Posts Tagged: privacy

links for 2010-02-05

On Language – Crash Blossoms – NYTimes.com Classic headline screw ups – “Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim” and “Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge.” (tags: writing headlines nytimes humor language) This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post – Coyote Crossing This sentence claims that there are many people who do not agree

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links for 2008-02-07

FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping – CNN.com Note this is not for criminals – they want this for EVERYONE. Guess what FBI? Fuck you. (tags: datamining privacy surveillance policestate) Officials plan streetcar comeback Fun. This is interesting (tags: Indianapolis local traffic travel)

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links for 2008-01-17

The Raw Story | US drafting plan to allow government access to any email or Web search (tags: freedom privacy surveillance spying government) Drug-resistant staph found to be passed in gay sex | Health | Reuters (tags: health news lgbt science) S.F. General researchers follow strain of drug-resistant bacteria (tags: health science news lgbt) 15

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Spychips by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre

Recent reading: Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) “tags” are small wireless devices that emit unique identifiers when interrogated by RFID readers or sensors. Today, both government and the private

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links for 2007-10-27

myartspace>blog: Art Space Opinions: Kirsten Anderson on Pop Surrealism (tags: art popculture artist) Terror watch list swells to more than 755,000 – USATODAY.com Gee, that’s got to be effective. Way to protect the country there. Losers. (tags: surveillance terrorism privacy rights) Indy CrimeWatch Yeah, I just volunteered to be our block captain. (tags: crime local

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Two Girls Kissing in School Videotaped, leads to school transfer

From a local Washington state news report: GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Restrictions on the use of school security videotape have been tightened after images of two high school students kissing were shown to the parents of one of the girls, officials say. Keith Nelson, dean of students at Gig Harbor High School, said he saw

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A Federal Prescription Drug Database?

In some of the Virginia Tech news coverage, this caught a few people’s eye: Some news accounts have suggested that Cho had a history of antidepressant use, but senior federal officials tell ABC News that they can find no record of such medication in the government’s files. This does not completely rule out prescription drug

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What flavor of crack do you think these guys are smoking?

From an article on BBC News: Air passengers ‘could be tagged’ Electronically tagging passengers at airports could help the fight against terrorism, scientists have said. The prototype technology is to be tested at an airport in Hungary, and could, if successful, become a reality “in two years”. The work is being carried out at a

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Bad Identity Data Follows You Around

Boing Boing details an example of the kind of personal data mining problems I discussed in my review of No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society. One of their readers explains his problem: What, precisely, did it turn up? Ah, the woman could not tell me that, because she herself

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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society By Robert O’Harrow, Jr. NON-FICTION – Washington Post reporter Robert O’Harrow, Jr. delves into the world of data-collection and surveillance, and puts together a frightening and disheartening portrait of who is gathering personal information about you and why. I started to compile a

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Information Awareness Office (IAO)

Information Awareness Office (IAO): A project of the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The IAO is responsible for a controversial project at the Pentagon called Total Information Awareness, run by former Reagan aide and convicted criminal John Poindexter. Total Information Awareness is a master database of corporate databases, collecting information on anyone and

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government “Big Brother” database

Great — our government is using the new Homeland Security measures to build a “Big Brother” database to track what you purchase. Geek News: Pentagon confirms development of “Big Brother” test database The Pentagon confirmed the development of a prototype database to track consumer and business transactions under an initiative called the Total Information Awareness

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FBI and customer discount cards

According to Fox News: Store Customer Cards a Source for FBI? So you have a secret craving for Little Debbie peanut butter bars and a penchant for Kendall-Jackson merlot? While that customer loyalty card at the supermarket might perceivably save you a few pennies at the checkout counter, your buying habits could end up in

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Spy on your neighbors for the Federal Government

Okay, check out this unbelieveable shit… you can sign up to spy on your neighbors for the Federal Government. “Operation TIPS will be a national system for reporting suspicious, and potentially terrorist-related activity. The program will involve the millions of American workers who, in the daily course of their work, are in a unique position

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