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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 bushwon · 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...
  • Why is the internet community screaming about SOPA?

    01/02/2012 3:29:05 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 8 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan02,2012 | Libertynotfree
    SOPA is legislation designed to regulate how digital communication is used. SOPA will be voted on this month.
  • DHS Creates Accounts Solely to Monitor Social Networks

    12/28/2011 5:30:57 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 33 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 28, 2011 | OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    An online privacy group is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accusing it of not releasing records from the agency's covert surveillance of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The DHS creates accounts solely to monitor social media sites and establish a system of records of the information gathered. The agency does not post information, seek to connect with other users, accept invitations to connect or interact with others according to a statement on their website. The agency scans social media sites for a list of words that include "dirty bomb," "hostage," "exercise," "task force," "explosion," "lockdown," "riot,"...
  • How the feds are tracking your kid

    12/28/2011 12:50:16 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 1 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/28/11 | EMMETT MCGROARTY & JANE ROBBINS
    Would it bother you to know that the federal Centers for Disease Control had been shown your daughter’s health records to see how she responded to an STD/teen-pregnancy-prevention program? How about if the federal Department of Education and Department of Labor scrutinized your son’s academic performance to see if he should be “encouraged” to leave high school early to learn a trade? Would you think the government was intruding on your territory as a parent? Under regulations the Obama Department of Education released this month, these scenarios could become reality. The department has taken a giant step toward creating a...
  • Rep. Paul says defense bill assures ‘descent into totalitarianism’

    12/27/2011 7:25:47 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 140 replies · 3+ views
    thehill.com/ ^ | 12/26/11 09:25 | Jonathan Easley
    GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul warned that the National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress this month, will accelerate the country’s “slip into tyranny” and virtually assures “our descent into totalitarianism.” “The founders wanted to set a high bar for the government to overcome in order to deprive an individual of life or liberty,” Paul, the libertarian congressman, said Monday in a weekly phone message to supporters. “To lower that bar is to endanger everyone. When the bar is low enough to include political enemies, our descent into totalitarianism is virtually assured. The Patriot Act, as bad as...
  • TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore [read this]

    12/26/2011 3:52:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 77 replies
    LAT ^ | December 20, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    The Transportation Security Administration isn't just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country... The TSA's 25 "viper" teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year. According to budget documents, the department spent $110 million in fiscal 2011 for "surface transportation security," including the TSA's viper program, and is asking...
  • Obama Campaign Collecting GOP Emails

    12/14/2011 10:44:23 AM PST · by In Maryland · 37 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 14, 2011 | Keith Koffler
    The Obama presidential campaign is launching an effort to collect Republican email addresses by inviting its supporters to submit information about their Republican associates to the Obama 2012 website. The effort could help the Obama campaign build a database that would enable it to target Republican voters during the general election campaign. But, more perniciously, it could also become part of an Democratic effort to influence Republican primary voters to select a candidate Democrats think Obama could most easily defeat. The Democratic National Committee last month released a video that seemed designed to damage Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate feared...
  • NTSB Recommends Ban on Driver Cell Phone Use

    12/13/2011 9:44:08 AM PST · by alancarp · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 12/13/2011, 11:53ET | Joan Lowy (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies. The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation followed a finding by the board that the initial collision in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident. The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured. The NTSB's recommendation makes an exception for...
  • Denmark: Charge for cash transactions proposed

    12/07/2011 3:47:35 PM PST · by 4buttons · 5 replies
    Digital payment administrator says consumers need a disincentive to use cash, which they call a costlier payment type than digital alternatives
  • You Have No Privacy

    12/03/2011 7:56:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2011 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    If you are like us, every day you pick up a smartphone and you send email, visit with friends on Facebook, send a text message or even log into your bank's website and pay a bill. These modern day conveniences have become routine. We all believe that our passwords are secure, our data is protected, and life is easier if we don't have to write a check to pay a bill or dig around and find a stamp to send a friend a quick note. But this morning we are no longer sure. The tech world is in a fury,...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Is Losing His War on Privacy

    12/01/2011 12:40:19 PM PST · by Retro Llama · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/10/11 | Adam Clark Estes
    An impending settlement with the Federal Trade Commission will require all new Facebook privacy settings to be opt-in rather than opt-out and sentences the social network to 20 years of scrutiny from government regulators.. The Wall Street Journal broke the news of the deal on Thursday afternoon in advance of the FTC's public announcement: The proposed settlement – which is awaiting final approval from the agency commissioners – would require Facebook to obtain "express affirmative consent" if Facebook makes "material retroactive changes," some of the people said. The agreement would require Facebook to submit to independent privacy audits for 20...
  • After government says it misled users, Facebook pledges to address privacy concerns

    11/30/2011 5:36:29 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-30-11 | ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information. The unflattering portrait of Facebook's privacy practices emerged Tuesday in a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that Facebook exposed details about users' lives without getting legally required consent. In some cases, the FTC charged, Facebook allowed potentially sensitive details to be passed along to advertisers and software developers prowling for customers. To avoid further legal wrangling, Facebook agreed to submit to government audits of its privacy...
  • Has FaceBook gotten into my email addresses?

    11/27/2011 2:23:01 PM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 48 replies
    FaceBook keeps suggesting I 'friend' someone whose only connection to me is that I have emailed him a couple times. How else would they know I even know this individual.
  • Ron Paul Says His Republican Rivals Want Bigger Government

    11/24/2011 12:51:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 85 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2011-11-24 | Hiram Reisner
    Presidential hopeful Ron Paul says his rivals’ militant stances on “the defense of liberty” would make it difficult for him to support any of them for president should he not get the Republican nomination, because their positions would lead to bigger government. But the Texas congressman also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Wednesday that despite these concerns, he probably would not run as a third-party candidate. “I would have trouble with what I heard last night because it is almost opposite of the defense of liberty that I’m talking about,” Paul told Cavuto, referring to Tuesday night’s presidential debate. “I...
  • MN Supreme Court Says State of Minnesota in Violation of MN Genetic Privacy Law

    11/17/2011 1:28:16 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    Citizens' Council for Health Freedom PDF file ^ | November 16, 2011 | twila brase
    The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the Minnesota Department of Health is violating the Minnesota Genetic Privacy Law with its storage, use and dissemination of newborn screening test results and newborn DNA.
  • Drone Gives Texas Law Enforcement Bird's-Eye View on Crime

    11/17/2011 4:01:12 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 16, 2011 | Kris Gutiérrez
    The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is weeks away from launching an unmanned aerial asset to help deputies fight crime. The ShadowHawk helicopter is six-feet long, weighs fifty pounds and fits in the back of an SUV. “We can put it over a fire, put it over ahazmat spill, put it over a house with a suspect barricaded inside and literally give the incident commander the ability to look at the entire scene with a bird’s eye view, ” Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel said. Sheriff’s deputies will fly the ShadowHawk with nothing more than a laptop computer and a remote control...
  • How websites use your browser to sell you for cash

    11/01/2011 10:27:26 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 1 November 2011 | Trevor Pott
    Part 1 It has been a year since I have talked about securing browsers against privacy invasion. In that time, things have got worse, not better. In addition to the threat of malware and malicious scripts, we have the frightening new evercookie. Leaving the criminal misuse of tracking for a later date, there is plenty to worry about from the use – and misuse – of our personal data by legitimate organisations. Advertisers are getting aggressive, and the techniques in use require a stalwart defence if we hope to retain our privacy. Hello Mr Yakamoto and welcome back to the...
  • “Big Brother is Listening To Phone Calls And Reading Text Messages”&#8207;

    10/28/2011 6:02:49 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 23 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 10-28-11 | J.D. Longstreet
    On November 9th, 2011 Americans will get an up close and personal demonstration of the new powers the US government has given itself over America’s broadcast services. There will be a complete take over of the nation’s air waves, both television and radio – plus — cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers. The power to do this is now in the hands of the President. Only he has the authority to do this. On November 9th there will be a test of how effectively the system will...
  • Federal gov. website ‘glitch’ compromised college students’ social security numbers

    10/25/2011 11:24:31 AM PDT · by martosko · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/2011 | Lauren Chooljian
    Private financial information belonging to as many as 5,000 college students was open for viewing on a federal government student loan website in recent weeks, according to a senior Department of Education staff member. James Runcie, the Obama administration’s Chief Operation Officer of Federal Student Aid at the Department of Education, said during a congressional hearing Tuesday that a “computer glitch” during the month of October allowed users who logged in to the website saw other students’ information — including social security numbers — instead of their own. The website, he said, was affected for approximately six or seven minutes....
  • 24 year old student lights match: Europe versus Facebook[Privacy]

    10/19/2011 8:39:12 PM PDT · by FritzG · 7 replies
    Kim Cameron’s Identity Weblog ^ | 13 Oct 2011 | Kim Cameron
    If you are interested in social networks, don’t miss the slick video about Max Schrems’ David and Goliath struggle with Facebook over the way they are treating his personal information.  Click on the red “CC” in the lower right-hand corner to see the English subtitles.Max is a 24 year old law student from Vienna with a flair for the interview and plenty of smarts about both technology and legal issues.  In Europe there is a requirement that entities with data about individuals make it available to them if they request it.  That’s how Max ended up with a personalized CD from Facebook that he printed out on a...
  • FBI-Sponsored Backdoors

    10/13/2011 4:22:19 PM PDT · by FritzG · 13 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 07 Oct 2011 | Bruce Schneier
    From a review of Susan Landau's Surveillance or Security?: To catch up with the new technologies of malfeasance, FBI director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley last November to persuade technology companies to build "backdoors" into their products. If Mueller’s wish were granted, the FBI would gain undetected real-time access to suspects’ Skype calls, Facebook chats, and other online communications­and in "clear text," the industry lingo for unencrypted data. Backdoors, in other words, would make the Internet -- and especially its burgeoning social media sector -- "wiretappable." This is one of the cyber threats I talked about last week: insecurities...
  • Get Big Brother out of my medical records

    10/07/2011 1:55:11 PM PDT · by rzman21 · 8 replies
    Conservative Home USA ^ | 10/7/2011 | Conservative Home USA
    Get Big Brother out of my medical records John Rossomando Follow John on Twitter According to Kansas GOP Congressman Tim Heulskamp, Big Brother could be peering into your health records and finding out everything about you – including things you would rather keep private. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, he says, wants a national database where every American’s health records could be warehoused, for states to have their own databases, and for federal bureaucrats to have access to these records. But this sets off the specter of political mischief using your most sensitive personal information. We’ve seen things like this done...
  • Get Big Brother out of my medical records

    10/07/2011 1:54:59 PM PDT · by rzman21
    Conservative Home USA ^ | 10/7/2011 | Conservative Home USA
    Get Big Brother out of my medical records John Rossomando Follow John on Twitter According to Kansas GOP Congressman Tim Heulskamp, Big Brother could be peering into your health records and finding out everything about you – including things you would rather keep private. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, he says, wants a national database where every American’s health records could be warehoused, for states to have their own databases, and for federal bureaucrats to have access to these records. But this sets off the specter of political mischief using your most sensitive personal information. We’ve seen things like this done...
  • law enforcement officers investigated over improper accessing of individual's driver data

    10/04/2011 5:37:12 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-4-11 | Brady Gervais and Elizabeth Mohr
    If abuse is found, it's up to the individual agency to take action, Skoogman said. If it's serious enough, the agency could contact the city attorney for possible charges. The department could also revoke access privileges. About 26,000 people in Minnesota have access to DVS records because of their profession, Skoogman said. About half of them are in law enforcement. DPS audits the DVS database monthly and monitors it regularly, Skoogman said. If patterns of potential misuse are found, DPS contacts the individual agency.
  • Only Barack Obama would bring a SWAT team with him to the gym

    09/30/2011 6:20:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-30-11 | By Celia Walden
    No one is allowed near US President Barack Obama when he visits a downtown Los Angeles gym for a workout. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Go on – who is it?” I asked the workmen stapling thick black plastic over the windows of the hotel gym to which I belong. In a town where, on any given day, you can find yourself on the treadmill beside Woody Allen (in brogues), Kenneth Branagh doing lunges or Mike Tyson grunting his way through a set of bench presses, who is important enough to demand total privacy for their workout? A stroll down the street told me...
  • Facebook tracking prompts calls for FTC investigation (tracks you even when logged off)

    09/30/2011 5:20:57 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/29/11 | Dina ElBoghdady and Hayley Tsukayama
    Facebook’s use of software that enables it to track users’ online activity after they log off of the social-networking site came under scrutiny in Washington this week, with lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups demanding a federal investigation. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) wrote that Facebook’s use of “cookie” software should be investigated under the “unfair and deceptive acts” clause of the agency’s mandate. “When people log out of Facebook, they are under the expectation that Facebook is no longer monitoring their activities,” wrote the congressmen, who chair the...
  • Facebook Crawled my Computer??

    09/30/2011 5:12:55 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 65 replies
    09.30.11 | chickensoup
    This morning I opened my Facebook page, checked on the kids and closed it. When I opened my page, I was stunned to see a friend suggestion that was a woman who I email occasionally for business purposes. We had no connecting people displayed. The only way the FB could have linked her to me is through my email list which is in outlook. It looks like they crawled or downloaded my email addresses. I understand that it is a service they provide, but it is never one that I have accepted, because it is creepy. Is there a way...
  • Illinois Eavesdropping Act Shields Public Officials From Public Scrutiny

    09/28/2011 8:07:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2011 | Jacob Sullum
    On Jan. 13, 2009, Michael Allison brought a digital recorder to the Crawford County Courthouse in Robinson, Ill., where he was contesting a citation, because he had been told there would be no official transcript of the proceedings. He was immediately confronted by Judge Kimbara Harrell, who accused him of violating her privacy and charged him with eavesdropping, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Because Allison had recorded conversations about his legal situation with police and other local officials, he soon faced four more eavesdropping charges, raising his possible sentence to 75 years. The case against...
  • Police: Man drops crack from pants, eats it in front of officers

    08/30/2011 3:10:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    wtsp.com ^ | 27 Aug 2011 | by CBS News
    Police in Salisbury say a driver who was stopped for having tinted windows ended the night with drug charges after they saw crack fall from his pants and watched him eat it in front of them. According to police, Salisbury's Police Interdiction Team stopped the vehicle of 31-year-old Kenneth Dwayne Swann Thursday night along Green Street at the dead end. Officer's say Swann was pullled over for having tinted windows in his vehicle, but when he stepped out of the car, officers noticed him walked stiffly. Thats when police say a small bag of crack cocaine fell out of his...
  • Phone Numbers of All Now on Facebook

    08/11/2011 9:47:12 AM PDT · by Windflier · 71 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11 August 2011 | Windflier
    WARNING to everyone: PHONE NUMBERS OF ALL are now on Facebook - including cell phone numbers! No joke - go to the top right of the screen, click on Account, then click on Edit Friends, go left on the screen and click on Contacts. All phone numbers are published. Please report this on your Status, so your friends can remove their numbers and thus prevent abuse.
  • Facebook’s Privacy Issues Are Even Deeper Than We Knew

    08/08/2011 6:55:41 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 8, 2011 | Chunka Mui
    Questions about what social networks mean for personal privacy and security have been brought to a head by research at Carnegie Mellon University that shows that Facebook has essentially become a worldwide photo identification database. Paired with related research, we’re looking at the prospect where good, bad and ugly actors will be able identify a face in a crowd and know sensitive personal information about that person.