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  • Kuwait Makes DNA Tests Mandatory After ISIS Bombing

    07/01/2015 2:19:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Wednesday, 1 July 2015
    Kuwait’s parliament, reacting to a suicide bombing last week that killed 26 people, adopted a law Wednesday requiring mandatory DNA testing on all the country’s citizens and foreign residents. The legislation, requested by the government to help security agencies make quicker arrests in criminal cases, calls on the interior ministry to establish a database on all 1.3 million citizens and 2.9 million foreign residents. Under the law, people who refuse to give samples for the test face one year in jail and a fine of up to $33,000 (29,700 euros). Those who provide fake samples can be jailed for seven...
  • Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

    06/23/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Privacy Online News ^ | 6/18/15 | Rick Falkvinge
    Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.It looked like just another bug report. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something."...
  • NSA Has Reverse-Engineered Popular Consumer Anti-Virus Software In Order To Track Users

    06/22/2015 12:20:58 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 20 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 6-22-15 | Lucas Matney
    The NSA and its British counterpart the GCHQ have put extensive effort into hacking popular security software products to “track users and infiltrate networks,” according to the latest round of Snowden docs unearthed today by The Intercept. Cybersecurity companies, including the Moscow-headquartered Kaspersky Lab, were targeted by government agencies to gain intelligence of the latest exploits. Details of the security software’s inner workings were deciphered by agencies through a process called software reverse engineering (SRE), which allowed them to analyze and exploit the software suites. A top-secret warrant renewal request issued by the GCHQ details the motivations behind infiltrating the...
  • 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...
  • 4 Tips to Avoid Road Tolls This Summer

    06/18/2015 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Time ^ | June 4, 2015 | Brad Tuttle
    We've got a secret the rental car companies would prefer you didn't know. people camping in RV More The Cheapest Way to Roadtrip Might Surprise You 3 Ways to Avoid Costly Rental Car Insurance These Are the Most Hated Fees in America This won’t come as news to commuters and frequent road trippers, but drivers are encountering more and more toll roads, as well as higher and higher tolls on the existing ones. The latest example is I-10 in Texas, where plans called for the maximum toll during peak travel hours to shoot from $7 to $10 as of May...
  • Medical Expert: ‘The Power Of The Doctor Is Becoming Subsumed By The Government’

    06/15/2015 8:53:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 14, 2015 | Ginni Thomas
    As America hears of more doctors leaving the profession, the head of a patient-centered national health care organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, sees both political parties in Washington making matters worse. “Huge things are happening under the surface that people don’t understand,” says Twila Brase, a public health nurse and the founder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom in this 33 minute video interview with The Daily Caller. “The power of the doctor is becoming subsumed by the government.” America is moving, from Brase’s perspective, from the charitable human “mission of medicine” to a cold, sterile “business of...
  • NSA agents 'feel violated' after hackers access their emails (People's Cube Satire)

    06/14/2015 9:47:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 6/12/2015 | Offline Chedoh
    The U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, released a statement this morning informing the public of a massive security breach after a group of hackers broke into the NSA's secure network and read through a sizeable amount of personal emails, retrieved web browser history, and even recorded Skype conversations. "Earlier today, while we were performing routine monitoring of far right-wing internet activity, we discovered a security hemorrhage of personal information of NSA agents that was put on display in multiple online forums and social media across the internet," the statement said. "It appears...
  • The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling

    06/08/2015 8:16:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 06/07/15 | Natasha Lomas
    A new report into U.S. consumers’ attitude to the collection of personal data has highlighted the disconnect between commercial claims that web users are happy to trade privacy in exchange for ‘benefits’ like discounts. On the contrary, it asserts that a large majority of web users are not at all happy, but rather feel powerless to stop their data being harvested and used by marketers. The report authors’ argue it’s this sense of resignation that is resulting in data tradeoffs taking place — rather than consumers performing careful cost-benefit analysis to weigh up the pros and cons of giving up...
  • New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

    06/04/2015 10:21:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ProPublica and The New York Times ^ | June 4, 2015 | by Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson
    Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show. The disclosures, based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former NSA contractor, and shared with...
  • Leaked TISA Documents Reveal Privacy Threat

    06/04/2015 7:09:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/04/15 | Emma Woollacott
    Under the draft provisions of the latest trade deal to be leaked by Wikileaks, countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country. Like TTIP and TPP, TISA could be sped through Congress using Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority, which has been passed by the US Senate and may be taken up in the House this month. Under TPA, Congress is barred from making amendments to the trade deals, and most simply give yes-or-no approval. And the contents of TISA make interesting...
  • So evading government scrutiny is a crime. Why?

    06/03/2015 11:41:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday I started to delve into the Dennis Hastert case, paying particular attention to the specific crimes with which the former Speaker is being charged. But even after I finished writing about it and reading some of the comments here, I wasn’t very happy with my conclusions. There’s something very unsettling about the entire case (leaving out the obvious, horrible alleged child rape parts of it) but I felt that I wasn’t quite able to put my finger on it. Today I found someone who has done a better job of wrestling those questions to the ground and it...
  • The Tory Party vs. Rand Paul

    06/03/2015 10:52:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bob Barr
    If John McCain, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, and the other Republican senators lashing into Rand Paul because of his efforts to force expiration of Sec. 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act had been alive and part of the debate back in 1775-76, they would have been blasting Patrick Henry for supporting Liberty. Colonialists McCain, Cornyn and McConnell would have been firmly in the Tory camp; defending the powers of the Crown to “protect” the colonialists through such tools as Writs of Assistance. Today, in this 21st Century, the tools may have changed, but the foundational principle on which our independence...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • Personal details of 500 million Android users at risk: impossible to completely clear data

    05/23/2015 10:54:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/2015 | James Dunn
    Up to 500million Andriod users who use or have used Android software could be at risk from having personal information shared after tests revealed it's impossible to clear data from many devices. A report by Cambridge University showed that private text messages, images, videos and email details can be recovered, even after a total wipe - or factory reset - has been done. It means that people who have given away, sold or lost phones are now at risk from having their personal details and any private or sensitive information in messages or emails seen by whoever now has their...
  • Why Conservatives Need to Focus on the 4th Amendment

    05/20/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 10 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq.
    The Fourth Amendment is getting attention that it's not gotten before, and by popular will, it will be defined in how it is interpreted and implemented. Unless conservatives participate and act to define it, it will be defined by liberals and/or libertarians. From NSA spying to publicized abuses by armed federal agents and even some local police, people are afraid and are speaking out. That's good. The debate is leading to federal legislation and even constitutional amendments in states to rein in lawless government investigations. The Fourth Amendment is one of the most important arrows in the quiver against bullying...
  • Government must obtain warrant for e-mails (unless government wants your e-mails)

    05/20/2015 10:15:08 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/20/2015 | Government must obtain warrant for e-mails (unless government wants your e-mails) Read more: http:/
    S. 356, the Electronic Communications Act Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015, starts out well but ends badly. S. 356 is purportedly written to cure a defect in existing law that government may access our e-mails that are 18 months or older without a warrant from a judge. That's a little bit of bait and switch, though, since the bill authorizes government agencies to skip the requirement of going to a judge by unilaterally issuing judge-less warrants. The bill claims that it protects privacy, which is all well and good. E-mails, though, are private property even if held in the...
  • Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data

    05/19/2015 3:27:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 19 at 8:34 AM | By Ellen Nakashima
    FBI Director James B. Comey has expressed concern that the growing use of encrypted technologies is hindering the ability of law enforcement agencies to do their jobs. (Andrew Harnik/AP) May 19 at 8:34 AM Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data. In a letter to be sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, a coalition of tech firms, security experts and others appeal to the White House to protect privacy...
  • De-Google your life: it’s worth the hassle if you value your privacy

    05/14/2015 10:04:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Iriah Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Derek Scally
    Data privacy may seem like a distant and abstract concept but what is more personal than the information you are sharing with Google? Imagine you get a letter in the post offering you free water. Instead of paying Irish Water for your supply, another company promises you a generous quantity of free water. The catch? Instead of water meters, the company wants to install meters measuring the comings and goings to your home. They will also record who you know, who you communicate with and how often.They will store information on what you watch on television, what websites you visit...
  • Miami Beach Police Officers Exchanged Racist Emails: State Attorney

    05/14/2015 6:06:04 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    WTVJ-TV, official sponsor of annual homosexual parade in Miami Beach ^ | 5/14/15 | Willard Shepard, Jamie Guirola and Brian Hamacher
    More than a dozen Miami Beach Police officers exchanged hundreds of racist, homophobic and pornographic emails, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Thursday.... "Minorities and women were being demeaned in these emails that were sent between the officers, nude photographs were passed around and emails portraying offensive sexual acts were disseminated," Fernandez Rundle said. The images included jokes about President Barack Obama and golfer Tiger Woods. One image depicted a "Black Monopoly" board game where every square said "go to jail."
  • You’ll Shudder When You See What Google Knows About Your Web Searches

    05/13/2015 1:18:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    intego.com ^ | May 13th, 2015 | by Graham Cluley
    Google probably knows more about you than your mother, your partner, your boss... but chances are that you have no idea of just how much it knows. Fortunately, there's an easy way to open your eyes to the scale of just what the world's most popular search engine knows about you, your interests and your peccadillos. You may find yourself squirming when you realise Google never forgets what you've been typing into its search engine over the years, but, at least afterwards, you'll be able to do something about it. First things first, take a deep breath and visit: https://history.google.com/history/...
  • Conservatives Press GOP to Restrict DOJ’s Foreign Cloud Snooping

    05/13/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    An alliance of free-market conservatives is building support for a bill that would thwart the Obama administration's bid to make foreign computers, servers and data farms subject to Justice Department search and seizure.The alliance stepped up its pressure on Capitol Hill with the release of its May 1 “coalition letter” to Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R.-Va.), the two men who chair the judiciary committees in their chamber. The letter calls on the chairmen to move forward on the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act.To put things in perspective, in 1995 the email...
  • Huge privacy concerns in proposed federal rule change

    05/01/2015 11:08:08 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 29 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-1-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Have you ever accidentally downloaded malware? Under proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the malware on your computer may provide the Federal Bureau of Investigation the justification it needs to load its own surveillance software onto your computer, without notifying you. The FBI may be able to obtain warrants from any federal district court to search any computer in the United States. Once a warrant is issued, it can load its own software onto a target computer, copy files found on the computer, and wait to notify the target until after the search is complete. The government...
  • Florida Could Soon Place Limits On Drone Use

    04/29/2015 1:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 4/28/15
    The use of drones to photograph people on their own property could soon be illegal in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that places limits on the use of remote-controlled drones... ....drones could not be used to photograph or record images of people or their property from the air. The restrictions would also apply to state and local governments. The legislation does not call for any criminal penalties...
  • 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...
  • Mysterious Drone Causing Headaches in Mansfield (Privacy RIP)

    04/21/2015 9:40:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 73 replies
    NBCDFW.com ^ | Ray Villeda
    A Mansfield man says a drone was hovering outside his first floor window. He called police and was told there was little they could do about it.
  • California transgender bill spurs initiative for ‘bathroom privacy’

    04/21/2015 6:16:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/20/2015 | Christopher Cadelago
    Opponents have opened up a new front in the fight against a California law allowing transgender students to use public school facilities such as bathrooms, showers and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities. Privacy For All, the group targeting Assembly Bill 1266, on Friday submitted a proposed 2016 initiative that would mandate people in government buildings use facilities in accordance with their biological sex. It would allow people who feel their privacy was violated – or who chose not to use a facility because of a violation of the measure – to sue the government or the individual...
  • DA says Apple, Google software helps terrorists

    04/20/2015 8:33:09 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 47 replies
    Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. sounded a battle cry Sunday, calling on law-enforcement agencies to battle Apple and Google over software that makes it impossible for authorities to “decrypt” cellphones seized in criminal investigations. The recently rolled-out “upgrades” haven’t attracted much general attention, which means police must start pressing elected officials to roll back the terrorist-friendly software, he said. “Apple has created a phone that is dark, that cannot be accessed by law enforcement even when a court has authorized us to look at its contents,” Vance warned on “The Cats Roundtable” show on WNYM/970 AM. “That’s going to be...
  • 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.
  • N.Y. court: Legal to surreptitiously photograph people in their homes, and sell those photos

    04/15/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    WaPo (Volokh Conspiracy) ^ | April 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    From yesterday’s New York intermediate appellate court decision in Foster v. Svenson (paragraph breaks added): [Snip]... Defendant photographed the building’s residents surreptitiously, hiding himself in the shadows of his darkened apartment. Defendant asserts that he did so for reasons of artistic expression; he obscured his subjects’ faces, seeking to comment on the “anonymity” of urban life, where individuals only reveal what can be seen through their windows. After approximately one year of photography, defendant assembled a series of photographs called “The Neighbors,” which he exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles and New York.
  • Government ‘Rewrites’ Law To Access Microsoft Emails Stored Overseas

    04/09/2015 6:57:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2015-04-09 | Giuseppe Macri
    In a brief filed late Wednesday, Microsoft said the federal government’s legal argument for seizing user emails stored overseas “rewrites” an almost 30-year-old law to “reinterpret” it in a way it was never meant to be used.At the heart of the issue is a government warrant for Microsoft user emails stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland, which the government claims are relevant to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. To justify the seizure of the data outside of U.S. territory, the government is basing its argument on legislation born out of the Reagan era.“The statute in this case, the Electronics...
  • How did Ted Cruz / The Weekly Standard get my email address? (Vanity)

    04/01/2015 12:08:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Me | 4-1-2015
    I like most of the policies Cruz is pursuing, but I feel uncomfortable receiving a signed email from him to an email address I only share with family asking for money. What's up with that?
  • 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...
  • Bankrupt RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Bid

    03/25/2015 2:43:11 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    RTT News ^ | 3-25-2015
    Bankrupt consumer electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. (RSHC), has listed personal data of millions of its customers for sale. The RadioShack assets listed for sale includes more than 65 million customer names and physical addresses and 13 million email addresses. Hilco Streambank is the advisory firm that is taking care of disposition of RadioShack's assets in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction. According to reports, the auction for the personal data of customers has been concluded with hedge fund Standard General winning the auction. However, the deal still requires approval from a bankruptcy court and it looks like RadioShack will also face...
  • Support for Government Surveillance Could Imperil GOP's 2016 Hopefuls

    03/23/2015 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaled · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03-16-2015 | Dustin Volz
    Most of the likely Republican presidential candidates are supportive of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. But Americans who identify as Republican or lean that way appear to disagree. That’s according to a new survey from Pew Research, released on Monday, gauging post-Snowden attitudes on digital privacy and surveillance. Of respondents who were familiar with the NSA spying revelations, 70 percent of Republicans and those leaning Republican said they were losing confidence that the agency’s surveillance programs served the public interest. Just 55 percent of Democrats and those leaning Democratic said they had lost faith.... But the strong majority of...
  • Superintendent Confirms Common Core’s Pearson Spying on Kids’ Social Media Accounts

    03/15/2015 9:45:09 PM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The superintendent of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District in New Jersey has confirmed that she sent an email to fellow superintendents Tuesday about her concern that education publishing giant Pearson is “monitoring” children’s social media accounts for possible leaks about the Common Core-aligned PARCC tests.
  • Texas Ebola nurse says hospital failed her and her colleagues

    03/01/2015 1:52:31 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 63 replies
    MSN World News ^ | March 1 2015 | REUTERS
    The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, said she was used for publicity purposes by her hospital, which also invaded her privacy and did not properly train her, the Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday. Pham, 26, told the newspaper that chaos hit the Dallas hospital when it admitted Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he contracted it in Liberia. Nurses were ill prepared and received little guidance on how to treat Ebola or protect themselves.
  • 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...
  • Tech Whiplash: Obama Endorses, Then Undermines, Encryption

    02/18/2015 3:26:09 PM PST · by Dalek · 10 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/18/15 | Dan Gillmor
    President Obama talked a surprising amount of common sense on his trip last week to Silicon Valley, where he spoke at a "cybersecurity" gathering at Stanford University. But he undermined some noteworthy remarks about strong encryption--we need it, he said--with the kind of fear-monger hedging that has become almost every politician's refuge from telling the hard truth.... The first was Obama's clear statement that he, personally, favors ubiquitous strong encryption. He thinks everyone should use it but hedges that by saying law enforcement needs a way to break into communications and data.... [W]e need leaders who'll tell the truth--that we...
  • Apple's Tim Cook warns of "dire consequences" of sacrificing privacy for security

    02/13/2015 5:07:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 62 replies
    ZD Net ^ | February 13, 2015 -- 19:13 GMT | By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day
    Summary:The Apple boss said people have entrusted the company with their most personal bits of information. "We owe them nothing less than the best protections we can possibly provide." Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that there should not have to be a trade-off between national security and personal privacy. In a speech as part of a cybersecurity summit hosted by The White House at Stanford University, the Apple boss said history has shown that sacrificing rights to privacy can have "dire consequences" on society. "We risk something far more valuable than money. We risk our way of life," he...
  • 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...
  • IGGY AZALEA DECLARES WAR ON PAPA JOHN’S FOR ALLEGEDLY DISTRIBUTING HER PHONE NUMBER

    02/09/2015 6:56:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 2/9/15 | Marlow Stern
    ....the 24-year-old apparently decided to order some Papa John’s (Editor’s Note: Their butter dipping sauce and chicken tenders are divine). Then things got ugly. According to Azalea, Papa John’s was her “favorite pizza” until one of their drivers took it upon him/herself to distribute her number to their family members. Naturally, she took to Twitter to voice her frustrations to her 4.2 million followers in 140 characters or less: . @PapaJohns was my favorite pizza but the drivers they use give out your personal phone number to their family members.
  • Samsung's warning: Our Smart TVs record your living room chatter

    02/09/2015 5:47:28 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    C/Net ^ | February 9, 2015 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Why worry about Big Brother? It's your big Samsung TV that's watching you. Oh, and listening to you. That seems to be the conclusion from reading the privacy small print offered by the company. (Samsung's motto: TV has never been this smart.) It concerns the voice-recognition feature, vital for everyone who finds pressing a few buttons on their remote far too tiresome. The wording, first spotted by the Daily Beast, first informs you that the company may "capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features." This...
  • Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV

    02/08/2015 2:43:25 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 2/8/15
    Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition. Left: Samsung SmartTV privacy policy, warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV Right: 1984
  • Nightmare neighbor secretly filmed Beaverton teen for years [Oregon]

    01/29/2015 12:05:09 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 35 replies
    KGW TV - Portland, Oregon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Mark Hanrahan, John Tierney and Laural Porter
    For four years, hidden cameras recorded Madison Reed's most private moments, beginning when she was just 13 years old. The cameras, placed by a neighbor in the teenager's bedroom and in a beach house, are now gone, but the painful memories remain. "It's disgusting," Madison said. "I don't like to think about it, but I think about it all the time. Like all day." According to law enforcement investigators, Bradley McCollum, a family friend, set up a camera at his Clatsop County beach house in 2010 to secretly record Reed as she visited with McCollum's family. In 2014, he added...
  • Marco Rubio Wants to Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance

    01/28/2015 12:34:35 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 27, 2015 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records. The Florida Republican and likely 2016 presidential hopeful penned an op-ed on Tuesday condemning President Obama's counterterrorism policies and warning that the U.S. has not learned the "fundamental lessons of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." Rubio called on Congress to permanently reauthorize core provisions of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, which are due to sunset on June 1 of this year and provide the intelligence community with much of its...
  • More privacy protection sought for feds’ health care website

    01/24/2015 4:40:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2015 3:12 AM EST | Jack Gillum and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Privacy advocates say the Obama administration needs to make more changes to protect consumer privacy on the government’s health insurance website. The administration reversed course Friday and scaled back the release of personal information from HealthCare.gov, after The Associated Press reported that such details as consumers’ income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.The episode could become a blemish on what’s otherwise shaping up as a successful open enrollment season for the second year of expanded coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Lawmakers continue to insist on a full explanation....
  • Health Information Privacy - extensive patient healthcare data sharing done without any consent.

    01/21/2015 9:40:35 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 6 replies
    patientprivacyrights org ^ | 01/21/2015 | Dr. Peel MD
    This thread is intended to provide awareness that all of our healthcare patient PHI data(personal healthcare information), medical records, prescriptions, etc. is increasingly shared among hundreds of thousands of healthcare entities that are exempt from HIPAA PHI distribution restrictions. You are not permitted to opt out via a consent form. Cash payment for healthcare services is also frequently recorded, as well. This is a 2+ Billion dollar a year business that is largely unregulated. Healthcare records have huge repercussions that can impact an individual's ability to attain employment and insurance. Healthcare records also influence government and law enforcement action. Many...
  • Obama's Demand For Online Privacy Ends At ObamaCare

    01/21/2015 4:13:54 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/20/2015 | IBD Staff
    Information Leak: President Obama says he wants to improve cybersecurity and privacy. If he actually cared about them, he'd shut down healthcare.gov, which lets dozens of companies collect data on unwitting users. In a speech meant to preview part of his State of the Union address, Obama said: "As Americans, we shouldn't have to forfeit our basic privacy when we go online to do our business." Nice sentiment. But it's not being upheld by his own ObamaCare website. As the AP reported on Tuesday, Healthcare.gov has at least 50 third-party companies that have "embedded connections" to the site, which means...
  • 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...
  • Poll: 63% now say it’s more important for feds to investigate terror threats than privacy

    01/19/2015 4:53:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2015 | AllahPundit
    WaPo’s offering this as evidence that the public’s trending back towards security and away from privacy after Snowden’s heyday in 2013. It’s true, there is more support now for the former than there was 14 months ago; if Rand Paul was thinking of making opposition to the NSA a key piece of his campaign, this might give him pause. I think it’s more interesting, though, to see how strongly pro-security the public remained even after the surveillance bombshells first started bursting. Today, 63 percent say investigating terror is more important versus 32 percent who say it’s more important to...