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  • Is that service dog a fake? Under federal law, you can’t even ask

    11/01/2017 3:03:57 PM PDT · by familyop · 50 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | NOVEMBER 01, 2017 | MARK DAVIS
    Neither the vest from the accredited training program nor the certificate are required under the ADA. The ADA says anyone can train their dog, or miniature horse, to perform a task that mitigates or helps them with their disability. Professional training is not required. ADA also specifically prohibits cities, merchants and others from requiring proof that a dog is a service dog. It allows, in fact, only two questions. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? What work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Service dog owners may not be asked about the...
  • Why Google is reading your Docs

    11/01/2017 8:53:29 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies
    © Telegraph Media Group Limited 2017 ^ | 11/01/17 | James Titcomb
    Several users of Google's online word processing service, Google Docs, were surprised on Tuesday when their documents were blocked for violating its policies. While Google quickly restored them, blaming a botched update that mistakenly locked users out of the documents, the episode revealed what many people did not realise - Google is monitoring the ostensibly private files stored in Docs. Google Drive's terms of service prohibit spam, violent or hate speech, pornography, the spread of confidential information and so on. They apply only to files that are shared, so those kept to yourself are presumably exempt. A Google spokesman said...
  • Warning over iPhone apps that can silently turn on cameras at any time

    10/26/2017 10:52:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/26/17 | James Titcomb
    Apple has been urged to change the way in which iPhone apps are granted access to the phone's camera after a security researcher demonstrated how apps can secretly record photos and videos without the user knowing. Felix Krause, an Austrian developer who works for Google, built an app that was able to take pictures of its user every second and upload them, without notifying the user. He called it a "privacy loophole that can be abused by iOS apps". When an app wants to access the camera, for example to scan a credit card or take a profile picture during...
  • Looking for Privacy in All the Wrong Places

    10/25/2017 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Like the rising of the sun or the changing of the tides, another opportunity for the GOP to right the wrongs of the post-9/11 security state is here again. In less than three months, Section 702 of the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, which authorizes the National Security Agency’s controversial (and in many instances, unconstitutional) spy programs, is set to expire. The lingering question, however, is whether the GOP is finally ready to close the book on what has been one of the biggest abuses of government power in American history.It is well-known that the GOP has had numerous...
  • New iPhone Facial Recognition

    09/12/2017 11:39:40 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 47 replies
    Self ^ | September 13, 2017 | Reno89519
    The new Apple iPhone X replaces the fingerprint scanner with facial recognition to unlock the phone. If you recall, some courts ruled that forcing you to give up your fingerprint to access your iPhone content was okay and did not require a search warrant. How will they rule about facial recognition and will they even have to?
  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 1:59:33 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 12 replies
    Wash ComPost ^ | June 22, 2013 | Peter Wallsten, Carol D. Leonnig and Alice Crites
    Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators earlier this month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing. The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to discuss the inner workings of the United States’ clandestine terrorism surveillance tribunal, which Bates oversaw from 2006 until earlier this year. FISA court papers show NSA warrantless surveillance rules Classified documents spell out procedures for targeting foreigners and minimizing the collection of data from U.S. persons. Bates had rarely spoken of his sensitive work. He...
  • Did Another Intelligence Director Lie to Wyden About Surveillance?

    06/07/2017 1:03:22 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 9 replies
    Privacy advocates and journalists want to know what Sen. Ron Wyden is up to -- and whether the Oregon Democrat elicited another lie about surveillance from a director of national intelligence during Wednesday's Senate intelligence committee hearing. Wyden asked one of the final questions at the hearing that dealt with the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and with Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which expires later this year if Congress does not act. Wyden, a forceful privacy advocate, asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, with whom he had sparred earlier, a simple standalone...
  • Insurer’s mailing to customers made HIV status visible through envelope window

    08/25/2017 8:21:14 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 30 replies
    Statnews.com ^ | 08/24/2017 | Erin Mershon
    Thousands of people with HIV received mailed letters from Aetna last month that may have disclosed their HIV status on the envelope. The letters, which Aetna said were sent to approximately 12,000 people, were meant to relay a change in pharmacy benefits. Text visible through a small window on the envelopes listed the patients’ names and suggested a change in how they would fill the prescription for their treatment for the virus. “People have been devastated. We’ve had a number of people tell us they had chosen not to disclose their HIV status to family members — but this is...
  • India's top court rules privacy a fundamental right in blow to 'Aadhaar' (National) ID card plan

    08/24/2017 7:32:12 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 6 replies
    france24.com ^ | 8/24/17 | Reuters
    A nine-member bench of India's Supreme Court announced the ruling in a big setback for the Narendra Modi-led government, which argued that privacy was not a fundamental right protected by the constitution.(Emphasis mine) The ruling comes against the backdrop of a large multi-party case against the mandatory use of national identity cards, known as Aadhaar, as an infringement of privacy. There have also been concerns over breaches of data. Critics say the ID cards link enough data to create a comprehensive profile of a person's spending habits, their friends and acquaintances, the property they own and a trove of other...
  • How Google Is Secretly Recording YOU Through Your Mobile, Monitoring Millions Of Conversations

    08/22/2017 9:39:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    The Sun ^ | 08/22/17 | Margi Murphy
    DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room. If you own an Android phone, it's likely that you've used Google's Assistant, which is similar to Apple's Siri. Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google". But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing. In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it...
  • Why Your Face Will Soon Be The Key To All Your Devices

    08/21/2017 4:59:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/20/17 | Christopher Mims
    It was a memorable moment in Pixar’s 2004 classic “The Incredibles,” one that seemed wildly futuristic at the time: Mr. Incredible picks up a wafer-thin tablet computer, and it scans his face to verify his identity before divulging his secret mission. Thirteen years later, many slim phones and tablets unlock with the press of a thumb—and just this sort of mobile facial scanning is on the way. Forget fiddling with passwords or even fingerprints; forget multiple layers of sign-in; forget credit cards and, eventually, even physical keys to our homes and cars. A handful of laptops and mobile devices can...
  • Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

    07/26/2017 10:02:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 24, 2017 | Rhett Jones
    The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy.
  • Question for IT guys, should you turn off images before reading PMs on a political forum?

    07/09/2017 10:48:35 AM PDT · by BestPresidentEver · 9 replies
    Should people turn off images before viewing Personal Messages on political forums? I’ve been reading about how CNN got the real name of the reddit forum user who they think created the wrestling video they felt so threatened by. It seems it involves sending emails with images or web links in them. When either the image is viewed with the rest of the message or when the link is clicked on the sender learns the IP address of the recipient. So if forum software allows images to be sent in PMs then one can include a transparent 1 pixel by...
  • China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces

    06/28/2017 3:16:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 26 June 2017 | Josh Chin and Liza Lin
    In vast social-engineering experiment, facial-recognition systems crunch data from ubiquitous cameras to monitor citizens SHENZHEN—Gan Liping pumped her bike across a busy street, racing to beat a crossing light before it turned red. She didn’t make it. Immediately, her face popped up on two video screens above the street. “Jaywalkers will be captured using facial-recognition technology,” the screens said. Facial-recognition technology, once a specter of dystopian science fiction, is becoming a feature of daily life in China, where authorities are using it on streets, in subway stations, at airports and at border crossings in a vast experiment in social engineering....
  • Regime Intimidates Romney Contributors

    05/11/2012 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Kimberly Strassel is in the Wall Street Journal today with an amazing piece: "Trolling for Dirt on the President's List." Listen to this: "Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent. Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney. "Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, 'Keeping GOP Honest,'...
  • Google Will No Longer Scan Gmail for Ad Targeting

    06/23/2017 5:09:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2017 | DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    Google plans to abandon its longstanding practice of scanning user email in its Gmail service to serve targeted advertising. Google said it does not scan the email of paying corporate customers of its G Suite of services, but it made the policy change — announced in a company blog post on Friday — on its free consumer version to eliminate confusion and create one uniform policy toward Gmail. As it builds its Google Cloud business for selling internet infrastructure and services to corporate customers, Google is trying to ease concerns that it will use data from corporate customers to help...
  • Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

    06/19/2017 1:23:56 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/19/2017 | staff writer
    Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.
  • Privacy Concerns Over DNA Tests That Help Discover Your Roots

    06/17/2017 5:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jun 16, 2017
    For generations, cross-referencing tombstones at the cemetery and vital records was required to unlock your lineage. But now, you can easily uncover some of the mystery of your family tree with DNA. Consumers like Larry Guernsey are giving the service as gifts. "I thought it would be a good Christmas present," Guernsey said. The $99 DNA test uses a saliva sample to trace family history. Here's how one company that provides the service, Ancestry, says it works: "A simple test can reveal an estimate of your ethnic mix… like if you're Irish or Scandinavian, or both." For Guernsey his curiosity...
  • BREAKING: Special Counsel @RobertMueIIer Worked With Law Firm Representing Big Democrat Group

    06/15/2017 2:56:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 77 replies
    GotNews ^ | 6/15/17 | GotNews
    Eric Schmidt, billionaire chair of Alphabet, Inc. the parent company of Google, led a massive fundraising drive in December for leftist analytics firm Civis Analytics, represented by a law firm that partnered with Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller—raising questions about Mueller’s impartiality in his so-called “Russia probe” into President Donald J. Trump’s campaign. In March 2014, WilmerHale announced Mueller would join its firm as a partner. Mueller left his position in May after the DOJ appointed him as a special prosecutor to look into alleged “ties” between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. WilmerHale represented Civis Analytics during a $22...
  • How Electronic Medical Records Exploded In Doctors’ Faces And Politicians Got Off Scot-Free

    06/10/2017 12:36:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 58 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 07 June 2017 | Greg Scandlen
    <p>More than a decade ago the media were excited that Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich had formed an alliance about reforming health care. In 2005 Dana Milbank wrote in gushing terms in the Washington Post about a joint appearance.</p> <p>Of course, they were not alone. President Bush had already embraced the idea in his State of the Union speech to Congress. He envisioned a new era of “improved information technology to prevent medical error and needless costs.”</p>