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  • Facebook offers solution to end drunken posts

    12/11/2014 3:01:56 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 24 replies
    bbc ^ | 11 December 2014
    Facebook is working on software that could prevent users posting unflattering photos of themselves. Combining image recognition and artificial intelligence, the system would be able to distinguish between drunk and sober pictures. It would ask: "Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?" The plan was revealed by the head of Facebook's artificial intelligence research lab. Speaking to Wired magazine, Yann LeCun said he wanted to build a Facebook digital assistant. In the future, this assistant might also be able to help identify when someone else has uploaded a picture of a user without permission,...
  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 115 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it can’t bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • Human Rights Organizations Launch Free Tool To Detect Surveillance Software

    11/20/2014 5:54:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERA
    More and more, governments are using powerful spying software to target human rights activists and journalists, often the forgotten victims of cyberwar. Now, these victims have a new tool to protect themselves. Called Detekt, it scans a person's computer for traces of surveillance software, or spyware. A coalition of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Detekt on Wednesday, with the goal of equipping activists and journalists with a free tool to discover if they've been hacked. "Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry...
  • London Police chief Hogan-Howe: Internet is a haven for murderers, jihadis and paedophiles

    11/06/2014 6:59:03 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    London's police chief today warns society against letting parts of the  internet become a “dark and ungoverned” space populated by paedophiles, murderers and terrorists. In a call for action, Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says encryption on computers and mobile phones is frustrating police investigations, meaning parts of the web are becoming “anarchic places”. He was telling a New York law enforcement conference: “We can’t allow parts of the internet, or any communications platform, to become dark, ungoverned space where images of child abuse are exchanged, murders are planned and terrorist plots are progressed. “In a democracy we cannot accept...
  • Facebook data mining for political views

    10/31/2014 11:02:58 AM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/30/2014 | Hadas Gold
    Facebook is mining its data of users' posts to find out how users feel about certain candidates or issues and sharing that data with ABC News and BuzzFeed for use in their 2016 reporting, the social-networking site will announce on Friday. The data will be gathered from the posts of Facebook users in the United States 18 and older, classifying sentiments about a politician or issue as positive, negative or neutral. The data can also be broken down into sentiments by gender and location, making it possible to see how Facebook users in the key primary states of Iowa or...
  • Government sues Honeywell over employee wellness program

    10/29/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-29-14 | Dee Depass
    Federal officials are challenging new benefit rules at Honeywell Inc. that create monetary penalties unless employees and spouses take medical tests. A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to complaints from two Minnesota employees sets up a potential court case over how far employers can go to shift health costs and influence worker behavior. The agency said in the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, that new health screening and penalties at Honeywell violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. “Employees will be penalized if they or their...
  • 75-Year-Old Man Who Told Airport Security “I am not Muslim am I?” Escapes 6 Months in Jail ( UK )

    10/28/2014 7:29:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 27, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Clearly the UK is still a moderate Muslim country. He wasn’t beheaded, was he? (Note: this joke may be illegal in the United Kingdom. If you read it and chuckled, report immediately to the nearest police department that is busy ignoring Muslim sexual abuse of girls.) .... In a free country, eyes would have rolled and the queue would have marched on. But in the West offending Muslims is more vigorously prosecuted than actual Muslim terror. ... The court knew that they didn’t have enough material to work with so they played a waiting game and blinked. This time Big...
  • Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer

    10/27/2014 6:39:08 AM PDT · by detective · 125 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 27, 2014 | Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding
    A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer. In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.
  • Elon Musk: 'We are summoning the demon' with artificial intelligence

    10/27/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    cnet.com ^ | October 26, 2014 10:09 AM PDT | Eric Mack
    "You know all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he's like... yeah, he's sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn't work out." This has become a recurring theme in Musk's public comments, and each time he warns of the AI bogeyman it seems even more dire. In June, Musk raised the specter of the "Terminator" franchise, saying that he invests in companies working on artificial intelligence just to be able to keep an eye on the technology. In August, he reiterated his concerns in a tweet, writing that AI is...
  • Parent says school assignment to take inventory of medicine cabinet invaded privacy

    10/25/2014 8:30:24 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    http://fox13now.com ^ | october 23, 2014 | max roth
    Students at a Mapleton Junior High School in Utah County were asked to take inventory of the things inside their family medicine cabinet and then turn that list into their health teacher. A parent, Onika Nugent, was not pleased with the assignment, so she posted the assignment on Facebook and sent a note to the teacher and the principal. She shared a portion of the letter she sent school officials: “I said, ‘Although it may be a good idea for parents to do an inventory of their medicine cabinet, I believe it is inappropriate for students to counsel their parents,...
  • LAWMAKERS SKEPTICAL OF FBI’S PUSH FOR ENCRYPTION BACK DOORS

    10/20/2014 11:39:03 AM PDT · by e-gadfly · 6 replies
    NextGov ^ | 2014-10-17 | Brendan Sasso
    Tech companies like Apple and Google want to make the data customers carry on their smartphones and computers more secure, safe from the prying eyes of spies and identity thieves alike. But law-enforcement officials--from the FBI to local police--see those same devices as treasure troves of evidence.... "I'd be surprised if more than a handful of members would support the idea of backdooring Americans' personal property," Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and vocal privacy advocate, said.... And a House Democratic aide said that staffers have been in touch with the FBI on the issue but that Congress is unlikely...
  • FBI Head: Apple, Google Encryption Leads to 'Dark Place'

    10/17/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT · by e-gadfly · 22 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | 2014-10-16 | Paul Wagenseil
    FBI Director James Comey gave a strong speech today (Oct. 16) explaining why law enforcement should have access to data on encrypted smartphones. But he failed to cite any examples in which such law-enforcement access could have made the difference between life and death.... The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) of 1994 mandates that telecommunications companies must give police the ability to listen in on telephone conversations. CALEA covers landlines and cellular carriers, and was expanded in 2004 to cover Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and broadband Internet service providers. For the past few years, the FBI...
  • The Politics of Envy and Victimhood

    10/12/2014 3:28:14 PM PDT · by camarobob
    RedState ^ | Robert Lane
    By stoking these politics of envy and victimhood, it’s the politicians, at home and abroad, who grow powerful and wealthy. The disenfranchised languish as political pawns, never hearing the truth that life is about making correct personal choices in an imperfect world.The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the United States to do more by a lopsided margin of 51-17 percent. Over the past six months, the movement has been dramatic: Now the two groups are about evenly divided. And two-thirds of...
  • Court Says the Gov't Can Impersonate You on Social Media — and There’s Not Much You Can Do About It

    10/08/2014 3:29:20 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct. 7, 2014
    Federal Court Says the Government Can Impersonate You on Social Media — and There’s Not Much You Can Do About It Imagine finding out you have a Facebook page that you didn’t actually create. It has your name, your private photos and all of your personal information — none of which you posted. That’s the discovery New York resident Sondra Prince made. Prince, formerly Sondra Arquiett, alleges that after she was arrested on drug charges in 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used the photos on her confiscated cellphone to create Facebook profile in her name and without her consent....
  • Facebook Promises a Deeper Review of Its User Research

    10/02/2014 12:25:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-2-2014 | VINDU GOEL
    Facebook said Thursday that future research on its 1.3 billion users would be subjected to greater internal scrutiny from top managers, especially if they focused on “deeply personal topics” or specific groups of people. But no outside body will review Facebook’s research projects, and the company declined to disclose what guidelines it would use to decide whether research was appropriate. Nor did it indicate whether it will get consent from users for projects like its emotion manipulation study, which set off a global furor when it was disclosed this summer. In essence, Facebook’s message is the same as it has...
  • Chicago Police Chief: iPhone the ‘Phone of Choice for the Pedophile’

    10/01/2014 5:01:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    mediaite ^ | 9-26-14 | Josh Feldman
    The information leaked by Edward Snowden last year raised the public consciousness quite a bit about user privacy and security in using certain services (not to mention the hope that companies won’t be that willing to acquiesce to government requests for user information). In recent weeks, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been emphasizing a new focus on user security and encryption. Both Apple and Google have implemented stronger data encryption so it’s harder to compromise user data. The problem is, however, that it would be harder for law enforcement to access that data too. And FBI Director James Comey isn’t...
  • Microsoft’s Asimov System to Monitor Users’ Windows 9 Devices in Real-time

    09/30/2014 7:33:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Windows 9 Hub ^ | 9-30-2014 | RaduTyrsina
    According to a recent article in Zdnet, Microsoft will monitor users in the new Windows 9 Operating System in order to determine how the new OS is used, thus decide what tweaks and changes are need to be made. During Windows 8 testing, Microsoft said that they had data showing Start Menu usage had dropped, but it seems that the tools they were using at the time weren’t as evolved as the new ‘Asimov’ monitor. The new system is codenamed ‘Asimov’ and will provide a near real-time view of what is happening on users’ machines. Rest assured, the data is...
  • Wristbands to track Florida students’ weight, activity

    09/29/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | Sep 29, 2014 | Victor Skinner
    John Hopkins Medicine researchers will track the physical activities and daily diet of 50 overweight freshman from Lakewood High School as part of a pilot project using Fitbit – an electronic wristband that records activity and sleep patterns. The effort, funded by a $100,000 grant from insurer Florida Blue, is focused more on teaching healthy habits than weight loss, and is expected to be one of the first studies involving adolescence and wearable heath-related technology, Reuters reports. Researchers told the news service the pilot project eliminates the need to bring students in to the doctor’s office, and they’re hoping to...
  • FBI chief: Apple, Google phone encryption perilous [Whine alert]

    09/25/2014 6:27:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 9/25/2014 | KEN DILANIAN
    The FBI director on Thursday criticized the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order. James Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters that U.S. officials are in talks with the two companies, which he accused of marketing products that would let people put themselves beyond the law's reach. Comey cited child-kidnapping and terrorism cases as two examples of situations where quick access by authorities to information on cellphones can save lives. Comey did not cite specific past cases that would have been more difficult for the...
  • Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car

    09/24/2014 7:15:32 PM PDT · by blam · 79 replies
    DealBook/NYT ^ | 9-24-2014 | Michael Corkery and Jessica Silver-Greenberg
    Michael Corkery and Jessica Silver-Greenberg September 24, 2014 The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start. The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender. Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to...
  • Seattle OKs $1 fine for adding too much food to garbage bins

    09/23/2014 1:02:29 PM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/22/2014 | Daniel Beekman
    The Seattle City Council passed a new ordinance Monday that could mean $1 fines for people who toss too many table scraps into the trash. Under current Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) rules, people living in single-family homes are encouraged but not required to dispose of food waste and compostable paper products in compost bins. Apartment buildings must have compost bins available, but residents of apartment buildings aren’t required to use them. And businesses aren’t subject to any composting requirements. Under the new rules, collectors can take a cursory look each time they dump trash into a garbage truck. If they...
  • Feds funding efforts to create single Internet password

    09/20/2014 5:40:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/20/2014 | Sean Higgins
    The Commerce Department has been handing out grants to fund a way for Americans to use a single password anytime they shop, bank, pay bills or engage in any other online activity that requires logging in and verifying identity.In effect, President Obama’s administration is trying to bring an end to Americans having different passwords for each online account. Almost $3 million in grants were given out for the project this week through the department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, as part of its National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace project."The grants announced will help spur development of new...
  • CIA Director John Brennan Refuses To Tell Congress Who Authorized Senate Spying

    09/17/2014 6:56:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    The CIA’s ongoing defiance of congressional authority continued during a closed-door meeting last week after Director John Brennan refused to tell lawmakers who authorized the illegal surveillance of Senate Intelligence Committee computers, which were used to compile a report on the agency’s interrogation practices.
  • Yahoo describes surveillance fight (PRISM - US Gov threatens $250K/day fine)

    09/11/2014 5:05:25 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional. The outlines of Yahoo’s secret and ultimately unsuccessful court fight against government surveillance emerged when a federal judge ordered the unsealing of some material about Yahoo’s court challenge. ...
  • Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US

    09/04/2014 4:58:02 AM PDT · by wtd · 27 replies
    business insider ^ | Sept. 3, 2014 | Jack Dutton
    Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science. Rather than offering you cellphone service, the [fake] towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts. [snip] Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.
  • Census Taker Visit: My Blood is Boiling

    09/03/2014 6:05:13 PM PDT · by ROCKLOBSTER · 192 replies
    Self | 09/03/4 | ROCKLOBSTER
    It was just about dark, I was at the kitchen table when the dog barked, headlights were coming up my driveway. I went outside to see who it was...he was a stranger. He announced that he was from the Census Bureau and wondered if this was a good time for a 40 minute interview. He proceeded to tell me all about the Census, how it established demographical statistics and how I was required by law to answer the questions. I told him two people live here and we are American Citizens, and that I would tell him nothing more. He...
  • GM Will Make Cars With Motion Sensors to Keep Your Eyes on the Road

    09/02/2014 10:53:15 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies
    TimeCom ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Dan Kedmey
    Eye and head tracking sensors will make it harder to text while driving General Motors is reportedly installing sensors in its next generation of cars that will detect drivers’ eye and head motions and alert drivers to prolonged moments of distraction...
  • Maryland Teacher Placed on Leave for Authoring Fictional Book on Mass School Shooting

    09/02/2014 8:41:40 AM PDT · by heartwood · 31 replies
    News One ^ | Sept 1, 2014 | News One staff
    Patrick Mclaw, 23, an eighth grade language arts teacher at Maryland's Mace Lane Middle School, has been placed on leave after authoring "The Insurrectionist," a fictional book that chronicles "the largest school massacre in history."
  • Tacoma Police Using StingRay to gather cell phone data - without warrants

    08/27/2014 3:37:04 PM PDT · by Bobka · 21 replies
    The Tacoma News Tribune ^ | August 26, 2014 | Kate Martin
    The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away. You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone. Police Chief Don Ramsdell, through a spokeswoman, declined an interview request to talk about the police department’s apparent purchase of a Stingray device and associated technology. The department cited a nondisclosure agreement it has with...
  • Destroying Privacy News: DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

    08/27/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 33 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when.
  • Mistaken identity in background checks can cost applicants job offers (video)

    08/23/2014 4:37:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    pbs newshour ^ | 8-23-2014 | MEGAN THOMPSON
    MEGAN THOMPSON: Great news for the divorced 58-year-old father and professional driver who needed the extra money to help pay child support. Jones filled out the paperwork, submitted a drug test and waited to hear when he could start. Instead, he got a different kind of call. KEVIN JONES: And Human Resources said, “There’s a problem with your background check.” And I said, “What problem?” “Yeah, there’s some criminal stuff going on. You need to talk to them.” MEGAN THOMPSON: It turned out the background check – conducted by a company now called Sterling BackCheck – showed convictions for drunk...
  • Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer

    08/05/2014 10:18:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 58 replies
    W I R E D ^ | 08.05.14 6:30 am | Kevin Poulsen
    Apparently, the feebs have been using malware and the TOR network to snoop on quite a bit more information than one might have suspected. Use the following link here for more info: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/operation_torpedo/
  • The No-Fly List Has Grown Tenfold Since Obama Took Office

    08/05/2014 11:32:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | 8-5-14 | DUSTIN VOLZ
    President Obama has presided over a massive increase in the size and scope of the country's "no-fly" list, which bars individuals suspected of having terrorist ties from flying on airlines. Forty-seven thousand people were on the no-fly list in 2013, marking an all-time high that dwarfs the amount ever included during George W. Bush's presidency, according to an analysis of newly released classified documents published Tuesday by The Intercept. In addition, a "selectee list" used to pull out travelers for heightened scrutiny at airports and border crossings has grown larger than 16,000 people, including 1,200 Americans. The classified documents also...
  • Sen. Cruz co-sponsors bill to ban bulk record collection

    07/29/2014 2:12:30 PM PDT · by Plummz · 12 replies
    Office of Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | July 29, 2014 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz
    Bi-partisan legislation protects privacy rights while targeting terrorists July 29, 2014 | (202) 228-7561 WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 filed today. Senator Cruz is an original co-sponsor of this bill: “Republicans and Democrats are showing America that the government can respect the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens, while at the same time, giving law enforcement the tools needed to target terrorists,” said Sen. Cruz. “The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 ends the government’s bulk record collection program and implements other necessary surveillance reforms. Importantly, it...
  • LA Students Undergo ‘Baseline’ Tests To Measure Concussion Effects

    07/22/2014 11:22:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 22, 2014 5:15 PM
    PICO UNION DISTRICT (CBSLA.com) — As concerns grow over brain injuries in teenagers and their relation to team sports, a landmark program aims to increase sport safety. About 1,200 students at Loyola High School, including non-athlete students, are being given a series of tests, known as baseline concussion tests, designed to measure brain function. The tests involve number tracking, memory and balance. “We just decided that it would be better off to have all of our students have a baseline, so that if they should ever have a concussion, we’ll have something to work with,” head athletic trainer Tim Moscicki...
  • The rise of data and the death of politics

    07/21/2014 7:06:12 AM PDT · by scouter · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/19/2014 | Evgeny Morozov
    Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But if technology provides the answers to society's problems, what happens to governments?... Compared with the impressive police gear of today – automatic number plate recognition, CCTV cameras, GPS trackers – Operation Corral looks quaint. And the possibilities for control will only expand. European officials have considered requiring all cars entering the European market to feature a built-in mechanism that allows the police to stop vehicles remotely. Speaking earlier this year, Jim Farley, a senior Ford executive, acknowledged that "we know everyone who breaks...
  • Hillary Clinton Praises GOP Establishment, Big Business For Taking On Tea Party

    07/18/2014 2:22:23 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Hillary Clinton thanked the Republican establishment and its big business allies for taking on the Tea Party and defeating conservative candidates like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's June runoff.
  • IRS Sharing Personal Income Tax Information with the Census Bureau

    07/18/2014 4:21:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/18/2014 | Kenneth H. Ryesky
    There are many compelling reasons to engage in genealogical and family history research, whether for personal curiosity or for establishing one's legal status and rights.  One useful resource in such research is the United States Census.  The decennial enumerations of each household are embargoed for 72 years, and their release to the public is invariably greeted with avid popularity. Interesting census information from the past has included place of birth, occupation, naturalization status and date for immigrants, and native language.  But now, the census is about to get a little more interesting. In order to design more efficient procedures for...
  • Russia Will Likely Extend Snowden’s Asylum Because ‘His Life Is Endangered

    07/13/2014 12:57:40 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller via Yahoo! ^ | Jul 11, 2014 5:50 PM
    Russia is expected to renew former National Security Agency contractor and leaker Edward Snowden’s request for extended asylum because ”his life is endangered,” according to a Russian government official. “I see no problem in prolonging the temporary asylum,” Vladimir Volokh, head of an advisory body to Russia’s Federal Migration Service told the Interfax news agency Friday, according to Reuters. ”The circumstances have not changed. As before, Snowden’s life is endangered so the FMS has grounds to extend his status.” Snowden was granted one year of asylum on Aug. 1, 2013 after leaking a cache of classified NSA intelligence documents to reporters, flying out of...
  • HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations [Thanks, Øbamacare]

    07/08/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Informationweek ^ | 7/8/2014 | Alison Diana
    Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The number of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation complaints received by the Department of Health and Human Services spiraled upward in 2013. Complaints are on a similar high-speed trajectory for 2014, according to analysis by TrueVault. "The number of complaints through May 2014 is up 20.6% over the number received through May in 2013, so we believe that we will continue to see complaints surge through 2014," Morgan Brown, vice president of growth at TrueVault, said...
  • Secret code indicates NSA tracks privacy tool users

    07/04/2014 4:55:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Computer World ^ | 7/4/2014 | Jeremy Kirk
    A NSA spying tool is configured to snoop on an array of privacy programs used by journalists and dissidents, according to an analysis of never-before-seen code leaked by an unknown source.The code, published as part of investigation by two German broadcasters on Thursday, contains tracking specifications for XKeyScore, a powerful NSA program that collects and sorts intercepted data.XKeyScore came to light in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, but some observers believe the latest information -- which adds greater detail on how the agency monitors people trying to protect their privacy online -- may have not come from...
  • 'I Wouldn't Smoke or Drink if it Was a Girl' Josie Cunningham Risks Unborn Boy's Health

    06/29/2014 6:21:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 29th June 2014 | Nicole Morley
    SHAMELESS sponger Josie Cunningham has admitted she smoked through her pregnancy because her unborn baby isn't the gender that she'd prefer.The glamour model, who had her boob op funded by the taxpayer, said she lit up a ciggie after learning her child was a boy. Despite being fully aware of the harmful side effects that nicotine can have on a vulnerable foetus, Josie has been puffing on 20 fags a day. Ms Cunningham became notorious after publicly announcing she'd have an abortion if it granted her access to the Big Brother house. After an angry outcry from critics, the 23-year-old...
  • Fears Banksy Cheltenham 'spies' artwork will be removed

    06/26/2014 6:25:59 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    The Beeb ^ | 26 June 2014 | Scott Ellis
    There are fears that a piece of artwork in Cheltenham by the street artist Banksy is to be removed. "Spy Booth", depicting three spies "snooping" on a telephone box appeared on a house in Hewlett Road in April. On Wednesday, a specialist firm - used to remove a piece by the artist in North London - erected scaffolding around the work. The borough council said it "believes" the owner had arranged it due to the "condition of the render". But local street artist Dice67 said there was "no way" the scaffolding was there "to do any work on the walls"....
  • The government plans to track our kids into adulthood

    06/23/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT · by grayhog · 6 replies
    New Canaan Advertiser ^ | 6/20/2014 | Maria Naughton
    Today’s educational reform movement ignores the valued American ideals related to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Without fully engaging the American people, the federal government, through the Race to the Top program, coerced states to accept significant changes of which every parent should be aware: the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, expansive high-stakes testing, and unprecedented data-gathering and sharing. As a result, students’ personal freedoms are being violated, and the rights of parents are being infringed. The very creation and adoption of the standards took place in a secretive, non-democratic, and non-representative fashion, so much so...
  • IRS commissioner: You know, e-mail isn’t necessarily an “official record”

    06/20/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 74 replies
    Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will testify this morning at the Ways and Means Committee, as well as on Monday at Oversight, on why he testified in March that the records would be retrievable, only to change course last Friday. Koskinen offered up his opening statement in writing, in part to suggest that e-mail should not be considered an “official record” anyway: In discussing document retention at the IRS, it is important to point out that our email system is not being used as an electronic record keeping system. Furthermore, it should be remembered that not all emails on IRS...
  • Senators: No 'watered down' NSA reform

    06/18/2014 8:38:38 AM PDT · by koanhead · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6.17.14 | Julian Hattem
    Three senators are doubling down on their call for a sweeping end to the National Security Agency’s “dragnet surveillance.” Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) pledged on Tuesday to fight against “limited” and “watered down” legislation to reform the spy agency, which they said includes the bill that passed the House last month. “This is clearly not the meaningful reform that Americans have demanded, so we will vigorously oppose this bill in its current form and continue to push for real changes to the law,” they wrote in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times....
  • Can the NSA really listen to your iPhone’s microphone even when it is turned OFF? Possibly (video)

    06/10/2014 10:25:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9 June 2014 | By MARK PRIGG
    Can the NSA really listen to your iPhone’s microphone even when it is turned OFF? Experts say it is possible - but reveal the trick to beat it Technique known as an 'implant' (requires physical access—Swordmaker) Allows phone to appear switched off - but still operate some communications The NSA could technically listen in to the microphone of an iPhone even if it switched off, experts have revealed. The claim was first made by Edward Snowden during an interview with Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News. Today, experts confirmed the technique was technically possibly - and revealed a way to...
  • California Liberals Pass Bill to Regulate Sex....(Control Freaks)

    06/06/2014 10:00:05 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 63 replies
    IJReview ^ | 6/6/2014 | Kevin Boyd
    bill that has just passed the California State Senate could effectively make criminals out of many people- just for having sex. The bill, SB 967, would require “affirmative consent” before college-age couples can have sex. This would essentially outlaw sex that is had “while in the heat of passion”. From Breitbart News: SB 967, amended last week by state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), would mandate that college students obtain “an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.” ……….. “Obviously, there is a problem,” he said in the report. “SB 967...
  • DHHS Launches Mobile App Using Personalized Messages, Gaming to Encourage Healthy Behavior at Work

    06/05/2014 12:51:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Market Wire ^ | June 4, 2014 | Tom Gable and Emily Forgeron
    San Diego-based Total Communicator Solutions Inc., a leader in mobile brand management, announced today the use of the Gimbal™ context aware and proximity platform integrated with its Spark Compass platform in a pioneering research project in workplace wellness. The project, named Project Boundary , has been conceptualized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) IDEA Lab and the Office of the National Coordinator. It is a research project undertaken in the spirit of exploring new concepts and ideas in workplace wellness that will benefit the American workplace, and to spark further innovation in this space. “Our project is...
  • New NSA chief seeks to reassure public on surveillance

    06/04/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT · by Iced Tea Party · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/3/14 | Ellen Nakashima
    The new director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday acknowledged that the agency uses facial-recognition tools but said the intent is primarily to identify terrorists and help prevent attacks — adding that such technologies are not broadly directed against Americans. “We do not do this on some unilateral basis against U.S. citizens,” said Adm. Michael S. Rogers, in some of his first public remarks since taking the helm of the embattled spy agency two months ago. A year after the first leaks emerged about the scope of NSA surveillance programs, Rogers is seeking to reframe the public debate that...