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  • Your Photo Could Be Included in the FBI’s New Facial Recognition Database

    04/16/2014 7:20:08 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    The Wire ^ | Apr 15, 2014 | Lucy Westcott
    Apr 15, 2014 4:03PM ET / Politics Your Photo Could Be Included in the FBI’s New Facial Recognition Database Lucy Westcott If you're applying for a job in the near future, there's a chance you could end up on the FBI's imminent new facial recognition database alongside criminals, whether you like it or not. According to information obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the database, known as Next Generation Identification (NGI), will for the first time combine criminal and noncriminal fingerprint databases, along with records of palm prints, iris scans, and mugshots. The NGI, which sounds like Facebook mixed with...
  • Air Force apologizes to family after armed traffic stop (Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio)

    04/11/2014 4:17:30 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 109 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 10, 2014 | Laura A. Bischoff and Clint Davis
    A Columbus, Ohio, family said their children were traumatized after what was meant to be a fun trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force ended with guns drawn on them. Alice Hill, 65, her daughter-in-law, Wendy, and two young grandchildren visited the museum on April 4 and, as they were leaving, were ordered to get out of their vehicle by military police. Hill said the officers pulled guns on the family and cuffed the adults in front of the children, according to an incident report. (snip) The family was detained for about 90 minutes as authorities...
  • Obama Asks Court To Make NSA Database Even Bigger

    02/26/2014 1:33:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/26/26 | tyler durden
    When a hypertotalitarian banana republic takes another turn for the gigasurreal, even Elon Musk is speechless. In the most glaring example of how farcical idiocy has become the new normal, we will remind readers (especially those who do not follow us on twitter), of the following blurb from last night:
  • After the Fact: Civitas Media Denies Plan to Create Database of Concealed Carry Permit Holders

    01/26/2014 10:15:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/26/14 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 24th, a Civitas Media internal memo leaked to the new media describing the newspaper conglomerate's "attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon." Within 24 hours Civitas Media reversed course and now, on January 26th, says the idea never was going to happen to begin with. Buckeyefirearms.org first published the "internal propriety communication," which Civitas Media director of content Jim Lawitz "distributed to content editors, managers, and producers at [Civitas Media-owned] newspapers in 12 states." Lawitz initially refused comment once the communiqué became public. However, he eventually said "[they]...
  • Newspaper chain plans 'state-by-state' concealed weapon databases

    01/24/2014 1:01:03 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail. The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas' database project was detailed the plan in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
  • United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB)

    12/06/2013 5:50:11 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    guerrillamerica.com ^ | 12/5/13 | Samuel Culper III
    The United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) on its face isn’t alarming. I’m not even sure if this database is official or operational but people tracking crime isn’t new, nor is suspect. You should note that this database tracks non-violent “far-right”crime as well. What I do find alarming, albeit par for the course, is the keywords under which this database article is searchable: Keywords Al Qaeda related crimes, database construction, domestic terrorism, extremist crime, far-right crime, political violence The investigator of this University of Maryland project (http://www.start.umd.edu/start/research/projects/project.asp?id=43) is Steven Chermak (http://www.start.umd.edu/start/research/investigators/investigator.asp?id=47). This is how these people think: if you have...
  • Technology Delays Plague Cover Oregon (Oracle)

    11/18/2013 12:26:35 PM PST · by steve86 · 22 replies
    The Lund Report ^ | Diane Lund-Muzikant
    Oracle, which is developing the website, has assured Rocky King the site will be operational by Dec. 1 The same problem that’s plagued the federal health insurance exchange – healthcare.gov – appears responsible for Cover Oregon’s failure to implement its web-based portal on Oct. 1: technology. Even though Cover Oregon has paid Oracle, the technology giant, $43.2 million this year, the site’s still not working, and temporary workers are processing paper applications. As of Tuesday, Cover Oregon had received 17,000 applications but can’t say how many people may require subsidies, or want to enroll in the Oregon Health Plan, Healthy...
  • Rejecting Jeb Bush’s Fed Ed racket: Florida turns against Common Core

    09/24/2013 7:51:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9-24-13 | Michelle Malkin
    Jeb Bush can deride and mock opponents of shoddy, costly, intrusive, and unconstitutional Common Core standards all he wants. The grass-roots movement against Fed Ed can’t be stopped. In Bush’s own Florida, GOP Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order yesterday withdrawing the state from the Common Core testing consortium known as PARCC. Word is out that Gov. Rick Scott wants to pull Florida out of the PARCC testing consortium affiliated with the Common Core State Standards. Tampa Bay Times bureau chief Steve Bousquet is reporting on Twitter that Scott wants to sever ties with PARCC, for which Florida has...
  • Maryland police to review arrest of parent who objected to Common Core

    09/24/2013 4:44:40 AM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    Fox news ^ | September 23, 2013
    A Baltimore-area police chief is reviewing the arrest of a man who rose at a town hall-style meeting to challenge the national Common Core standards and wound up in an angry confrontation with an off-duty police officer. Robert Small,46,showed up at the public forum Thursday night in Towson,but when he began asking questions about Common Core, the police officer,who was providing security at the meeting,shut him down. “My question is how does lowering educational standards prepare kids for ... college,because that’s what it’s all about?” Small asked in a scene caught on videotape. But audience members had been told to...
  • Obamacare as Big Brother

    08/15/2013 12:06:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | Aug 14, 2013 | By Michael Tanner
    Think the NSA data collection on your phone calls and Internet use is scary? Well, here comes Obamacare. On October 1, the law’s insurance exchanges are scheduled to start open enrollment in all 50 states. In order to help people sign up for insurance and to determine which applicants are eligible for subsidies or Medicaid, the exchanges will need to collect both tax and health-care data for more than 7 million Americans. This means a new government bureaucracy will be in possession of these people’s financial, employment, and health information — everything from their income last year to the prescription...
  • Spread of DNA databases sparks ethical concerns

    07/13/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-13-13 | Jill Lawless
    LONDON — You can ditch your computer and leave your cellphone at home, but you can't escape your DNA. It belongs uniquely to you — and, increasingly, to the authorities. Countries around the world are collecting genetic material from millions of citizens in the name of fighting crime and terrorism — and, according to critics, heading into uncharted ethical terrain. Leaders include the United States — where the Supreme Court recently backed the collection of DNA swabs from suspects on arrest — and Britain, where police held samples of almost 7 million people, more than 10 percent of the population,...
  • Warren joins outcry for NSA accountability

    07/07/2013 12:32:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Telegram ^ | 7/03/13 | James F. Russell
    WASHINGTON — The escalating spying affair dogging the Obama administration now includes a bipartisan request for accountability from more than a fourth of U.S. senators, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. **SNIP** They said it is regrettable the information was revealed by a government whistleblower instead of the Obama administration. In a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the senators say it is time for the White House to come clean. They want him to provide straight answers to fundamental questions about the gigantic, clandestine and problematic government data collections that include huge stockpiles of information on ordinary Americans’...
  • Get a Life Pentagon wanted searchable database of people's lives as far back as 2003

    07/01/2013 11:50:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/13 | Josh Peterson
    Ten years before the recent global panic over the U.S. government’s domestic spying program, the Pentagon solicited contractors for a searchable database of people’s lives. In 2003, the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hoped to create a database that would amass everything about the life of a person participating in the project, ranging from GPS coordinates to every email and phone call sent and received. The participant would wear a camera, microphone and sensors to record the minutia of everyday life. The program, called Lifelog, would act as a person’s digital diary.
  • Would E-Verify result in a national ID database?

    06/16/2013 8:23:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/16/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Yet another glitch seems to be popping up in the immigration reform debate, and I’ll confess that I really didn’t see this one coming. One portion of the proposal regards expanding – and making mandatory in a variety of cases – the use of the E-Verify system. This would ensure that employers were making use of the system to screen out illegal immigrants when hiring. But if it applies to immigrants, in the opinion of some observers, it winds up applying to everyone. And that could lead to the equivalent of a national ID database. “Over time, this could become...
  • Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s voter database

    06/12/2013 11:39:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/20/2012 | Craig Timberg and Amy Gardner
    <p>If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection.</p>
  • Which Database: OFA or NSA?

    06/12/2013 8:22:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/12/2013 | Cindy Simpson
    In the wake of the explosive NSA data-mining revelations, Breitbart TV reminded us of an interesting Rep. Maxine Waters bombshell from February. In an interview, Rep. Waters described a very powerful database that "no one has ever seen before in life," "put in place" by Obama, that had "information about everything on every individual on ways that it's never been done before." [sic] The Breitbart piece was titled "Breitbart Flashback: Maxine Waters Reveals Obama's Secret Database Filled with Voters' Private Info." Although what Rep. Waters described seems eerily similar to the recently leaked NSA secret database, she was not referring...
  • Biometric Database tucked inside Gang of Eight immigration bill

    06/07/2013 4:44:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | May 31, 2013 | Conservative Action Alerts
    Biometric Database tucked inside Gang of Eight immigration bill by Conservative Action Alerts on May 31, 2013 ALERT: The Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration plan will destroy individual privacy via biometric database. American Conservative, Last Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed their markup of the Gang of Eight’s “immigration reform” bill – a version that not only preserves most of the bill’s original problems, but also contains 233 additional pages of rules. Senator Ted Cruz says that the bill only makes our current immigration problems “worse.” Sadly, he holds the minority opinion as he was one of only five Senate...
  • Flashback: Maxine Waters: Obama has secret database with everything on everyone

    05/31/2013 5:16:58 PM PDT · by DFG · 44 replies
    patdollard.com ^ | 02/07/2013 | Pat Dollard
    The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very...
  • Dem Rep: 2016 Pres Candidate will have powerful database

    05/15/2013 8:15:17 PM PDT · by God pays good · 10 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/02/06/Maxine-Waters-Reveals-Obamas-Secret-Data-Base-Filled-Voters-Private-Info-Dems-Secret-To-Crush-GOP
  • Is there a scary biometric ‘National ID System’ tucked into the Immigration Bill?

    05/11/2013 10:30:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/10/2013 | Liz Klimas
    <p>A more than 800-page bill for immigration reform, which the Senate has begun debating, carries a measure privacy advocates worry could lead to the creation of a biometric database of every adult in the United States.</p>
  • Number Of Names On U.S. Counter-Terrorism Database Jumps

    05/03/2013 3:11:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3,2013 | Mark Hosenball
    (Reuters) - The number of names on a highly classified U.S. central database used to track suspected terrorists has jumped to 875,000 from 540,000 only five years ago, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said.
  • Terror database too vague to flag Boston suspect

    05/02/2013 8:39:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/2/13 | Ken Dilanian
    WASHINGTON — When a Russian intelligence service told the CIA that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become an Islamic radical looking to join underground groups, the agency put his name in the government´s catch-all database for terrorism suspects. The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list, known as TIDE, was the government´s attempt after the Sept. 11 attacks to consolidate a hodgepodge of watch lists, and ensure that every law enforcement agency would be alerted when it came into contact with a possible terrorist. But TIDE has ballooned to 875,000 records, and critics say it is so all-encompassing
  • Obama ATF Seeks “Massive” Database Of Personal Information

    04/08/2013 6:08:32 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 17 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Apr. 8, 2013 | Tim Brown
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) recently solicited for a “massive online data repository system” capable of accessing personal information, including relatives, connections and associates. The request was submitted on March 28, 2013 at FedBizOpps.gov. It was later updated on April 5, 2013. In providing background for the request, the ATF says that the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII) “provides critical law enforcement resources in support of reducing violent crime and protecting the public. Staffed by a number of dedicated law-enforcement intelligence analysts, support professionals, and officials, the mission of OSII has always been to provide...
  • ATF Seeks 'Massive' Database of Personal Info: 'Assets, Relatives, Associates and More'

    04/07/2013 9:58:11 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/7/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    CNS News Home Washington National Culture International Entertainment Sports Health Business Weird News News Wire The Right Views E-Brief Facebook Twitter RSS LinkedIn About Us Resources Send Tips Donate RSS CNSNews.TV On the Spot On the Scene The Schein OTJ Golden Hookah ATF Seeks 'Massive' Database of Personal Info: 'Assets, Relatives, Associates and More' April 6, 2013 By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. Subscribe to Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. RSS 1674 413 A recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) reveals that the agency is seeking a "massive" online database capable of pulling up individuals' personal information, connections and...
  • ATF seeks 'massive' online database to log personal information, connections

    04/06/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    rt.com ^ | 4/6/13
    A recent notice from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reveals that the agency intends to acquire an online database capable of bringing up many of an individual’s personal characteristics and connections with just a few keystrokes. On March 28 the federal law enforcement organization, which is a branch of the US Department of Justice, filed a solicitation notice for a “massive online data repository system” for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information. The solicitation is hosted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, where vendors and developers can offer their services to the government in a competitive reverse...
  • Maxine Waters: Obama Has a Database on Everything About Every Individual

    03/02/2013 11:27:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/08/13 | El Rushbo
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Maxine Waters. This was last Sunday on TV One's Washington Watch with Roland Martin. Maxine Waters, Democrat from California. Her district is basically the Watts area of Los Angeles, and Roland Martin said, "The reality is like anything else, you'd better get what you can while Obama's there because, look, come 2016, that's it." Now, what Roland Martin's saying here is all of you who are looking for prosperity from the government, you better get it and get it now. Get it while you can, get it while Obama's there, because come 2016, he's not gonna...
  • Dem Rep: 2016 Pres Candidate Will Have 'Powerful' Database That Has 'Everything On Everyone'

    02/09/2013 1:30:22 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 76 replies
    breitbart tv ^ | 2-8-13 | breitbart
    "The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life," Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. "That's going to be very, very powerful," Waters said. "That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it's never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They're going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can't get around it. And he's [President Obama] been very smart. It's very...
  • Minnesota license plate data collected as lawmakers see privacy risks

    01/28/2013 5:16:27 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-26-13 | kyle potter
    They're on squad cars and street lights, and they track where you're driving. Across Minnesota, police and sheriffs have been using automated license plate readers for years to find stolen cars and aid investigations. Their spreading use and questions of data security, fueled by recent breaches of statewide databases, has focused attention on the lack of regulation. Until the data was temporarily classified late last year, anyone could ask police for a list of when and where a car had been spotted. Lawmakers will soon consider restrictions on the data stored via the readers, with state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg,...
  • Registration Will Lead to Confiscation

    01/10/2013 10:37:19 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 9, 2013 | Brian Lilley
    According to The Washington Post, the Obama administration is considering a “national database” of all firearms in the United States to “track the movement and sale of weapons.” If such a database comes to fruition the database will lead to confiscation.Last year Canada ended its national long gun registry, a national database of every rifle and shotgun in the country that was supposed to help police track the movement of and sale of weapons. When it was introduced twenty years ago critics said the registration of firearms would eventually lead to confiscation, a criticism dismissed as ridiculous, yet that’s what...
  • Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

    12/15/2012 4:22:01 PM PST · by upchuck · 33 replies
    Wired | December 13, 2012 | Kim Zetter
    Link only. Holder now has the right to keep dossiers on U.S. citizens. More here.
  • Mohamed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser, Allegedly Leaked Intel, Shopped Classified Info to

    10/26/2011 6:03:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 10/26/11 | Pamela Geller
    Back in October 2010 I warned of the consequences of naming a stealth jihadist with ties to Islamic subversives whose stated goal is to "eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within and sabatoage its miserable house."more here ... Secretary Napolitano named devout Muslim Mohamed Elibiary to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (Department of Homeland Security.) Texas Department of Public Safety now says Homeland Security Advisory Council member Mohamed Elibiary may have been given access to a sensitive database of state and local intelligence reports, and then allegedly shopped some of those materials to a media outlet. Who else is the...
  • Napolitano Says Texas Lying About Mohamed Elibiary: She's Offended by Gohmert's "Insinuations"

    07/22/2012 8:46:06 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 39 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-21-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Back in October 2011 Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX) questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a high level security clearance who allegedly accessed, illegally from his home computer, a Texas State and Local Intelligence Community database. Napolitano denied knowing anything about it, and told Gohmert she would personally do the investigation. See the video below. Gohmert charged that Elibiary shopped information marked For Official Use Only, [classified] about Texas Governor Rick Perry and other Texas officials, to a left-leaning media outlet. See my original article from January 2012 for...
  • New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates

    09/29/2012 9:56:28 AM PDT · by Theoria · 54 replies
    WSJ ^ | 28 Sept 2012 | JULIA ANGWIN and JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES
    For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly. They have shots of it cruising along Estudillo Avenue near the library, parked at his friend's house and near a coffee shop he likes. In one case, they snapped a photo of him and his two daughters getting out of a car in his driveway. Mr. Katz-Lacabe isn't charged with, or suspected of, any crime. Local police are tracking his vehicle automatically, using cameras mounted on a patrol car that record every nearby vehicle—license plate, time and location. "Why are they keeping...
  • Governor appeals ruling on “don’t ask” gun law

    08/27/2012 8:20:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking an appeals court to restore a state law that would restrict doctors’ discussions of gun ownership with patients. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on June 29 blocked the state from enforcing the National Rifle Assn.-backed measure. Under the legislation, Florida physicians who were determined to have asked patients about gun ownership without justification, entered unnecessary information about such ownership in medical records or discriminated against gun-owning patients faced possible sanctions by the state medical board.
  • New database of US voter fraud finds no evidence that photo ID laws are needed

    08/12/2012 5:49:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/11/12 | Natasha Khan, Corbin Carson
    New database of US voter fraud finds no evidence that photo ID laws are neededFirst of a series of articles, Who Can Vote: a News21 investigation of voting rights in America By Natasha Khan and Corbin Carson, News21 A new nationwide analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. In an exhaustive public records search, reporters from the investigative reporting projecdt News21 sent thousands of requests to...
  • Outrageous: Raleigh, N.C. CBS Affiliate Station WRAL Publishes Searchable Database

    07/25/2012 4:02:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 25, 2012 | Ken Shepherd
    *Corrected from earlier | WRAL, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., recently published a searchable database of concealed carry licensees within the "WRAL viewing area, including Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Nash, Northampton, Person, Sampson, Vance, Warren, Wayne, Wilson and Wake counties." Searches do not turn up names or street numbers, but they do give a number of permits issued to residents on that street. The search form for the database appears within a story filed July 12 (updated July 20 -- the day of the Aurora, Colo., shooting), entitled "Rural areas...
  • National Drivers' License Data Base?

    04/13/2012 1:08:10 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 36 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 13, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Already removed mine- and recommend you do the same Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the net, including your own! Searched for mine and there it was, picture and all... THANK YOU DHS  There's still an opt-out option though, so go to the web site, and enter your name, city and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked 'Please Remove.'  This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement. Notify all your friends so they can protect themselves, too- National Drivers' License Data Base NowPublic  ...
  • WI politicos take umbrage with recall petition database

    03/22/2012 8:01:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-22-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — A funding showdown is shaping up between one of the Legislature's most powerful committees and Wisconsin’s elections watchdog, in part over a recall database not released to the public. The GAB's $75,000 expenditure on a database that failed to allow the public to search recall petition signatures stopped state Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, dead in his tracks. He is co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, or JFC, which reviews all bills dealing state appropriations and revenue before they pass to the Legislature. “Why would we pay (GAB) money to create a useless database that the public can’t use?”...
  • Software for petition database needs human assistance

    01/21/2012 10:43:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-21-12 | Patrick marley
    Madison - In their effort to review 1.9 million recall signatures, state election officials are embarking on a project unlike any they have done before, relying on newly purchased software that can convert handwritten names into entries in six searchable databases. Experts say that the type of software the state is using can produce databases in a short time, but that officials must be ready to address numerous errors because computers sometimes misread handwritten letters. "Handwriting recognition software is not great," said Daniel Lopresti, a computer science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. "A lot of the names are going...
  • Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans

    01/11/2012 2:58:09 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 227 replies · 1+ views
    <p>President Obama is putting plans in motion to give the Commerce Department authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans, a White House official told CNET.com.</p> <p>White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt told the website it is "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet.</p>
  • Lawyer: Cop scanner ‘crosses line’ (Big Brother database alert)

    07/22/2011 1:08:15 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, July 21, 2011 | O’Ryan Johnson
    Civil libertarians are raising the alarm over the state’s plans to create a Big Brother database that could map drivers’ whereabouts with police cruiser-mounted scanners that capture thousands of license plates per hour — storing that information indefinitely where local cops, staties, feds and prosecutors could access it as they choose... The computerized scanners, known as Automatic License Plate Recognition devices, instantly check for police alerts, warrants, traffic violations and parking tickets, which cops say could be an invaluable tool in thwarting crime. The Executive Office of Public Safety has approved 27 grants totaling $500,000 to buy scanners for state...
  • To Track Militants, U.S. Has System That Never Forgets a Face

    07/14/2011 5:29:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/14/11 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — When the Taliban dug an elaborate tunnel system beneath the largest prison in southern Afghanistan this spring, they set off a scramble to catch the 475 inmates who escaped. One thing made it easier. Just a month before the April jailbreak, Afghan officials, using technology provided by the United States, recorded eye scans, fingerprints and facial images of each militant and criminal detainee in the giant Sarposa Prison. Within days of the breakout, about 35 escapees were recaptured at internal checkpoints and border crossings; they were returned to prison after their identities were confirmed by biometric files.
  • Diagnosis Uncertain For Florida's Drug Database

    03/17/2011 10:50:15 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 7 replies
    Lakeland Ledger ^ | March 12, 2011 | MEG LAUGHLIN & LETITIA STEIN
    Hollywood bombshell Anna Nicole Smith's 2007 death in a South Florida hotel room ignited a frenzy of headlines. The four-poster bed she died in at the Hard Rock Hotel. The tub of crushed ice to break her fever. The row of amber pill canisters on the night table. The coroner's verdict: An accidental overdose of some of her nine prescription drugs killed the former Playboy Playmate. Not long after, authorities declared legal narcotics were killing three times as many people as street drugs in Florida. Those events combined to give the Sunshine State an embarrassing new nickname: Pill Mill Capital...
  • School Salary Database Reveals What Ohio Educators Earned In 2010 (1,800 over $100K)

    01/18/2011 8:05:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NBC 4i ^ | 1/18/11 | Patrick Preston
    School Salary Database Reveals What Ohio Educators Earned In 2010By Patrick Preston Published: January 18, 2011 COLUMBUS, Ohio - An updated salary database allows Ohioans to search the salaries of administrators and teachers in Ohio's 613 public school districts. The Buckeye Institute, a conservative think tank based in Columbus, received the data from the Ohio Department of Education showing 1,800 public school employees made more than $100,000 in 2010. In the Columbus City School District, 78 employees earned more than six figures in 2010. Superintendent Gene Harris topped the list in Columbus with a salary of $185,912. The head of...
  • Privacy advocates fear massive fed health database

    11/06/2010 2:42:12 PM PDT · by goldendays · 21 replies
    computerworld.com ^ | November 4, 2010 | Jaikumar Vijayan
    Privacy advocates fear massive fed health database U.S. Office of Personnel Management wants to collect data from three health programs Several privacy groups have raised alarms over plans by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to build a database that would contain information about the healthcare claims of millions of Americans. The concerns have surfaced because the OPM has provided few details about the new database and because the data collected will be shared with law enforcement, third-party researchers and others. In a letter to OPM Director John Berry, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and 15 other...
  • Privacy advocates fear massive fed health database

    11/04/2010 11:53:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    computer world ^ | November 4, 2010 06:00 AM ET | Jaikumar Vijayan
    Several privacy groups have raised alarms over plans by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to build a database that would contain information about the healthcare claims of millions of Americans. The concerns have surfaced because the OPM has provided few details about the new database and because the data collected will be shared with law enforcement, third-party researchers and others. In a letter to OPM Director John Berry, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and 15 other organizations asked the agency to release more details on the need for the database and how the data contained in...
  • 9,111 retired California government workers receive pensions in excess of $100,000 from CalPERS

    09/11/2010 8:23:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    9,111 retired California government workers receive pensions in excess of $100,000 from CalPERS Searchable database
  • THE COMPUTER DATA BANK: WILL IT KILL YOUR FREEDOM?

    07/15/2010 4:40:43 PM PDT · by gnarledmaw · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Modern Mechanix ^ | JUN, 1968 | Jack Star
    THE COMPUTER DATA BANK: WILL IT KILL YOUR FREEDOM? All around the U.S., computer centers may be talking too much about everybody and everything BY JACK STAR LOOK SENIOR EDITOR Did your sister have an illegitimate baby when she was 15? Did you fail math in junior high? Are you divorced or living in a common-law relationship? Do you pay your bills promptly? Are you willing to talk to salesmen? Have you been treated for a venereal disease? Are you visiting a psychiatrist? Were you ever arrested? Have you taken an airplane trip in the past 90 days; with whom:...
  • Top 10 Largest Databases in the World

    05/07/2010 5:37:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 663+ views
    Focus ^ | 2010 ?? | Focus Editors
    We all collected things as children. Rocks, baseball cards, Barbies, perhaps even bugs -- we all tried to gather up as much stuff as possible to compile the biggest most interesting collection possible.  Some of you may have even been able to amass a collection of items numbering into the hundreds (or thousands). As the story always goes, we got older, our collections got smaller, and eventually our interests died out...until now. There are currently organizations around the world in the business of amassing collections of things, and their collections number into and above the trillions.  In many cases these collections, or...
  • Massive Gov't Takeover! Feds to Monitor Checking Accounts, Credit Cards?! (financial reform bill)

    04/22/2010 7:05:26 AM PDT · by opentalk · 110 replies · 4,446+ views
    Fox Nation ^ | April 22, 2010 | Fox news
    Karl Rove discusses the current Obama-Dodd financial reform Bill. - video "It creates a new office and monitors every finanical transaction in the United States"