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  • Obama administration releases updated online privacy policy (your info is all PUBLIC INFO)

    04/19/2014 7:27:18 AM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 18, 2014 | FoxNews
    A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says. The Obama administration also promises not to sell the data of online visitors. But it cannot make the same assurances for users who go to third-party White House sites on Facebook, Twitter...
  • A Government Admission of Wrongdoing

    04/10/2014 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 10, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last week, National Intelligence Director Gen. James R. Clapper sent a brief letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he admitted that agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) have been reading innocent Americans' emails and text messages and listening to digital recordings of their telephone conversations that have been stored in NSA computers, without warrants obtained pursuant to the Constitution. That the NSA is doing this is not newsworthy -- Edward Snowden has told the world of this during the past 10 months. What is newsworthy is that the NSA has...
  • The Rise of American Totalitarianism

    04/09/2014 3:02:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 4/9/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last Thursday, Mozilla, the company that’s home to the web browser Firefox, forced the resignation of CEO Brendan Eich. What, precisely, had Eich done wrong? Back in 2008, Eich had donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 effort backing traditional marriage in California. Dating website OKCupid posted a ban on Firefox traffic, issuing a message to Firefox users instead: “Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.” That ban reportedly prompted the action at Mozilla.Of course, it was the people pushing for Eich’s ouster who were...
  • Fort Hood opens debate about secrecy of medical records

    04/08/2014 4:26:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kristina Wong
    Army officials say one thing that could have helped prevent last week’s shooting at Fort Hood is better information sharing with commanders about the mental and behavioral health histories of incoming soldiers.The shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, had arrived at Fort Hood, Texas, in February after being stationed for four years at Fort Bliss, Texas. By the time of his transfer, Lopez had a history of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, and was prescribed a number of prescription drugs, including Ambien. But receiving commanders at Fort Hood would not have been privy to Lopez’s health history.“Here's the biggest...
  • The Internet Is Tolerant. Don't Agree? Keep Out

    04/03/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | April 3, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on. There's a Twitter campaign to force Eich to step down. "I'm an employee of @mozilla and I'm asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO," one employee tweeted. Rarebit CEO Hampton Catlin and his husband announced a boycott against Mozilla Firefox applications. It will cost the business money, but, Catlin wrote, "as a gay couple...
  • The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return

    03/29/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 34 replies
    Bonner & Partners newsletter ^ | March 29, 2014 | Bill Bonner
    The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return By Jeffrey Tucker, Executive Editor, Laissez Faire Books The least of the problems with income tax is that it takes your money. The really big problem is that the income tax takes your life. It gives the government direct access to the things you own and sets up the political-bureaucratic sector to be the final arbiter of what you can and cannot consider to be yours. Illustrating this point is the bitter news that the IRS has considered it completely legal to demand access to your email archive whenever it wants....
  • Probable Cause

    03/27/2014 6:28:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March 27, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Except for the definition and mechanism of proving treason, no area of the Constitution addressing the rights of all persons when the government is pursuing them is more specific than the Fourth Amendment. The linchpin of that specificity is the requirement that the government demonstrate probable cause to a judge as a precondition to the judge issuing a search warrant. The other specific requirement is identity: The government must identify whose property it wishes to search or whose behavior it wishes to monitor, because the Fourth Amendment requires that all warrants specifically describe the place to be searched or the...
  • Obama to propose ending NSA bulk collection of phone records: official [Riiiiight]

    03/25/2014 5:19:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/25/14 | Roberta Rampton
    ...Obama plans to ask Congress to end the bulk collection and storage of phone records by the National Security Agency but allow the government to access the "metadata" when needed, a senior administration official said on Monday. If Congress approves, the Obama administration would stop collecting the information, known as metadata, which lists millions of phone calls made in the United States.
  • Obama reassures Internet CEOs on tech privacy

    03/21/2014 6:36:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 21, 2014 7:25 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy. CEOs from Facebook, Google, Netflix and others spent more than two hours with Obama in the Oval Office discussing their concerns about NSA spying programs, which have drawn outrage from tech companies whose data have been scooped up by the government. Joining Obama and the CEOs were Obama’s commerce secretary, homeland security adviser, and counselor John Podesta, whom Obama has tasked with leading a review...
  • Why No One Minds His Own Business Anymore

    03/19/2014 2:26:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    When I was a kid -- which wasn't that long ago, given that I just turned 30 in January -- I recall hearing a popular phrase on the playground: "Mind your own business." MYOB reared its head whenever somebody threatened to rat out a fellow student for anything from harmless roughhousing to juvenile delinquency. The phrase is sometimes attributed to the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, a rough translation of which states: " ... make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so...
  • Senator Complains about CIA Spying

    03/15/2014 11:56:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2014 | John Semmens
    This week Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif), a long time supporter of the intelligence community, expressed outrage upon discovering that the CIA has been spying on members of Congress. “I have backed every budget request the CIA has put forward,” Feinstein declared. “I have defended them against their detractors from both sides of the ideological spectrum. Now we find out that they have been surreptitiously breaking into the emails of members of Congress—including mine. It is one thing to spy on ordinary people. It is quite another for them to spy on a separate branch of government.” CIA Director John Brennan...
  • Crime Stoppers Chief Eats the Evidence

    03/15/2014 4:35:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    NBC ^ | 3/14/14
    The executive director of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers is facing up to two weeks in jail on a contempt of court charge for stuffing an anonymous tip in his mouth instead of handing it over to a judge Friday.
  • New study shows NSA phone metadata can reveal EVERYTHING about your life

    03/13/2014 7:45:41 PM PDT · by gooblah · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:41 PM 03/13/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    New research published by Stanford Univeristy Wednesday reveal phone and Internet metadata collected by the NSA can expose far more information about an individual than the agency admits, including, “medical conditions, financial and legal connections, and even whether they own a gun.” Two of the school’s computer science graduate students were able to uncover the sensitive personal details of individuals from phone data details, like the numbers of callers and recipients, the location of callers, phone serial numbers and the length of conversations — all of which are data the signals intelligence agency collects in bulk both domestically and internationally....
  • CA Gun Store Owner Refuses to Give Feds Customer List (ATF Seeks Buyers of AR-15 Lower Receivers)

    03/13/2014 7:42:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | March 12, 2014 | Misha DiBono
    Gun store owner refuses to give feds customer list OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The owner of an Oceanside store that sells various gun parts to build a rifle from scratch refused to turn over his customer list to federal agents. Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor, said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were investigating their business, not for what they sell, but for the people who purchase their products. Karras said the ATF threatened to shutter their business if they didn’t hand over the names of 5,000 customers who have purchased an 80 percent lower receiver (the...
  • The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information

    03/10/2014 3:10:23 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | Mar 9, 2014 | Steve Kroft
    Over the past six months or so, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security. What most of you don't know, or are just beginning to realize, is that a much greater and more immediate threat to your privacy is coming from thousands of companies you've probably never heard of, in the name of commerce. They're called data brokers, and they are collecting, analyzing and packaging some of our most sensitive personal information and selling it as a
  • Google Glass attack: tech giant accused of ‘killing’ San Francisco (!)

    03/09/2014 11:44:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:04PM GMT 08 Mar 2014 | Nick Allen
    Sarah Slocum loves her Google Glass. She wears the gadget on her face for more than 12 hours a day and enjoys showing others how to use it. With the wink of an eye, she can take a picture or use her voice to command it to record video. The device is, she says, “the future”. So it was with some shock that she discovered there are those who disagree. Rather forcibly, in fact. On a recent outing to a bar in San Francisco, the 34-year-old technology writer says she was attacked by people who told her “F--- Google!”, accused...
  • The NSA and Millennials

    03/05/2014 11:28:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 5, 2014 | Charlie Kirk
    After WWI the code breaking arm of the U.S. Army was dismantled due to budgetary constraints. Prior to the Great War the United States had little capability in the area of surveillance and code-breaking, but beginning in 1918 it developed a quite prolific proficiency. When the Army ended the program the civilian side of the government stepped in with sponsorship from the State Department. Master code-breaker and otherwise bon vivant Herbert Yardley was tasked with heading the new Cipher Bureau, a position he held until Herbert Hoover’s Secretary of State Henry Stimson abruptly deep-sixed the agency uttering the famous line...
  • Florida cops accused of using cellphone tracker without court permission

    03/04/2014 9:12:25 AM PST · by Ray76 · 40 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | Mar 4, 2014 | Adrienne Cutway
    Florida police officers are accused of using a cellphone tracking and monitoring device without court permission, saying the device was on loan and they signed a confidentiality agreement with the manufacturer.
  • U.S. Government Reporting Requirements For Coin And Bullion Dealers

    02/28/2014 8:42:57 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 6 replies
    PT Shamrock's March 2014 Newsletter ^ | March 2012 | PT Shamrock
    U.S. Government Reporting Requirements For Coin And Bullion Dealers There is much confusion and disinformation about the extent to which coin dealers are required to obtain customer information to keep on file and use in submitting reports to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or other government agencies. In some cases the confusion may be used to steer customers away from lower-margin bullion sales and towards the higher-margin coin sales, even though such items may be less suitable for the customer's purposes. I'll attempt to summarize some of the reporting topics herein, but for more helpful information, you can visit the...
  • Thermal Imaging Gets More Common But The Courts Haven't Caught Up

    02/27/2014 3:54:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | Katie Barlow
    Thermal imaging devices have been available for sale online, relatively cheaply, for at least a couple of years. But now, an iPhone attachment will let you carry a thermal imaging camera in your pocket. FLIR Systems, a specialized camera company, plans to release its thermal camera and app for iPhone for less than $350 this spring. These devices — which show you the image of what you are looking at but with colors highlighting heat levels from objects — are getting easy to own and use. And that means consumers could use them to spot a water leak in the...
  • Secure Messaging Without Govt Interception

    02/23/2014 9:39:46 AM PST · by · 19 replies ^ | 12/2/2013 | PMB
    PMB is safer and more private because it doesn’t use the usual technology to send emails and instant messages, or to transfer files. Traditional email systems focus on sending mails through a series of relays until each piece is put back together for the recipient. Here’s how that system works. Why PMB Keeps Your Information Private Our patented, cutting-edge technology doesn’t use relay servers to deliver your communications. We establish a private, electronic stream between you and the database and your recipient and the database. This approach not only gives the messages you send, electronically, an unprecedented level of security...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former NSA Employee Speaks Out About its Corruption

    02/20/2014 11:05:35 AM PST · by Eye of Newt · 29 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | 2-20-2014 | Sher Zieve
    NSA whistleblower, anonymous  At the very least, for the past few months to a year it has become increasingly evident that--although not all--many agencies of the US Federal government have become increasingly dirty, perverse and corrupt and require a deep and thorough cleaning. The US Secret Service has previously been exposed as “including claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior” and the IRS was caught and admitted to denying Obama’s political enemies (aka “TEA Party, Christians, religious Jews, conservatives) their Constitutional rights while allowing “progressive” groups...
  • Obama Regime NSA Weighs Retaining Data For Suits

    02/19/2014 7:44:56 PM PST · by TheMantis · 13 replies
    The government is considering enlarging the National Security Agency's controversial collection of Americans' phone records...
  • New Hampshire Can Lead on Privacy Protection

    02/19/2014 2:07:50 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-19-14 | Alex Rued
    In the wake of the NSA scandal, American citizens demand Congress take a hard look at government surveillance practices. While only the federal government has the power to halt NSA activities, the states will likely be the real battleground for privacy issues. In fact, state legislators are actively moving legislation aimed at protecting citizens’ civil liberties in the digital age. Digitally connected devices are an integral part of Americans’ daily lives. More than 90 percent of Americans deem essential one device in particular: the smartphone. For many, the buzz of a smartphone alarm is the first thing heard each morning,...
  • Smartphone "Kill Switch" Legislation Proposed

    02/17/2014 7:07:51 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 48 replies ^ | February 16, 2014 | Chad Buenaflor
    The rise in the number of mobile device theft all across the United States has prompted several Senators to introduce a smartphone kill switch on the federal level. This past Thursday, a proposed law called the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act was introduced by Democratic Senators Barbara Mikulski (MD), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Mazie Hirono (HI).
  • Mozilla clarifies, defends Firefox ad position

    02/17/2014 4:12:46 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 55 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 14 February 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    The surprising news that Mozilla would start placing a limited number of ads on Firefox's new tabs page, Directory Tiles, still has some users annoyed. Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation explained and defended the Foundation's new ad program, but many supporters remain unconvinced.Mitchell Baker, the chair of the Mozilla Foundation, explained and defended the new ads in the Firefox Web browserAccording to Baker, previous attempts to add advertisement content to Firefox had been rejected by the Firefox user community. Baker described these as "features, bookmarks, tabs, and other irritants added to the product to generate revenue. We’d seen...
  • NSA’s Revenue Generating Potential Being Explored

    02/15/2014 1:31:49 PM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration is reportedly evaluating the possibility of using data gathered by the National Security Agency (NSA) to help fund the government. NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett says that “for too long we’ve been overlooking the commercial opportunities of this vast surveillance project. We know what web sites people have been visiting. We know who they’ve been calling on their cell phones. And in many instances we’ve been reading their emails. There has got to be a lot of businesses that would pay substantial sums to have a peek at this information.” Ledgett speculated that “the obvious customers for...
  • Gmail Can Now Tell Senders When A Recipient Opens An Email

    02/12/2014 6:07:13 PM PST · by Windflier · 70 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 12 February 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    If 'read receipts' on emails weren't annoying enough, a San Francisco-based firm has taken the art of tracking emails to the next level. The Streak plugin lets Gmail account holders monitor which of their sent items have been opened, who opened them, the exact time they were opened and how many times those emails have been viewed since. It also reveals details about the device used to read the email, and even the reader's approximate location. Streak is aimed at sales and marketing professionals, and the company calls it a 'Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) in your inbox.' However, the plugin...
  • Vanity: Google Voice- anyone here use it?

    02/11/2014 6:46:55 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 33 replies
    Google ^ | FEB. 11, 2014 | Google
    Features Explore some of the most popular features of Google Voice by watching these videos: Overview Voicemail transcription One number Personalized greetings International calling SMS to email Share voicemails Block callers Screen callers Mobile app Conference calls Number Porting
  • Twitter threatens to sue Obama administration

    02/07/2014 2:10:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/6/14 | Julian Hattem
    Twitter says it is prepared to sue the Obama administration for the right to disclose more details about government surveillance requests. In a blog post on Thursday, the head of global legal policy for the micro-blogging website said a recent agreement between tech groups and the Justice Department did not go far enough to address the company's concerns. “We think the government’s restriction on our speech not only unfairly impacts our users’ privacy, but also violates our First Amendment right to free expression and open discussion of government affairs,” Jeremy Kessel wrote. “Therefore, we have pressed the U.S. Department of...
  • House Republican pushing mileage tax to bolster Transportation funds (RINO Alert)

    02/06/2014 7:36:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 6, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the last few years, we’ve seen Democrats raise the idea of adding a new revenue source to supplement the gas tax, as revenues have declined from this stream due to increased fuel efficiency thanks to mandates to that effect imposed by Congress. One bad idea that never seems to die is a mileage tax, which would force Americans to track their travel — or have government do it for them. That idea got shelved along with the Democratic House majority in 2011, but now it’s crept across the aisle (via Instapundit):
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • Hallandale to dump red-light cameras

    01/31/2014 7:05:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/23/14
    Red-light cameras are getting the heave-ho in this seaside city. Saying he was following through on a campaign promise, Commissioner William Julian made a motion Wednesday to get rid of the cameras as soon as legally possible.
  • 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.
  • US looks at ways to prevent spying on NSA spying

    01/28/2014 4:56:49 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-28-14 | STEPHEN BRAUN
    WASHINGTON—As the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, the government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing whom the U.S. is spying on, The Associated Press has learned. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has paid at least five research teams across the country to develop a system for high-volume, encrypted searches of electronic records kept outside the government's possession. The project is among several ideas that could allow the government to store Americans' phone records with phone companies or a third-party organization, but still search...
  • Anonymity Online

    01/28/2014 4:43:22 AM PST · by GOP_Thug_Mom · 9 replies
    Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Why Anonymity Matters Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.
  • Judge's laptop ruling challenges the Constitution - and your privacy

    01/25/2014 8:04:59 AM PST · by madison10 · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/25/2014 | Kim Komando
    It's pretty obvious that we as a society are now made up of two groups. There are those who, for better or worse, have moved their lives into the digital realm, and those who haven't. I would like to introduce you to someone in the latter category. His name is Edward Korman and he is a federal judge in New York state. He had a case before him involving a U.S. citizen – a Ph.D. student at McGill University in Montreal – who had his computer confiscated while returning to the States. The judge ruled, sweepingly, that, yes, the federal...
  • Here's a pen that will bug the heck out of anyone who owns it...

    01/24/2014 4:11:44 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Newspaper chain plans 'state-by-state' concealed weapon databases

    01/24/2014 1:01:03 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail. The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas' database project was detailed the plan in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
  • Newspaper chain plans 'state-by-state' concealed weapon databases

    01/24/2014 10:08:28 AM PST · by Doogle · 77 replies
    foxnews ^ | 01/24/14 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail. The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas' database project was detailed the plan in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The newest project...
  • Transparency Through a Glass, Darkly

    01/22/2014 7:55:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 22, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Last Friday, President Barack Obama delivered his long-awaited speech addressing recent revelations that the federal government, especially the National Security Agency (NSA), has been engaged in a massive program surveilling the communications of virtually every American who uses a cell phone or other internet-based device. Obama, who claims to head the most “transparent” presidency ever, spoke glowingly and eloquently how his Administration will move actively to rein in the domestic spying program and strike the proper balance with civil liberties; unfortunately, he did neither. On cue, of course, the Washington Post -- one of Obama’s most fervent enablers in the...
  • Mississippi Proposed Bill Publishes Name and Social Security Number of Gun Owner

    01/14/2014 2:50:00 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 68 replies
    Mississippi Gun News ^ | January 13, 2014 | DANA CRISWELL
    BY DANA CRISWELL – January 13, 2014 Today Mississippi Representative Omeria Scott (D-District 80) introduced House Bill 231.  In her bill she proposes that anyone who sells ammunition in the State of Mississippi be required to keep records of each sale.  If passed, every merchant, dealer or pawnbroker that sells pistol or rifle cartridges, shall keep a record of all sales of such cartridges sold, showing the description of the kind and caliber of cartridges so sold, the name, address and driver’s license or social security number of the purchaser, and the description of and the quantity of cartridges and...
  • Target breach likely an inside job, data security expert says

    01/11/2014 7:11:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 38 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-11-14 | Nick Woltman and Tom Webb
    Target's disclosure that hackers stole customers' names, home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses suggests that the crime was an inside job, a fraud analyst said Friday. The new batch of stolen identity information -- from up to 70 million additional Target customers -- is not stored on the point-of-sale devices used to pilfer the payment card data, said Avivah Litan, a fraud analyst at information technology firm Gartner. The fact that the thieves got access to a second data source makes it more likely they had the help of an insider.

    01/10/2014 12:21:53 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Insurance companies are still trying to sort out cases of so-called health insurance orphans, customers for whom the government has a record that they enrolled, but the insurer does not. Government officials say the problem is real but under control, with orphan records being among the roughly 13,000 problem cases they are trying to resolve with insurers. But insurance companies are worried the process will grow more cumbersome as they deal with the flood of...
  • Report Finds More Flaws in Digitizing Patient Files

    01/08/2014 6:56:33 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/8/2014 | Reed Abelson
    Although the federal government is spending more than $22 billion to encourage hospitals and doctors to adopt electronic health records, it has failed to put safeguards in place ... The report, released on Wednesday by the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department, is the second in two months to warn about flaws in the oversight of the ambitious federal program aimed at converting patient records from paper to electronic.
  • The many ways that you’re being tracked, catalogued and controlled

    01/06/2014 3:36:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Friendswood Journal ^ | January 6, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.” — Pratap Chatterjee, journalist What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect...
  • Now Disney Can Track Your Every Move with NSA-Style Wristbands

    01/03/2014 1:04:28 PM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Time ^ | January 2, 2013 | Eliana Dockterman
    Families planning trips to one of Disney’s theme parks can now get waterproof rubber wristbands embedded with computer chips in lieu of paper tickets. When scanned, the bands can act as a park entry ticket, a FastPass, a hotel room key and a credit card. The “Magic Bands” — which are currently optional — are part of a new MyMagic+ “vacation management system” that can track guests as they move throughout the park.
  • Facebook lawsuit over claims it spies on users' private messages to sell data to advertisers

    01/03/2014 9:14:23 AM PST · by DBCJR · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 08:25 EST, 3 January 2014 | By Ted Thornhill
    Facebook says the allegations 'have no merit' and has vowed to defend itself The lawsuit claims Facebook has violated the Electronic Communications Act A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook claiming the social-networking site is systematically snooping on private messages to mine data that it sells to advertisers. Matthew Campbell from Pulaski County, Arkansas, and Michael Hurley from North Plains, Oregon, argue that Facebook has ‘systematically violated consumers’ privacy by reading its users’ personal, private Facebook messages without their consent’. The suit claims that the messages are scanned if an address to a third-party website is included in the message....
  • Facebook Sued For Allegedly Selling Private Message Info To Marketers

    In tests of Facebook's private messaging system, researchers claim that sending a link to a web page may be counted as a "like" for that page, whether the sender liked it or not. In tests of Facebook’s private messaging system, researchers claim that sending a link to a web page may be counted as a “like” for that page, whether the sender liked it or not. Facebook, never exactly a paragon of privacy, has once again been sued by users over allegations of profiting off users’ personal data. This time, the plaintiffs claim that the website is turning links shared...
  • Facebook sued for allegedly scanning your private messages

    01/03/2014 2:45:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    zdnet ^ | 1/3/14 | Charlie Osborne
    Summary: A class-action suit claims that the social networking site monitors and uses your messages for advertising purposes. The class-action lawsuit, submitted by Arkansas lawyer Matt Campbell and Michael Hurley from Oregon on Monday at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says that the social networking giant monitors users' private messages in order to compile and mine data which can be used to profile web activity. This data can then allegedly be used for profit through sales to marketers and advertisers --who then can target ads based on the user's online behavior.