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  • 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. That’s up from less than 19% in 2003, the first year for which there’s 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 lives—from 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 hasn’t kept pace. To date, the U.S. Congress hasn’t 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 they’d 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 Tsarnaevs’...
  • Recent Rise in Vaccine Victims’ Court Decisions (scrubbed by Gov)

    06/02/2015 6:49:11 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | May 31 2015 | sharyl attkisson
    In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from 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 “adjudication” 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 don’t know that they’re straight

    05/30/2015 2:28:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | 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 didnÂ’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didnÂ’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns. The planeÂ’s flight path, recorded by the website flightradar24.com, 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 study’s 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 demonstrated—and retained—an 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 individual’s constitutional rights with law enforcement’s 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 · 31 replies
    FreeRepbulic.com ^ | 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. government’s 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 Mail’s inquiry found other cases of bizarre wrongdoing by the department’s 5,000 employees, including one worker who was caught searching for the student loan records of “Barrack Obama” (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), Children’s 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 https://t.co/ocBQGvL4yl pic.twitter.com/MIxGiOu9si — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 26, 2015 Google hands over WikiLeaks emails, but is the first to exploit Charlie Hebdo and Sony's "the Interview". Why? https://t.co/D2Ir2Yi3Kq — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 25, 2015 'Attack on journalism': WikiLeaks responds to Google's cooperation with US govt Google’s willingness to surrender the private emails of WikiLeaks staffers to the United States government amounts to an “attack on journalism,” a representative for the whistleblower group says. Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic journalist who joined WikiLeaks as the group’s spokesman in 2010, said he’s “appalled” that...
  • Government health care website quietly sharing personal data (Pelosi knew)

    01/20/2015 7:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/15 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, JACK GILLUM
    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 Gov’t 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 Depot’s payment systems could turn out to be the biggest breach of any retailer’s 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
    picmeta.com ^ | August 22,2014 | picmeta.com
    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 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...