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  • RNC to spend $100m to get out vote

    08/28/2014 10:15:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 58 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-28-14 | David M. Drucker
    The Republican National Committee is on track to spend more than $100 million in the midterm campaign, with virtually every dime plowed into the party’s new digital voter-turnout program. If the program is effective, Republican campaigns will have access to a modern get-out-the-vote operation that has been the hallmark of the Democrats’ success in recent election cycles. But if it fails to deliver as advertised, Republican candidates will be stuck with another subpar voter turnout program and without the resources the GOP traditionally sent to their campaigns in midterm years. The RNC is set this week to announce the deployment...
  • Summary of White House Big Data Privacy Report: 'Give Feds More Power, Please'

    05/02/2014 10:56:18 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 4 replies
    Reason Dot Com ^ | May 02, 2014 16:05GMT | Scott Shackford
    In January, the Obama administration put together a "working group" to analyze how huge swaths of Americans' data are being gathered and stored and what sort of privacy issues need to be addressed. The group's report was just released this week. Before you ask: No, it's not about the National Security Agency (NSA) sweeping up huge amounts of metadata from phone and online communications by Americans, even though that’s the big data conversation many Americans want to have right now. Such data gathering is vaguely mentioned in the full report, but primarily the 85-page study (pdf) is about consumer privacy...
  • They Just Announced Major Changes to the SAT…and There’s a Tie to Common Core

    03/05/2014 12:48:19 PM PST · by edcoil · 55 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-4-2014 | Dave Urbanski
    The SAT college entrance exam will no longer require a written essay or penalize students for wrong answers, part of a major overhaul announced Wednesday.
  • What the future holds: US futurist Peter Diamandis on the shape of things to come ("Abundance")

    02/16/2014 11:26:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gulf News ^ | February 12, 2014 | Faisal Masudi and Noor Nazzal, Staff Reporters
    Dubai: At a conference in Dubai this week, an American futurist painted an intriguing, at times unsettling, picture of the coming world. As Dr Peter Diamandis went over his presentation slides at The Government Summit on Tuesday, there were plenty of raised eyebrows. In the future, the slides suggested, privacy will be a thing of the past, robots will take over our jobs, 3D printers will pop out everything from human organs to houses, and man will mine asteroids in deep space for unfathomable mineral wealth. The 58-year-old said hyper-tech breakthroughs are already hurtling us towards that future, today. “The...
  • Consumer bureau data-mining hundreds of millions of consumer credit card accounts, mortgages

    01/29/2014 10:15:43 AM PST · by Errant · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 29 January 2014 | Richard Pollock
    Officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are conducting a massive, NSA-esque data-mining project collecting account information on an estimated 991 million American credit card accounts. It was also learned at a Congressional hearing Tuesday that CFPB officials are working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency on a second data-mining effort, this one focused on the 53 million residential mortgages taken out by Americans since 1998.
  • Smart Meters join ObamaCare in monitoring Florida’s Serfs

    01/13/2014 9:12:34 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/13/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    How’s that Obama Smart Meter working out for you? Are you sleeping better at night? Do you get to follow your energy usage minute by minute if you have enough strength left to get out of bed after being essentially microwaved 24/7? Have you driven by Florida Power and Light’s big “Data Mining Center” right across the street from its Next Era, Next Gen power complex in Jupiter-Juno Beach? With all of the money FP&L stands to gain from its huge rate hikes proposed at the Florida Public Service Commission hearing on January 7, maybe they’ll even be able to...
  • Big U.S. custody banks mining Big Data need more engineers

    01/06/2014 11:56:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 10, 2013 | Tim McLaughlin
    The world's two largest custody banks, BNY Mellon Corp and State Street Corp, are loading up on engineers to crunch mountains of data into juicy chunks of information that they can use to win more customers and generate more fees. The shift in hiring strategy comes as the cost of computing power, data storage and bandwidth plunges, giving the U.S. banks more opportunities to capitalize on information about customers that include the world's largest hedge, mutual and pension funds. "At State Street this year, we've hired more engineers than MBAs," said John Klinck, the bank's head of global strategy and...
  • Inside 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki's $99 DNA Revolution

    11/08/2013 11:46:17 AM PST · by null and void · 46 replies
    FastCompany.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | 6:00 AM | Elizabeth Murphy
    The $126 million genetic-testing company can tell you how to live smarter, better, and longer. It can also tell you what might kill you. You can purchase 14 gallons of organic milk or 396 lollipops. You can give her 33 rides on the Ferris wheel at the state fair, or you can get him a couple of violin lessons. You could put the money in a savings account, you could buy her her very own LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer digital learning tablet, or you could buy enough pizzas to feed all of her friends on the block. So many options, so...
  • Common Core: People vs. Big Government, Big Business, and Billionaires

    11/01/2013 5:06:49 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 November 2013 | Alex Newman
    It is becoming increasingly obvious that Common Core controversy is a fight largely between concerned citizens and parents on one side, with Big Business, Big Government, and a cadre of establishment billionaires like Bill Gates on the other. Common Core: People vs. Big Government, Big Business, and Billionaires The New American 01 November 2013 === Related articles: Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education Orwellian Nightmare: Data-mining Your Kids Under Pressure, Largest N.H. School District Looks Beyond Common Core Common Core National Education Outrages Teacher Coalition At Wisconsin Hearing, Educators Blast Common Core Education Educators Expose Dangers of Common...
  • Obamacare FY14 Budget: ‘To Ensure Integrity of Programs That Redistribute Tens of Billions’

    10/31/2013 2:37:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 31, 2013 - 3:32 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The fiscal 2014 budget justification released by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner explains that CMS is requesting that Congress appropriate $803.5 million for operations and management of the Obamacare exchanges during the fiscal year so that, among other things, CMS can “ensure the integrity of programs that redistribute tens of billions of dollars.” Overall, CMS wants $2 billion to run what it calls the “Federal Marketplace” for health insurance. “CMS’ program level request for the Marketplaces totals $2.0 billion in FY 2014, to support the first year of program operations,” says the budget justification. The agency...
  • Free Advice for the GOP

    10/28/2013 12:37:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 10-28-13 | Jonah Goldberg
    We now know that millions of people will lose their existing health-insurance policies thanks to Obamacare. Already hundreds of thousands of people have gotten letters from their insurance companies letting them know they’ll lose their coverage. Millions more are bound to get similar letters, particularly when the small-business mandate kicks in. They should also get another letter, however. And that letter should come from the GOP, either from Reince Priebus or, better, from their local GOP representative, senator, governor or whichever local politician makes the most sense. And that letter should, without stridency, hyperbole or annoying appeals for money, explain...
  • ACT to Roll Out Career and College Readiness Tests for 3rd-10th Grades

    10/04/2013 5:50:29 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 4 replies
    Education Week ^ | July 2, 2012 | Caralee Adams
    ACT Inc. announced today that it is developing a new series of assessments for every grade level, from 3rd through 10th, to measure skills needed in college and careers. The tests, which would be administered digitally and provide instant feedback to teachers, will be piloted in states this fall and scheduled to be launched in 2014, says Jon Erickson, the president of education for ACT, the Iowa City, Iowa-based nonprofit testing company. The "next generation" assessment will be pegged to the Common Core State Standards and cover the four areas now on the ACT: English, reading, math, and science. "It...
  • NAPOLITANO: Finding a crime for every man (on NSA spying)

    10/02/2013 4:33:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 2, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    While the nation’s political class has been fixated on the government shutdown in Washington this week, the National Security Agency (NSA) has continued to spy on all Americans and, by its ambiguity and shrewd silence, seems to be acknowledging slowly that the scope of its spying is truly breathtaking. The Obama administration is of the view that the NSA can spy on anyone, anywhere. The president thinks that federal statutes enable the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to authorize the NSA to capture any information it desires about any persons without identifying the persons and without a showing...
  • The American Surveillance State Is Here. Can It Be Evaded?

    07/29/2013 2:09:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 33 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | July 29, 2013 | John W. Whitehead
    “If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.” – Philip K. Dick, author of Minority Report On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes...
  • How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

    08/28/2013 3:03:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 2, 2013 | Andy Greenberg and Ryan Mac
    Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself. On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around Stanford University’s massive satellite antennae known as the Dish, a favorite meditative pastime. But his solitude is disturbed somewhat by “Mike,” an ex-Marine–silent, 6 foot 1, 270 pounds of mostly pectoral muscle–who trails him everywhere he goes. Even on the suburban streets of Palo Alto, steps from Palantir’s headquarters, the bodyguard...
  • Broader Sifting of Data Abroad Is Seen by N.S.A.

    08/08/2013 4:50:21 AM PDT · by vg0va3 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | Published: August 8, 2013 | By CHARLIE SAVAGE
    The N.S.A. is not just intercepting the communications of Americans who are in direct contact with foreigners targeted overseas, a practice that government officials have openly acknowledged. It is also casting a far wider net for people who cite information linked to those foreigners, like a little used e-mail address, according to a senior intelligence official.
  • Meet The Chief Justice Of America’s Secret Supreme Court (FISA)

    07/09/2013 10:31:19 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 33 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 7/7/13 | John Stanton
    The chief judge of America’s most powerful secret court is a 64-year-old man who has said his path toward the law began in part when he was stopped by police in the early 1960s simply for being black, and who once said he became a lawyer to “make an impact on the quality of life for people of color in this country.” Reggie Walton is the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose 11 members are appointed directly by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Revelations of broad spying by the National Security Agency have drawn unusual...
  • Common Core Is Intended to be Another Federal Data Mining Operation-Are You Spooked Yet?

    07/06/2013 10:32:35 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 9 replies
    EAGnews.org via The Blaze ^ | June 12, 2013 | EAGnews.org
    As EAGnews reported previously, the data compiled through Common Core will yield all sorts of non-education related information about students for bureaucrats: family income, religious affiliation, discipline problems, number of hours worked per weekend, medical laboratory procedure results, amount of non-school activity involvement and computer screen name. How would voters react if they knew an aspect of Common Core is to collect this sort of information on kindergarteners?
  • Obama: NSA secret data gathering “transparent”

    06/18/2013 10:48:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 18, 2013 12:31 AM EDT | Kimberly Dozier
    President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent—even though they are authorized in secret. “It is transparent,” Obama told PBS’ Charlie Rose in an interview broadcast Monday. “That’s why we set up the FISA court,” he added, referring to the secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that authorizes two recently disclosed programs: one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism. He added that he’s...
  • Bloomberg News: Spy agencies sharing data with “thousands” of firms

    06/14/2013 7:10:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/14/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    What was it that I was saying earlier this week about the intelligence-industrial complex? Bloomberg reported last night that Edward Snowden may have only scratched the surface on the cooperation between American intelligence agencies and commercial firms. In fact, the partnership is much wider than first thought — and the intel agencies provide their partners with some significant quid pro quo:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the...
  • In the age of unlimited bytes, Uncle Sam shapes up as Big Brother

    06/13/2013 7:35:27 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | June 11, 2013 | The Times of India
    Some months back, a young entrepreneur of Indian origin co-founded a company that, to oversimplify its expertise, reads your mind. Moninder Jheeta's Silicon Valley-based Expect Labs has introduced an app that can listen to an eight-person conversation, a virtual babble, glean sense from it, and suggest information that speakers may want to see or pursue — even as they are conversing. Jheeta, who is the chief technology officer of Expect, calls it "anticipatory computing". In time, the app can reside in devices ranging from your cell phone to your refrigerator to your car, instantly and constantly crunching data it gathers...
  • Big Metadata: Repeat after Big Brother: metadata is harmless

    06/13/2013 6:53:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/13/2013 | Tom Bruner
    The National Security Agency (NSA) is obtaining a complete set of users' phone records from Verizon by means of a secret court order under the auspices of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), so reports the UK Guardian. We are assured by President Obama that no one is actually listening to the calls. This is being overseen by the FISA court, you see. That would be the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court overseeing a program to gather data about domestic phone calls. But the kind of data being collected by the government is just metadata, and so nothing to worry about....
  • Rand Paul: Big Brother Really Is Watching Us

    06/12/2013 10:50:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 10, 2013 | RAND PAUL
    Monitoring hundreds of millions of phone records is an extraordinary invasion of privacy. When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother . . . but when you actually look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance." How many records did the NSA seize from Verizon? Hundreds of millions. We are now learning about more potential mass data collections by the government from other communications and online companies. These are the "details," and few...
  • FBI requests for records under Patriot Act have increased 1,000% in just four years

    06/11/2013 7:34:31 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    Update: Data-mining goes deeper than thought? It’s not just the number of requests, it’s the scope of them. They’re not demanding records related to particular investigations anymore, they’re demanding huge troves of records on random Americans for data-mining purposes, the same thing Patriot Act co-author Jim Sensenbrenner complained about a few days ago but somehow didn’t foresee in 2001.
  • How Has The U.S. Government Been Getting User Data From Major Internet Companies?

    06/11/2013 12:08:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    TEC ^ | 06/11/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Apparently the big Internet companies are not as "innocent" in all of this as they originally led us to believe. So this additional information changes some of the conclusions that I reached in my original article. It appears that some of the biggest Internet companies have been cooperating with the government in this data collection effort at least to a certain extent. The following is from an article in the New York Times that describes how the U.S. government has been getting user data from major Internet companies... The companies that negotiated with the government include Google, which owns YouTube;...
  • How Much Does It Cost Us?

    06/07/2013 5:29:34 AM PDT · by MosesKnows · 5 replies
    June 7, 2013 | MosesKnows
    How Much Has It Cost Us? I was pondering a possible block diagram or flow chart of the steps and the technology necessary to mine data on this grand scale. Without getting into details, I assert it is very expensive. How much did the electronic collection hardware cost? How much did the data storage hardware cost? How much did the network hardware cost? How much did the network software cost? How much did it cost to create a searchable database? How much did it cost to enter the collected data? How much did it cost to maintain the database? How...
  • NBC: DoJ will “definitely” investigate NSA data-mining leak to Guardian

    06/06/2013 7:59:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It's no joke to the Obama administration, apparently. NBC's Pete Williams reported on Morning Joe earlier today that the Department of Justice will “definitely” open an investigation into the leak of the NSA’s data-mining efforts with Verizon — and who knows how many other telecoms — that ended up in the Guardian last night.CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Shocked? A “senior administration official” tells the Huffington Post that Williams’ report is, er … premature. Williams later dialed “definitely” back to “highly likely”: However, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post Thursday morning that it’s premature to suggest an...
  • Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House

    06/06/2013 5:30:26 AM PDT · by blam · 118 replies
    TBI - The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-6-2013 | Peter Foster
    Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House Peter Foster, The Telegraph June. 6, 2013, 6:46 AM The Obama administration will be bracing itself for a torrent of hostile questions this morning following the apparent revelation that the National Security Agency has been data-mining the phone records of tens of millions of ordinary Americans. Not to be confused with eaves-dropping, or bugging the phones of those suspected of conspiring to commit a terrorist or criminal offence, the top secret court order published by The Guardian appears to show that the NSA has been trawling the anonymous 'metadata'...
  • Exxon propagandizes for Common Core during Masters

    04/14/2013 5:54:50 PM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Twitchy ^ | April 14, 2014
    Exxon employs thousands of engineers and geologists. Naturally, it is concerned about the quality of the U.S. educational system. Like many large corporations, Exxon believes the Obama-Jeb Bush -Bill Gates-backed Common Core scheme will improve education. Reality check: This top-down federalization of academic standards and testing will do just the opposite not only for math education, but across the pedagogical board. Today, Exxon aired pro-Common Core ads during the Masters golf tournament. Informed parents, activists, and educators gave the edu-propaganda a big, fat “F.”
  • Conservatives spearhead drive at RNC meeting to stop Common Core (Bill Gates school curriculum)

    04/11/2013 10:05:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | April 10, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Thanks to grass-roots activism, limited-government think tanks, whistle-blowing educators and bloggers, vigilant local and state legislators, and tireless parents committed to protecting their children, the truth about federalized Common Core standards is spreading.… Some stalwart conservatives inside the RNC get it. They’re bucking the mooooooderate Republican line on Common Core and have put forth a resolution being considered this afternoon at the RNC spring meeting. I heard from one of the co-sponsors of the resolution today, who believes it will pass. I’ll update with developments. Here’s the full text of the resolution, via Shane Vander Hart at Truth in American...
  • ATF seeks 'massive' online database to log personal information, connections

    04/06/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    rt.com ^ | 4/6/13
    A recent notice from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reveals that the agency intends to acquire an online database capable of bringing up many of an individual’s personal characteristics and connections with just a few keystrokes. On March 28 the federal law enforcement organization, which is a branch of the US Department of Justice, filed a solicitation notice for a “massive online data repository system” for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information. The solicitation is hosted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, where vendors and developers can offer their services to the government in a competitive reverse...
  • Time To Opt Out of Creepy Fed Ed Data-Mining Racket

    03/19/2013 9:20:26 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 2 replies
    http://michellemalkin.com ^ | March 15, 2013 11:00 AM | By Michelle Malkin
    JUST SAY NO!Yesterday, Glenn Beck and his team at The Blaze TV aired a terrific program with teachers and activists exposing some of the basic myths and failures of the Common Core racket (click on the link and be sure to sign up. Glenn’s network is doing invaluable, forward-thinking work). It was heartening to see the trailblazers receive the time and attention tthey deserve. And it’s just the tip of the educational iceberg.My column today delves further into the creepy Fed Ed data-mining racket. Don’t just sit there. Get involved. As always, see the links and resources at the end...
  • AP Exclusive: Romney uses secretive data-mining

    08/25/2012 12:49:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2012 4:36 PM EDT | Jack Gillum
    Building upon its fundraising prowess, Mitt Romney's campaign began a secretive data-mining project this summer to sift through Americans' personal information—including their purchasing history and church attendance—to identify new and likely wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned. The project employs strategies similar to those the business world uses to influence the way Americans shop and think. Now they're being used to sway presidential elections. The same personal data consumers give away—often unwittingly when they swipe their credit cards or log into Facebook—is now being used by the people who might one day occupy the White House. … An AP...
  • Acxiom Corp: The 'faceless organization that knows everything about you'

    06/20/2012 12:22:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    The Week ^ | June 20,2012
    What kind of data does it have? "If you are an American adult," says Singer, "the odds are that it knows things like your age, race, sex, weight, height, marital status, education level, politics, buying habits, household health worries, vacation dreams — and on and on." It does more than collect that information, though. It uses it to pigeonhole people into one of 70 very specific socioeconomic clusters in an attempt to predict how they'll act, what they'll buy, and how companies can persuade them to buy their products. It gathers its data trove from public records, surveys you've filled...
  • Obama’s data advantage [Drudge Headline: "Obama Watching You"]

    06/09/2012 8:12:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    politico ^ | 6/9/12 | Lois Romano
    On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here, more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election. The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. It makes the...
  • Sallie Mae Operates A Data Mining Operation Called Upromise

    05/30/2012 2:08:14 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 5 replies
    Upromise ^ | May 30, 2012 | Stayfree
    In doing some research on coupon websites, we discovered that Sallie Mae is using what appears to be a harmless coupon website called Upromise to collect information on our pre-college age youth and sell it for a profit
  • 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.
  • Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Doubles Down On His Support Of President Obama

    12/12/2011 7:01:12 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 19, 2011, 11:51 AM | Noah Davis
    Eric Schmidt has an idea for Congress: Do what the President wants. Google's chairman urged lawmakers to pass the $447 billion stimulus plan during an interview with Christiane Amanpour. "The economy is, today, stuck behind the power curve -- it needs a lot of encouragement,” Schmidt, who was a big supporter of Obama during his campaign and was rumored to be a candidate for the Secretary of Commerce post, told the host.
  • 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...
  • UPDATE: US High Court Strikes Down Limits On Data Mining Of Drug Records

    06/23/2011 11:46:52 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | JUNE 23, 2011, | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Vermont law that barred the sale of doctors' prescription data to drug companies, ruling the law interfered with the pharmaceutical industry's First Amendment right to market its products. Data companies such as IMS Health Inc. gather information from pharmacies on which medicines doctors are prescribing and how often. Drug makers buy the data, using it to refine their marketing pitches and measure which salespeople are the most effective. A 2007 Vermont law effectively banned the practice in the state. It said data-mining companies can't sell the prescription information for marketing...
  • Do you really know Google?

    05/26/2011 12:51:28 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 27 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | May 26, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    TONIGHT at 9 pm ET...Each time you use a search engine, you disclose something about yourself. And it tends to be more than just passing interests; your searches reveal your wants, needs, desires, and fears. Over time, you may unwittingly divulge your age, sex, religion, ethnic group, profession, political views and medical concerns.That information can be exploited by its owners (ED: i.e. Google) to create dossiers on you that would make former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover look like a piker.Google is not the company it claims to be. Evolving from an information servant to master, the company's unprecedented centralization...
  • Next Phase of Advanced Global Data-Mining & Intelligence System Unfolds

    05/20/2011 8:17:31 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 20, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Details of an emerging data-mining and intelligence-analysis program reminiscent of the Pentagon’s controversial Total Information Awareness (TIA) project emerged yesterday, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. Similar to TIA, which Congress in 2003 de-funded insofar as domestic applications, the Insight Focused Incubator initiative seeks to create a multimedia system that obtains, synthesizes, and analyzes mass volumes of data via the development of an advanced “‘plug and play’ modular architecture” of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies. According to a Special Notice that the Monitor obtained via routine database research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a call...
  • Stores Can't Ask For Customer ZIP Codes: CA Supreme Court

    02/10/2011 7:57:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 99 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | February 10, 2011 | Scott Weber
    Customers who use their credit cards at stores can no longer be asked for their ZIP code, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
  • Google Inc said its "Street View" cars around the world accidentally collected more personal data

    10/22/2010 3:47:11 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies · 1+ views
    reuters.com ^ | 10-22-10 | Reuters
    Full title: Google Inc said its "Street View" cars around the world accidentally collected more personal data than previously disclosed, and that it was changing its privacy practices. Excerpt: "It's clear from those inspections that while most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords," Google Vice President of Engineering and Research Alan Eustace said in a post on Google's blog on Friday.
  • A prescription for snooping

    12/13/2009 12:37:45 PM PST · by thecodont · 10 replies · 539+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | December 14, 2009 | By Andrew Zajac
    Reporting from Washington - When your doctor writes you a prescription, that's just between you, your doctor and maybe your health insurance company -- right? Wrong. As things stand now, the pharmaceutical companies that make those prescription drugs are looking over the doctor's shoulder to keep track of how many prescriptions for each drug the physician is writing. By obtaining data from pharmacies and health insurers, the drug companies learn the prescribing habits of thousands of doctors. That information has become not just a powerful sales and marketing tool for the pharmaceutical industry but also a source of growing concern...
  • Massive FBI Data Mining Revealed, Set to Expand

    09/28/2009 2:08:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 3,187+ views
    JBS ^ | 9.25.09 | Alex Newman
    Recently declassified documents obtained by Wired magazine reveal a massive Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data mining operation. It already possesses over 1.5 billion records from government and private-sector sources. That figure is expected by the FBI to balloon to over 6 billion within a few years. And it is not just terrorists they are after.  According to the documents, the National Security Branch Analysis Center (NSAC) is being used to pursue multiple types of non-terrorism domestic investigations. It is also meant to be able to sort through the data — everything from health and travel records to credit card...
  • Program Cuts Car Insurance Rates, if Insurer Can Monitor Your Driving Habits

    07/21/2009 6:32:35 AM PDT · by laotzu · 24 replies · 886+ views
    WOAI ^ | 7/21/09 | Jim Forsyth
    Progressive Insurance Companies in Texas is launching a unique program in Texas which may save you money on your car insurance, but has civil libertarians worried, 1200 WOAI news reports. Progressive is offering discounts starting today to motorists who are willing to have a device placed into their cars which will notify the company about the customer’s driving habits. "It doesn't tell where you're driving, it just tells them a little about your driving habits," insurance industry spokesman Jerry Johns told 1200 WOAI news. Johns says the system is in place in other states, but the Progressive attempt is the...
  • Tracking Your Digital Trail

    05/28/2009 4:48:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 735+ views
    tna ^ | 05.28.09 | Beverly K. Eakman
    Innocent-seeming questionnaires, tests, and surveys are increasingly being disseminated by government officials so that they have complete histories on every citizen. At this writing, Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina is busy apologizing for her politically incorrect gaffe in arguing against legislation that would expand federal hate-crime laws to include sexual orientation. She pointed to the infamous Matthew Shepard case as a “hoax” inasmuch as Shepard’s killers appeared to have been interested in drugs, not sexual-identity issues. Were Foxx a teenager today, she would be spared the necessity of balancing her conservative views on sexuality against the left’s Orwellian...
  • You’re Leaving a Digital Trail. What About Privacy?

    11/30/2008 2:05:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,294+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 30, 2008 | JOHN MARKOFF
    HARRISON BROWN, an 18-year-old freshman majoring in mathematics at M.I.T., didn’t need to do complex calculations to figure out he liked this deal: in exchange for letting researchers track his every move, he receives a free smartphone. Now, when he dials another student, researchers know. When he sends an e-mail or text message, they also know. When he listens to music, they know the song. Every moment he has his Windows Mobile smartphone with him, they know where he is, and who’s nearby. Mr. Brown and about 100 other students living in Random Hall at M.I.T. have agreed to swap...
  • Worker Snooping on Customer Data Common

    02/24/2008 1:15:41 AM PST · by decimon · 61+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2008 | RYAN J. FOLEY
    MADISON, Wis. - A landlord snooped on tenants to find out information about their finances. A woman repeatedly accessed her ex-boyfriend's account after a difficult breakup. Another obtained her child's father's address so she could serve him court papers. All worked for Wisconsin's largest utility, where employees routinely accessed confidential information about acquaintances, local celebrities and others from its massive customer database. Documents obtained by The Associated Press in an employment case involving Milwaukee-based WE Energies shine a light on a common practice in the utilities, telecommunications and accounting industries, privacy experts say. Vast computer databases give curious employees the...