merline. “Well, the government has to verify all this information because, among other things, they have to make sure you’re eligible for insurance in the exchange. But, more importantly, they have to determine whether you’re eligible for any of these subsidies,” he explained. “So in order to do that, they have...
  • Edward Snowden and the Selective Targeting of Leaks (Important resource article)

    06/15/2013 10:08:07 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Jack Shafer
    Edward Snowden’s expansive disclosures to the Guardian and the Washington Post about various National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs have only two corollaries in contemporary history—the classified cache Bradley Manning allegedly released to WikiLeaks a few years ago and Daniel Ellsberg’s dissemination of the voluminous Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971. Leakers like Snowden, Manning and Ellsberg don’t merely risk being called narcissists, traitors or mental cases for having liberated state secrets for public scrutiny. They absolutely guarantee it. In the last two days, the New York Times’s David Brooks, Politico’s Roger Simon, the...
  • Fascinating Call from Telecom Exec

    06/13/2013 1:59:11 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 6-13-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Matt from Miami and it says you are an exec in the telecommunications industry, right? CALLER: Yes, that's right, Rush. Thank you so much. It's been 15 years listening to you, and I'm thrilled that my expertise and your expertise may actually intersect and allow me to make you look good. RUSH: Well, thanks very much. That is the purpose of a caller, and let's hope you can do it. CALLER: Well, first off, I think it's important to think about motivations. Our president, like all the Democratic presidents, would love to be Bill Clinton...
  • Rand Paul: Big Brother Really Is Watching Us

    06/12/2013 10:50:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 10, 2013 | RAND PAUL
    Monitoring hundreds of millions of phone records is an extraordinary invasion of privacy. When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother . . . but when you actually look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance." How many records did the NSA seize from Verizon? Hundreds of millions. We are now learning about more potential mass data collections by the government from other communications and online companies. These are the "details," and few...
  • Temporal cloak erases data from history

    06/09/2013 1:05:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Nature News ^ | 05 June 2013 | Zeeya Merali
    Technique that hides rapid data streams could provide ultra-secure communications. If you’ve ever wanted to edit an event from your history, then help may soon be at hand. Electrical engineers have used lasers to create a cloak that can hide communications in a 'time hole', so that it seems as if they were never sent. The method, published today in Nature1, is the first that can cloak data streams sent at the rapid rates typically seen in telecommunications systems. It opens the door to ultra-secure transmission schemes, and may also provide a way to better shield information from noise corruption....
  • Irony that data mine story comes out on D-Day

    06/06/2013 7:44:44 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 22 replies
    Vanity | 06-06-13 | Ealgeone
    Anyone else see the irony? The day Americans of one generation launched the greatest invasion to liberate people is the day their ancestors learned they lived in a police state the nazis would have killed for.
  • Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data

    05/31/2013 3:37:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Declan McCullagh ^ | 5/31/31 | CNet
    A new lawsuit in Manhattan pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against Google offers a rare glimpse of how determined prosecutors are to defend a process that allows federal agents to gain warrantless access to user records, and how committed the Mountain View, Calif., company is to defending its customers' privacy rights against what it views as illegal requests. The Justice Department's lawsuit, filed April 22 and not disclosed until this article, was sparked by Google's decision to rebuff the FBI's legal demands for confidential user data. It centers on the bureau's controversial use of so-called National Security Letters (NSL),...
  • Obmacare Funded IRS "Big Data" Project

    05/15/2013 4:59:34 PM PDT · by austinaero · 23 replies
    Chriss Street and Company Blog ^ | 05/15/13 | Chriss Street
    Obamacare Funded big IRS Data - By October 2010, the Internal Revenue Service had the capability to sift through emailing patterns associated with millions of individual internet addresses and have already established 32,000 categories of metadata and 1 million unique “attributes.” The IRS continues to collect tax data, but they also are now acquiring huge volumes of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records. Dean Silverman, who led the IBM zEnterprise™ 196 systems upgrade bragged: “Private industry would be envious if they knew...
  • Big Brother: LA police sued over massive data collection gleaned from cameras

    05/10/2013 10:25:42 PM PDT · by Altariel · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 10, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Show us the data. That’s the message behind a joint lawsuit seeking to force the Los Angeles law enforcement authorities to release a massive trove of information collected by ubiquitous cameras that read license plates and can thus track the movements of millions of motorists not suspected of any crime. The cameras, called automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), are on fixed locations, including stop lights, street signs and in squad cars. Each camera can record as many as 1,800 plates per minute, and more than 160 million "data points" have been collected in Los Angeles County, according to one report....
  • The American military is using Chinese satellites

    04/30/2013 4:21:45 PM PDT · by w4women · 9 replies
    Chinadailymail.com (Can't post Bloomberg) ^ | April 30, 2013 | PIOTR CHODAK
    U.S. forces are so heavily saturated with different communication devices that if not transmitted by satellite would cause serious problems. Data flow is so great that there are no adequate available satellites. The Pentagon has quietly hired a Chinese satellite, APSTAR-7, through which will flow communications with the army in Africa. Information about buying Chinese satellite transfers arose at a meeting of one of the sub-committees of the U.S. Congress. - snip - Due to the embargo of military technology, it is ironic that the APSTAR-7 is used by he Americans, who are the leaders in the construction of satellites,...
  • Finding ET in the Data (Hunt for Dyson spheres heats up)

    04/17/2013 9:10:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 4/17/13 | Paul Gilster
    Finding ET in the Data by Paul Gilster on April 17, 2013 As we saw yesterday, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) has been the source of data for a number of searches for unusual infrared signatures. The idea is to look for the artifacts of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, under the assumption that a sufficiently advanced culture will be capable of engineering projects that could be detected from light years away. A Dyson sphere, existing either as a completely enclosed star or as a swarm of artifacts around a star, is but one example of such engineering, but it’s a sensible...
  • CIA Chief Tech Officer: Big Data Is The Future And We Own It

    03/23/2013 5:36:21 PM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 21, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    On Wednesday, the CIA's chief technology officer detailed the Agency's vision for collecting and analyzing all of the information people put on the Internet. The wide-ranging presentation at GigaOM's Structure:Data conference in New York City came two days after it was reported the spy agency is on the verge of signing a cloud computing contract with Amazon — worth up to $600 million over 10 years — that involves Amazon Web Services helping the CIA build a "private cloud" filled with technologies like big data.… "You're already a walking sensor platform," Hunt said, referring to all of the information captured...
  • A Nanofabrication Technique Doubles Hard Drive Capacity

    03/20/2013 9:09:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 03-19-13 | By Mike Orcutt
    Laboratory advance shows that nano-imprinting could help the hard drive industry meet its long-term goals for data storage capacity. Researchers at HGST, a major manufacturer of hard disk drives, have shown that an emerging fabrication technology called nano-imprinting could be used to double the data storage capacity of today’s hard disks. They say the patent-pending work, done in collaboration with a company called Molecular Imprints, could lead to a cost-effective manufacturing process by the end of the decade. Hard disk drives store data in magnetic material on the surface of a spinning disk. During production, this material is deposited as...
  • MI:Ken Braun: A gun control proposal that everyone should support

    03/16/2013 1:14:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 16 March, 2013 | Ken Braun
    Thomas Torres, age 54, was the target of a Connecticut State Police SWAT raid shortly before Christmas two years ago. The Spanish-speaking, subsidized housing resident of New Haven was living in a building infested with drug dealers and prostitutes. He kept his door closed unless given a damn good reason to do otherwise. He didn’t have the drugs the police were looking for and told them so, repeatedly, despite the language barrier, after the raiding party knocked down his door. What followed was the trashing of his apartment and a physical altercation between the unarmed middle-aged man on disability and...
  • 2.8 PETABYTES!?!?! (Vatican Library being digitized)

    03/09/2013 6:27:57 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 7, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At InfoDocket there is a story describing the project to digitize the Vatican Library.Get this! EMC Corporation has today announced that it is providing 2.8 petabytes of storage to help the Vatican Apostolic Library digitize its entire catalogue of historic manuscripts and incunabula (a book or pamphlet printed before 1501). One of the oldest libraries in the world, the Vatican Apostolic Library holds many of the rarest and most valuable documents in existence including the 42 line Latin Bible of Gutenberg, the first book printed with movable type and dating between 1451 and 1455. Do you remember “Doc’s” reaction to...
  • DNR Says Worker Improperly Accessed License Data

    01/15/2013 4:20:11 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-15-13 | Leslie Dyste
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's notifying about 5,000 people after an employee accessed their driving and motor vehicle records without authorization. The agency said in a statement Tuesday that the employee is no longer employed by the DNR. Spokesman Chris Niskanen says he can't elaborate on that. The DNR says it has asked the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate. No charges have been filed so far. The DNR says its own investigation found no indication the data was sold, disclosed to others or used for criminal purposes. But the agency is advising the 5,000 affected people...
  • Data Saved In Quartz Glass Might Last 300 Million Years

    01/06/2013 9:04:59 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 66 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/6/13 | Timothy Hornyak
    Most cultural institutions and research laboratories still rely on magnetic tape to archive their collections. Hitachi recently announced that it has developed a medium that can outlast not only this old-school format but also CDs, DVDs, hard drives and MP3s. The electronics giant partnered with Kyoto University's Kiyotaka Miura to develop “semiperpetual” slivers of quartz glass that Hitachi says can preserve information for hundreds of millions of years with virtually no degradation. The prototype is made of a square of quartz two centimeters wide and two millimeters thick. It houses four layers of dots that are created with a femtosecond...