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  • Private records of 21,000 Orange County hospital patients exposed [for ONE YEAR]

    02/16/2012 10:08:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2012
    The private medical records of more than 21,000 hospital patients at two Orange County hospitals may have been inadvertently made public online. St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton and Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach -- as well as an additional 9,000 patients in Northern California -- were affected by the security glitch, which allowed people to search and find what were supposed to be private medical records, including names, lab results, medications, allergies, body mass index and demographic information, KTLA-TV reported. ....The security breach went on for an entire year, until an attorney for one patient raised a red flag....
  • Who Is Flying Unmanned Aircraft in the U.S.? Gov't Withholds Info on Drone Flight Authorizations

    02/15/2012 7:13:14 AM PST · by FourPeas · 22 replies
    San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), demanding data on certifications and authorizations the agency has issued for the operation of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. Drones are designed to carry surveillance equipment – including video cameras, infrared cameras and heat sensors, and radar – that can allow for sophisticated and almost constant surveillance. They can also carry weapons. Traditionally, drones have been used almost exclusively by military and security organizations. However, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses drones inside the United States to patrol the U.S....
  • Kill Web Trackers Dead

    02/15/2012 6:37:58 AM PST · by radioone · 28 replies
    PC World ^ | 2-12-12 | Dan Tynan
    Here’s fair warning to all social media data scavengers, ad tracking companies, and analytics snoops on the InterWebs: There’s a new anti-tracking sheriff in town. Online privacy company Abine Inc. last week unveiled a new browser widget called, appropriately enough, DoNotTrackPlus (because these days everything has to come with a plus sign -- thank you, Google). I’ve been taking it for a spin this morning and I gotta say it’s pretty slick. DNT+ keeps more than 600 ad networks and other Web trackers from depositing tracking cookies on your hard drive. It also tells you who they are. Period, full...
  • US Government Looks to Mind Social Media to Predict Future

    02/13/2012 5:05:55 PM PST · by lyby · 5 replies
    FOX-News.com ^ | February 12, 2012 | Associated Press
    The U.S. government is seeking software that can mine social media to predict everything from future terrorist attacks to foreign uprisings, according to requests posted online by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Hundreds of intelligence analysts already sift overseas Twitter and Facebook posts to track events such as the Arab Spring. But in a formal "request for information" from potential contractors, the FBI recently outlined its desire for a digital tool to scan the entire universe of social media — more data than humans could ever crunch.
  • US seeks to mine social media to predict future

    02/12/2012 10:23:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 12, 2012 | By MARCUS WOHLSEN
    (AP) -- The U.S. government is seeking software that can mine social media to predict everything from future terrorist attacks to foreign uprisings, according to requests posted online by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Hundreds of intelligence analysts already sift overseas Twitter and Facebook posts to track events such as the Arab Spring. But in a formal "request for information" from potential contractors, the FBI recently outlined its desire for a digital tool to scan the entire universe of social media — more data than humans could ever crunch. The Department of Defense and the Office of the Director...
  • Oregons Firearm Ownership Privacy Bill to be Heard Monday by House Committee

    02/09/2012 8:26:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 February, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- House Bill 4054 is scheduled to be heard in the state House Health Care Committee on Monday, February 13. This hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the Oregon Capitol. Sponsored by state Representative Jim Thompson (R-23), HB 4054 would prohibit the Public Employees’ Benefit Board from authorizing or requiring the collection of information or maintenance of records about firearms from eligible employees or family members applying for health benefits. HB 4054 was introduced after state Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-30) secured commitments from both Kaiser Permanente and the Public Employee’s...
  • Is government aborting our rights?

    02/02/2012 6:08:46 AM PST · by SmileRight · 12 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 2/2/2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Liberal Democrats applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s recognition of a “right to privacy” when the justices used it to reach their decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973. That case, of course, was the court’s landmark decision granting women the right to abort their fetuses. Six months ago, I criticized the court’s reasoning, saying that the word “privacy” appears nowhere within the four corners of either the Constitution or its amendments. But the court has spoken, and it’s the final arbiter in all things constitutional. During the last couple of weeks, Democrats have apparently been backpedaling on that whole privacy...
  • WI’s GAB sides with transparency in petition privacy debate

    02/01/2012 4:25:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 1-31-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — The state’s elections watchdog Tuesday announced it would release all 153,335 pages of recall petitions online, 24 hours after pausing to consider the impact of posting personal information about domestic violence victims. The decision comes after victims’ advocates and the state’s attorney general weighed in on the question. ‘Balancing test’ Following an analysis, the Government Accountability Board [1], or GAB, determined the petitions will be released, in accordance with Wisconsin law, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, “Doe v. Reed [2],” which involved the release of referendum petition in Washington state. “Unlike an elector’s vote,...
  • GAB delays release of recall petitions over privacy worries (WI)

    01/30/2012 6:39:09 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-30-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - State election officials put off making recall petitions available publicly on Monday after hearing privacy concerns from people who signed them. The state Government Accountability Board provided copies of the petitions against Gov. Scott Walker to Walker's campaign on Friday and had said that it planned to post copies of them on its website on Monday. But agency spokesman Reid Magney said the board was holding off on posting them online after hearing concerns about a stalking victim and others who did not want their names released. Recall organizers say more than 1 million people signed petitions to...
  • American Community Survey

    01/26/2012 7:46:05 PM PST · by John S Mosby · 23 replies
    US Census ^ | 1/26/2012 | ME
    Do I have to respond to the American Community Survey / Puerto Rico Community Survey? Yes. Respondents are required to answer all questions on the American Community Survey (ACS) to the best of their ability. Response to this and other Census surveys is required by law (Section 221 of Title 13, Chapter 7, United States Code). This chapter also contains information regarding offenses and possible penalties. According to Section 221, persons who do not respond shall be fined not more than $100. Title 18 U.S.C. Section 3571 and Section 3559, in effect amends Title 13 U.S.C. Section 221 by changing...
  • Facebook forces Timeline; tips to hide users' past

    01/25/2012 6:51:34 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 28 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 1/25/12 | Anick Jesdanun
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook will start requiring people to switch to a new profile format known as Timeline, making photos, links and personal musings from the past much easier to find. Timeline is essentially a scrapbook of your whole life on Facebook, compared with a snapshot of you today found on Facebook's traditional profile page. Once activated, Timeline replaces the current profile. Although some people have already voluntarily switched to Timeline, Facebook hadn't made that mandatory. Beginning Tuesday, Facebook is telling some users that they have seven days to clean up their profiles before Timeline gets automatically activated. Facebook...
  • Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out

    01/24/2012 4:09:46 PM PST · by DBCJR · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, January 24, 3:33 PM | By Cecilia Kang
    Google said Tuesday it will follow the activities of users across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a shift in strategy that is expected to invite greater scrutiny of its privacy and competitive practices. The information will enable Google to develop a fuller picture of how people use its growing empire of Web sites. Consumers will have no choice but to accept the changes. The policy will take effect March 1 and will also impact Android mobile phone users, who are required to log in to Google accounts when they activate their phones. The changes comes as Google is facing...
  • Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out

    01/24/2012 3:05:35 PM PST · by Freedom56v2 · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/24/2012 | Cecilia Kang
    Google said Tuesday it will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a radical shift in strategy that is expected to invite greater scrutiny of its privacy and competitive practices. The information will enable Google to develop a fuller picture of how people use its growing empire of Web sites. Consumers will have no choice but to accept the changes. 247 The policy will take effect March 1 and will also impact Android mobile phone users, who are required to log in to Google accounts when they activate their phones....
  • Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops

    01/24/2012 12:06:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 110 replies · 1+ views
    CNET ^ | January 23, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case. Judge Robert Blackburn ordered a Peyton, Colo., woman to decrypt the hard drive of a Toshiba laptop computer no later than February 21--or face the consequences including contempt of court. Blackburn, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Fifth Amendment posed no barrier to his decryption order. The Fifth Amendment says that nobody may be "compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which...
  • Supreme Court Rules that Warrants Needed for GPS Tracking (Scalia writes 4th amendment ruling!)

    01/23/2012 9:47:35 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 99 replies
    DCist ^ | 1/23/12 | Martin Austermuhl
    In a case that stemmed from an investigation by D.C. police and the FBI of a local drug dealer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that police across the country need a warrant if they want to track suspects using GPS monitors. In the ruling, which was written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court found that even though the case involved a GPS unit that was attached to a car that was out in the open, it still constituted a "search" under the language of the Fourth Amendment: It is important to be clear about what occurred in this...
  • AppTech Unveils Much Hyped Mobile Marketing Tool for Android Phones (Age Recognition Has Arrived)

    01/20/2012 10:40:31 AM PST · by mnehring · 2 replies
    AppTech was the buzz of the mobile tech world Thursday as the company rolled out “ReconAge,” a mobile age recognition app for Android-powered devices. The application, which is free and available now for download from the Android Market, recognizes the approximate age of a person by making use of real time face recognition biometric systems online.Pretty nifty, indeed – especially with regard to the mobile marketing implications the app and its underlying technology deliver.“We’re changing the face of mobile marketing. AppTech is uniting brilliant minds around this idea. With the launch of ReconAge, we intend to introduce the usefulness of...
  • Would Privacy and Freedom Sell?

    01/12/2012 11:40:36 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 8 replies
    1.12.12 | Chickensoup
    Would privacy and freedom sell well as products and selling points. For example, cell phones and computers with built in privacy and no ability to be tracked. Cars that have no tracking computers in them. Developments without the constant tracking of cams. Would it sell or would it be seen as a non-starter? Companies that can get your house or propterty off of MAPS I know some Eurpoean countries have demanded MAP privacy for their people, so I think it can be done. But would we want it?
  • 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>
  • Google gets personal, searches your world, not just the Web

    01/10/2012 10:59:43 AM PST · by opentalk · 51 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 10, 2012 | Jessica Guynn
    For Google, it's personal. The Internet search giant is no longer going to roll out the same search results to everyone. Starting Tuesday, Google will pluck only the results most relevant to you --and not just from billions of Web pages but from the personal stuff that you and your connections privately share. The idea, says Google Fellow Amit Singhal, is that Google now searches your world, not just the Web, and serves up results that combine both for your eyes only. "Your world was missing from search until now," he said. "We are bringing your world into search."
  • What Makes America Great?

    01/06/2012 7:21:11 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 9 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 1/1/12 | Noman
    The answer to the question of what makes America great is one upon which reasonable minds can differ. That notwithstanding, Noman imagines that many would answer it with a single word: freedom. What freedom means also varies depending on context, for instance political, moral, or of movement. In the political context, many have found Louis Brandeis's definition of privacy apt: the right to be let alone. Within bounds, we are free to pursue our own lights, make our own ways, and reap what we sow. While others may admonish, they may neither interfere nor impose. Sexual revolutionaries made use of...