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  • Gaia space telescope plots a billion stars

    09/14/2016 5:36:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/14/16 | Jonathan Amos
    The most precise map of the night sky ever assembled is taking shape. Astronomers working on the Gaia space telescope have released a first tranche of data recording the position and brightness of over a billion stars. And for some two million of these objects, their distance and sideways motion across the heavens has also been accurately plotted. Gaia's mapping effort is already unprecedented in scale, but it still has several years to run. Remarkably, scientists say the store of information even now is too big for them to sift, and they are appealing for the public's help in making...
  • Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages (privacy infosec threat)

    09/02/2016 9:26:00 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 28 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/01/2016 | Jeff John Roberts
    Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages Tech Internet of Things Watch Out That Your Rental Car Doesn't Steal Your Phone Data By: Jeff John Roberts September 1, 2016, 10:51 AM† Watch out how you connect to cars. Hereís something to think about the next time you plug your phone into a rental car: The vehicle may be slurping up and recording all sorts of data, including your location, personal contacts, and even your text messages and web browsing. That warning comes via a Federal Trade Commission blog post this week, which highlights a downside...
  • Barack and Michelle's first date, coming to a theater near you (WaPo puff piece megabarf alert)

    08/24/2016 12:46:57 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2016 | Monica Hesse
    <p>The new movie "Southside With You," which opens Friday, is a feature film about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. It's perhaps best described as a "Before Sunrise" for political wonks: The story spans a single day as the future first couple catch a movie, visit an art museum, and talk about their hopes and dreams while meandering through Chicago. On a more meta level, the movie is about the creation of the Obamas' private-life narrative - a shaping of how the public will understand them in the future and an acknowledgment of how it sees them now.</p>
  • Need help in controlling internet bill--

    08/12/2016 9:59:37 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 58 replies
    Vanity tech chat | Mamzelle
    No youtubes, no streaming, yet every month I use more Data. I don't have many apps. I use my phone almost exclusively.
  • Announcing the Net Data Directory (Internet Monitor data resource)

    06/10/2016 10:12:01 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 3 replies
    The Berkman Center for Internet & Society ^ | 06/02/2016 | Rebekah Heacock Jones
    Announcing the Net Data Directory Posted on June 02, 2016 by Rebekah Heacock Jones Filed under: Internet Monitor The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is delighted to announce the launch of the Net Data Directory, a free, publicly available, searchable database of different sources of data about the Internet. The directory is intended to make finding useful quantitative data about a broad range of Internet-related topicsóbroadband, cybersecurity, freedom of expression, and moreóeasier for researchers, policymakers, journalists, and the public. "A large number of organizations are producing data about all different facets of the Internet," said Fernando Bermejo, Berkman Center...
  • Trump or not, Ďbig dataí could be huge in 2016 vote

    05/28/2016 9:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2016 | AFP
    ďBig dataĒ could play a huge role in the 2016 US election, even if Donald Trump doesnít think so. Trump, who sailed through the Republican primaries using unconventional campaign rallies and Twitter messages, has indicated that he sees little use for popular data analytics tools to help target specific voters. But analysts say he may be at a disadvantage in the general election if he stays on that course. ďIn the primaries, he was only looking for Republican voters, and in the general he needs all voters,Ē said Alan Rosenblatt, a digital political strategist...
  • Precision Medicine Initiative and Data Security | (05/25/2016 White house decree)

    05/27/2016 11:59:49 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 26 replies ^ | 05/25/2016 | Obama, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
    Precision Medicine Initiative and Data Security | (05/25/2016 White house decree) Precision Medicine Initiative and Data Security May 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET by Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Lisa O. Monaco Twitter Facebook Email Summary: Today, we are pleased to release the final Data Security Policy Principles and Framework (Security Framework) for President Obamaís Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). ††† ďWeíre going to make sure that protecting patient privacy is built into our efforts from day one.Ē ††† - President Barack Obama, January 30th 2015 The health care system of the future is taking shape right now, and...
  • Connecticut revises jobs report for 2015, outlook troubling

    03/12/2016 4:55:51 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 8 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | March 11, 2016 | Luther Turmelle
    The stateís economic picture took on a completely different look Friday with the Connecticut Labor Departmentís latest employment report. Though the state economy added 900 jobs in January, its unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.5 percent. But even more troubling than that were the Labor Departmentís revised employment numbers for 2015: Connecticut only added 12,200 jobs last year instead of 26,900 that the state agency had originally reported. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Januaryís new employment data and the revised employment numbers for 2015 are ďemblematic of our new economic reality.Ē .... ďConnecticutís economy is...
  • Obama Wants Access To All Your Data While He Keeps All His Data Totally Hidden

    03/12/2016 7:46:58 AM PST · by Stayfree · 4 replies
    Self ^ | March 12, 2016 | Stayfree
    despite his commitment to Americans' privacy and civil liberties, a balance was needed to allow some intrusion when needed. Obama Wants Access To All Your Data While He Keeps All His Data Totally Hidden
  • Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

    02/11/2016 5:25:41 PM PST · by McGruff · 25 replies
    AP ^ | February 11, 2016 | MICHAEL BIESECKER and JULIE BYKOWICZ
    His "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones -- tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign. That information and more is then fed into a vast database containing details about nearly every adult in the United States to build psychological profiles that target individual voters with uncanny accuracy. Cruz's sophisticated analytics operation was heralded as key to his victory in Iowa earlier this month -- the first proof, his campaign said, that the system has the potential to...
  • Think Target and Home Depot invade your privacy? Political campaigns might be worse

    01/28/2016 5:30:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 27, 2016 | Evan Halper
    When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific answer: Chevy truck drivers who like Starbucks. The data modeling from Rocket Fuel shows that this group leans against a path to citizenship for workers in the U.S. illegally. And these particular voters have become surprisingly easy ‚Äď some argue creepily so ‚Äď for campaigns to find and approach. So have consumers of frozen vegetables, who are more likely to oppose abortion. As have people curious about diabetes, a group...
  • Clinton defends telling aide to send data through 'nonsecure' channel (still a felony)

    01/10/2016 3:55:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/10/16 | Jonathan Easley
    Hillary Clinton on Sunday defended instructing an aide to send information to her through a "nonsecure" channel, saying the data she requested was not classified and accusing her presidential rivals of seeking to score political points over a non-issue. The State Department released more than 3,000 of Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of State on Friday. One of the emails has drawn scrutiny because in it, Clinton, who was awaiting a secure fax detailing talking points, instructed an adviser to turn the talking points into "nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure" because the fax wasn't coming...
  • ‚ÄėStar Trek‚Äô Creator Gene Roddenberry‚Äôs Lost Data Recovered From 200 Floppy Disks

    01/05/2016 9:31:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | January 4, 2016 @ 1:51 pm | By Joe Otterson
    Recovery comes just as 50th anniversary of ‚ÄúThe Original Series‚ÄĚ approaches Documents written by ‚ÄúStar Trek‚ÄĚ creator Gene Roddenberry have been recovered from 200 floppy disks owned by the late TV writer and producer. DriveSavers and eDiscovery announced Monday that after months of work they were able to pull data from the disks, which Roddenberry used to store information while he was working on ‚ÄúStar Trek.‚ÄĚ Mike Cobb, DriveSavers director of engineering, would not reveal what was on the disks, but he did offer some clues. ‚ÄúLots of documents,‚ÄĚ Cobb hinted in a press release. ‚Äú2016 just happens to be...
  • Sanders: ‚ÄėFar more important‚Äô issues than data breach (like global cooling)

    12/27/2015 2:17:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/27/15 | David McCabe
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that his Democratic presidential campaign is trying to put the scandal over campaign staffers accessing data belonging to front-runner Hillary Clinton "behind us." He said that it is time to focus on "the real issues" like income inequality and problems plaguing the middle class. “We’re trying to work with the [Democratic National Committee] to put this whole thing behind us," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "There were two breaches, we screwed up on one and the other one we did the right thing. Right now we're in negotiations with the DNC. Frankly,...
  • Did Two federal Agencies Fraudulently Cook Global Warming Data

    11/26/2015 7:26:59 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    Oversight: A federal agency keeps stonewalling congressional efforts to access its internal communications. What's the problem here? If the agency's global warming claim was honestly arrived at, just turn over the documents.
  • How polling poisoned the political well

    11/08/2015 3:41:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot ^ | November 8, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Has political polling reached the end of the line? While some won’t find it as terribly shocking anymore, the polls in Kentucky which had previously been considered among the most reliable missed the Bevin win in the governor’s race by a wide margin. This wasn’t the first time either. The last few cycles down there saw the Bluegrass Poll taking one hit after another and they responded this week with something of an apology. The wide gulf between the results of Tuesday’s election races and the most recent Bluegrass Poll is a source of frustration for the Herald-Leader and its...
  • New Horizons: River of Data Commences (95% of Pluto data still to come)

    09/08/2015 4:16:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 9/8/15 | Paul Gilster
    New Horizons: River of Data Commences by Paul Gilster on September 8, 2015 Hard to believe itís been 55 days since the New Horizons flyby. When the event occurred, I was in my daughterís comfortable beach house working at a table in the living room, a laptop in front of me monitoring numerous feeds. My grandson, sitting to my right with his machine, was tracking social media on the event and downloading images. When I was Buzzyís age that day, Scott Carpenterís Mercury flight was in the works, and with all of Gemini and Apollo ahead, I remember the raw...
  • Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data

    08/18/2015 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 23 replies
    Wired | 8/18/2015 | Kim Zetter Wired link, can't post excerpt.
  • OPM Announces More Than 21 Million Affected by Second Data Breach

    07/09/2015 12:36:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    The federal personnel agency will announce Thursday that a breach of OPM data revealed the information of 21.5 million federal employees and their families. More than 21 million Social Security numbers were compromised in a breach that affected a database of sensitive information on federal employees held by the Office of Personnel Management, the agency announced Thursday. That number is in addition to the 4.2 million social security numbers that were compromised in another data breach at OPM that was made public in June. The second data breach, which officials have privately linked to China, affected 21.5 million federal employees...
  • The 9-to-5 office workday is dying in America

    06/28/2015 4:43:41 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 42 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 28 2015 | Max Nisen
    With the rise of flexible working schedules, the freelance economy, and video conferencing, more Americans are getting their jobs done without ever heading into an office, according to new data from the American Time Use Survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among all workers, 23% report spending all or part of their day working from home. Thatís up from less than 19% in 2003, the first year for which thereís comparable data.
  • Facebook's photo app will not be available in Europe

    06/20/2015 5:08:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Facebook's photo-sharing app Moments will not be made available in Europe due to concerns about its use of facial recognition, it has been revealed. The app, which allows users to share mobile-phone photos with friends without posting them publicly, was launched in the US this week. The Irish data regulator said that users must be given a choice about whether they want it, with an opt-in. There is currently no timetable for such a feature, said Facebook. Richard Allen, Facebook's head of policy in Europe said: "We don't have an opt-in mechanism so it is turned off until we develop...
  • Who Has Your Back - Protecting Your Data from Government Requests

    06/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Electronic Frontiers Foundation ^ | June 18, 2015 | EFF Staff
    Executive SummaryWe live digital livesófrom the videos shared on social networks, to location-aware apps on mobile phones, to log-in data for connecting to our email, to our stored documents, to our search history. The personal, the profound, and even the absurd are all transcribed into data packets, whizzing through the fiber-optic arteries of the network. While our daily lives have upgraded to the 21st century, the law hasnít kept pace. To date, the U.S. Congress hasnít managed to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act to acknowledge that email stored more than 6 months deserves identical protections to email stored...
  • You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History

    06/07/2015 9:46:26 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 80 replies
    The Nation ^ | June 2, 2015 | Juliana DeVries
    Khairullozhon Matanov is a 24-year-old former cab driver from Quincy, Massachusetts. The night of the Boston Marathon bombings, he ate dinner with Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev at a kebob restaurant in Somerville. Four days later Matanov saw photographs of his friends listed as suspects in the bombings on the CNN and FBI websites. Later that day he went to the local police. He told them that he knew the Tsarnaev brothers and that theyíd had dinner together that week, but he lied about whose idea it was to have dinner, lied about when exactly he had looked at the Tsarnaevsí...
  • Recent Rise in Vaccine Victimsí Court Decisions (scrubbed by Gov)

    06/02/2015 6:49:11 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies ^ | May 31 2015 | sharyl attkisson
    In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statisticsómore than a yearís worth of dataófrom one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the ďadjudicationĒ chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines. Since January of 2014, twice as many victims have won court decisions than the previous eight years combined. In these court decisions, a judge...
  • Some straight people donít know that theyíre straight

    05/30/2015 2:28:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Hot ^ | May 30, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It never ceases to amaze me when I come across reports of problems in our society which I had no idea were even issues. One of these cropped up last night while reading the latest blog entry from Washington Post editor Jonathan Capehart, where he discusses a peculiar aspect of demographic data collection. We’re apparently having a tough time accurately counting the number of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the United States and it’s not because of too many people being in the closet. (Though I’m sure that’s still an issue as well.) No, the problem currently under examination...
  • Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance

    05/29/2015 9:07:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5-29-15 | Matt McKinney and John Reinan
    Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns. The plane’s flight path, recorded by the website, would eventually show that it circled downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale Center at low altitude for hours starting at 10:30 p.m., slipping off radar just after 3 a.m....
  • BUSTED: Paul Krugman removed 20 yrs of data from chart to show correlation that wasn't really there

    05/21/2015 8:30:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2015 | CULLEN ROCHE, PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM
    Someone sent me an email Wednesday evening with some details on the Paul Krugman response to James Montier, which I discussed here. I had previously stated that the Krugman response was lacking meat. But it's actually worse than that. It's actually highly misleading and appears intentionally so. In the post, Dr. Krugman tries to show how much interest rates matter by comparing the Fed Funds Rate with Housing Starts. He shows a chart and declares that there appears to be a strong correlation. Except, as this emailer notes, he appears to have shifted the chart to make it appear as...
  • Groundbreaking Study on Shifting Attitudes Toward Gays Used Faked Data

    05/20/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    In December, I wrote a post about a groundbreaking new study published in Science,which had profound implications for the gay rights movement. The studyís researchers claimed that a mere 20-minute conversation about the importance of marriage equality could convince same-sex marriage opponents to support gay rights. People who spoke with straight canvassers demonstrated a slight boost in tolerance;those who spoke with gay canvassers demonstratedóand retainedóan even more significant boost in support for gay rights.Does that sound too good to be true? It was. The study was co-authored by Donald Green, a professor of political science at Columbia University,and Michael J....
  • Is There a Need for Legislative Updates to Electronic Privacy Protection Laws?

    04/22/2015 2:34:20 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-22-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Long gone are the days when law enforcement surveillance meant officers with cameras standing on corners wearing trench coats, hats and sunglasses. Now law enforcement can use thermal imaging cameras from drones, intercept cell phone calls and even track personal information through cell phones. Advances in technology, perceptions that law enforcement officials may operate on the boundaries of the law and new community privacy expectations seem to beg for legislative updates to outdated interpretations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. There is a need to balance an individualís constitutional rights with law enforcementís goal to prevent and investigate crimes. Perhaps...
  • Future of BIG DATA

    04/17/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 1 replies
    The interesting part is the lower right hand of the pictorial.
  • Recover deleted video from iPhone....?

    04/01/2015 7:22:14 PM PDT · by raybbr · 34 replies ^ | 4/1/2015 | raybbr
    My son is making a zombie video. We had a bunch of videos on his iPhone and somehow one of the best (I played the zombie) got deleted. Does anyone know of a way to undelete the video? It was yesterday so I hope there is a way to recover it. Thanks. raybbr
  • Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

    03/28/2015 6:47:58 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 98 replies
    AppleInsider (via Rush Limbaugh) ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015, 06:49 am PT (09:49 am ET) | By Neil Hughes
    Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits. The details were revealed in a newly published Apple patent application, discovered on Thursday by AppleInsider. Entitled "Notifications with Input-Based Completion," the filing describes prompts on an iPhone that would actively block access to using the device until certain data is entered. The most prominent examples given by Apple in the filing are health-related. For example, screenshots show the user being prompted to check their weight...
  • RadioShack to auction off customer data, violating own privacy policy

    03/27/2015 9:44:35 AM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 22 replies
    NakedSecurity ^ | 26 March, 2015 | Lee Munson
    Retail chain RadioShack is looking to cash in the information it holds on its customers as part of its bankruptcy sale. According to Hilco Streambank, personal data including over 65 million customers' names and physical addresses, as well as 13 million email addresses, has been made available to the highest bidder. All this despite the fact that the company's online privacy policy quite clearly states: We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at any time. We will not use any personal information beyond what is necessary to assist us in delivering to you the services...
  • Women and Guns Data

    03/05/2015 7:11:50 AM PST · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Everyone knows that women and guns have been on the rise during these last 4-5 years. Pink and Leopard print guns have made its way into the marketplace and manufacturers have been catering to the women industry. There has been some interesting findings in what women really want in terms of why and which type of firearms they really own in the recent NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) report. -Guess which type of gun is the most favored with women. -Guess what percentage of women actually own those Pink print guns. -What percentage of women want a gun because it's...
  • Federal Worker Raided Student Data For Identity Theft

    03/03/2015 9:40:47 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Blake Neff
    Employees at the U.S. Department of Education have repeatedly treated the U.S. governmentís trove of student information as a personal playground and piggy bank, according to a Freedom of Information Act release obtained by the Daily Mail.(excerpted)The Daily Mailís inquiry found other cases of bizarre wrongdoing by the departmentís 5,000 employees, including one worker who was caught searching for the student loan records of ďBarrack ObamaĒ (sic), apparently unaware that the president has already made most of his student loan details public. (excerpted)
  • Minnesota Legislators Hope to Update Constitution for Digital Data Privacy

    02/26/2015 5:39:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-20-15 | David Montgomery
    (TNS) -- Pick another issue -- maybe any other issue -- and they'd be at each other's throats. But on Monday, the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance shared a stage with Occupy Minnesota, with the American Civil Liberties Union and an anti-Affordable Care Act advocacy group, with liberal DFLers and conservative Republicans. These unnatural allies agreed on one thing: limiting the ability of government to access electronic data. "There won't be many opportunities for you to see a group this ideologically diverse and bipartisan," said state Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover. Petersen, a Republican with libertarian leanings, wants to amend Minnesota's constitution...
  • Death of the Hard Drive? Scientists store data inside DNA that could last MILLIONS of years

    02/16/2015 11:59:42 AM PST · by 9thLife · 27 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 16 February 2015 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Just one gram of DNA can store the equivalent of 14,000 Blu-ray discs. But although the potential for DNA as an alternative to hard drives has been known about for years, it is not the most reliable and secure way to keep data safe. The latest breakthrough could be about to change that, however.
  • Crafting strong educational policies while protecting student data

    02/11/2015 1:40:03 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 1-11-15 | Mary Gifford
    In September 2013, Oklahoma passed a bill safeguarding student data, and since then, student and family data privacy issues have received greater attention in state houses, largely because of increased data collection requirements and availability of data. There is also a growing need to provide parents with timely, relevant data to make informed choices regarding schooling options. To successfully navigate data privacy issues, it is important to consider existing policies and safeguards in place at the federal level. These safeguards include several significant and far-reaching policies such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Childrenís Online Privacy Protection...
  • U.S. Asking Google To Turn Over Their Data Is Against The Fourth Amendment

    01/26/2015 2:45:20 PM PST · by alexmark1917
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | 1/26/2015 | Worker Ant #11
    #Google hands data to US Government in #WikiLeaks espionage case ó WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 26, 2015 Google hands over WikiLeaks emails, but is the first to exploit Charlie Hebdo and Sony's "the Interview". Why? ó WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 25, 2015 'Attack on journalism': WikiLeaks responds to Google's cooperation with US govt Googleís willingness to surrender the private emails of WikiLeaks staffers to the United States government amounts to an ďattack on journalism,Ē a representative for the whistleblower group says. Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic journalist who joined WikiLeaks as the groupís spokesman in 2010, said heís ďappalledĒ that...
  • Government health care website quietly sharing personal data (Pelosi knew)

    01/20/2015 7:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is disclosed or how it might be used was not immediately clear, but it can include age, income, ZIP code, whether a person smokes, and if a person is pregnant. It can include a computer's Internet address, which can identify a person's name or address when combined with other information collected by sophisticated online marketing or advertising firms. The Obama administration says...
  • Feds Looking for Company to Run 'National Data Warehouse' for Obamacare, Medicare

    01/02/2015 6:42:36 PM PST · by 9thLife · 30 replies
    The Weekly Standard via Drudge ^ | JAN 2, 2015 | JERYL BIER
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for vendors to run its "National Data Warehouse," a database for "capturing, aggregating, and analyzing information" related to beneficiary and customer experiences with Medicare and the federal Obamacare marketplaces. Although the database primarily consists of quality control metrics related to individuals' interactions with customer service, potential contractors are to "[d]emonstrate ... experience with scalability and security in protecting data and information with customer, person-sensitive information including Personal Health Information and Personally Identifiable information (personal health records, etc.)." Vendors are also instructed that one of the requirements of a possible future...
  • 10 Harmful Ways Govít Will Use Your Data

    12/17/2014 8:08:41 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    HIPAA is why there's a new plan to share your data. A 28-page federal document proposes to share your medical records with 37 federal agencies. (See graphic of the week below). The deadline for public comments on this sweeping intrusion is Friday, February 6, 2015. Go here to tell them what you think. Without privacy, you have no control. He who holds the data makes the rules. The Obama administration is gathering your data to seize control of your doctor. The 2009 mandate for every doctor to have electronic health records (EHRs) was considered foundational to imposing Obamacare. Even though...
  • Time cloak used to hide messages in laser light

    12/01/2014 4:33:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    newscientist ^ | 11:11 28 November 2014 by | Aviva Rutkin
    Last year, a team at Purdue University in Indiana built a cloak that could transfer hidden data at 1.5 gigabits a second, fast enough to make it theoretically useful for real communication. The only thing was, the message was hidden so well that no one could actually read it. That problem has now been solved.
  • New Jersey Assembly Bill 2812

    10/11/2014 8:42:55 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 8 replies
    LegisScan ^ | march 24th 2014 | NJ Politicians
    Requires development of longitudinal data system that maintains individuals' data from preschool through entry into workforce
  • Home Depot (HD) Hack Could Be Biggest Card Breach Ever

    09/10/2014 6:39:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 9, 2014 | Richard Davies
    By Richard Davies @daviesnow Sep 9, 2014 9:03am Home Depot (HD) Hack Could Be Biggest Card Breach Ever Morning Money Memo: The huge hacking attack against Home Depotís payment systems could turn out to be the biggest breach of any retailerís data so far. The company confirmed the data break-in but did not say how many credit and data cards are affected. The total could be as much as 60 million, according to several experts. That would be far more than the total number of cardholders impacted by the breach at Target stores. There is no evidence that any debit...
  • Picture Information Extractor 6.7

    08/22/2014 7:37:30 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies ^ | August 22,2014 |
    PIE is an unique picture browser and viewer with exquisite photo metadata and file renaming features. It extracts EXIF, XMP and IPTC from JPG, TIF and RAW files and makes it available in a convenient and welcoming interface. One part of the EXIF header is standardized and contains information such as date and time pictures were taken, shutter speed and aperture or whether the flash was used. But a lot of information such as program mode, white balance settings or lens data, is stored in the Makernote block, which is proprietary and can usually only be read with special software...
  • The record of recent Man-made CO2 emissions: 1965 -2013 (Graphs at link)

    08/03/2014 1:32:20 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | AUGUST 3, 2014 | By Ed Hoskins
    The following calculations and graphics are based on information on national CO2 emission levels worldwide published by BP[1]in June 2014 for the period from 1965 up until 2013. The data is well corroborated by previous similar datasets published by the CDIAC, Guardian [2] and Google up until 2009 [3]. These notes and figures provide a short commentary on that CO2 emissions history. The contrast between the developed and developing worlds is stark in terms of their history of CO2 emissions and the likely prognosis for their future CO2 output. Since 1980 CO2 emissions from the developed world have shown virtually...
  • 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 Lernerís 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 House ľs 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...