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What is truly annoying about Facebook's setup from a privacy perspective is that users have very little control over what other members post about them, particularly when it comes to photos and tagging, and the facial recognition feature further aggravates the situation...
https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/14280-Disabling-Facebooks-Facial-Recognition-for-Privacy.htmlWhat is truly annoying about Facebook's setup from a privacy perspective is that... more
Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search... more
A threat from the federal government to shut down Texas airports or cancel flights may have killed legislation by Tea Party conservatives in the Texas Capitol to prohibit federal Transportation Security Administration agents from conducting “invasive searches.”A threat from the federal government to shut down Texas airports or cancel flights may... more
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill was marked up by members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) last Wednesday that poured into Thursday morning (2:45 a.m. to be exact).National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill was marked up by members of the... more
Round two of the battle for travel freedom is well underway.
The first round, which garnered national attention in the fall of 2010, focused primarily on the TSA implementing new procedures…pat downs, body scanners….and the public outcry against it….boycotts, protests, calling congress to demand change.Round two of the battle for travel freedom is well underway. The first round, which... more
Demand Progress has the details for you Act now this an EMERGENCY for Freedom of Information and Internet as we know it act now or kiss it goodbye-Figgdimension
Shhh... We're not allowed to talk about it. The new Internet Blacklist Bill shows so little regard for free speech and Internet freedom that it would actually ban people from having serious conversations about the new Internet Blacklist Bill.
It would block "information location tools" from pointing to sites "suspected" of piracy. So that means that we couldn't send you a post , article, or email just like this one with links to the websites that were being prosecuted.
Will you click here
to urge Congress to oppose the ridiculous, obscene, draconian, PROTECT-IP Act?!
It's not an exaggeration for CNET's headline to shout, "Senate bill amounts to death penalty for websites." They say the draft bill "would certainly sweep in Google, Yahoo, and search engines, and may also cover many other Web sites."
Please help us fight this legislation, which is far worse than the first Internet Blacklist Bill -- just click here.
Thanks for standing with us,
-- The Demand Progress team
P.S. The new bill is a "death penalty for websites" and it's moving fast. We need to act quickly too , links and sources at site or Demand progress
http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/protectip_docs/?ak_proof=1&akid=624.246029.Xdd9bK&akid=627.355275.TyW4v9&rd=1&t=1&t=3Demand Progress has the details for you Act now this an EMERGENCY for Freedom of... more
Occasionally we may have the opportunity to live close to some of our relatives. Living close to our relatives is not always a positive thing. Here are ten reasons why such a choice can have negative results.
http://www.moversandpackers.org/blog/2011/10-good-reasons-to-not-live-near-relatives/Occasionally we may have the opportunity to live close to some of our relatives.... more
"Bill Murray saw his shadow on Groundhog Day. That means we're in for another year of artsy-fartsy movies." Stand-up comedian Chris Martin is ready for spring February 28, 2011 at Cafe Diem Comedy Night in Richmond, VA. Andrew Pauley is the MC.
http://chrismartincomedy.com"Bill Murray saw his shadow on Groundhog Day. That means we're in for... more
God forbid you were born prior to 1950 and/or your birth certificate was improperly filed or maybe the original copy that is embossed got lost in a house fire or a NUMBER of different reasons, you now are not ALLOWED to leave the country? THIS is America? EXCUSE me? I'm pretty sure my own original birth certificate DOES meet these requirements, but I think the original was lovingly taped to a page of my baby book by mom which is somewhere in my parents' home. I'm sure it's in a special fire safe or something since my parents are so organized. So whenever it is that I decide to get another passport I guess I have to go bug my parents, carry a really big baby book to some government office, and I hope I can pass as "American enough" to go on vacation? Even to Canada? Really?
Yet I guess it's no big deal if people are allowed to buy up all sorts of military assault rifles without any proof of mental sanity or criminal background check. That's cute. I know I was born into a country with a lot of really nice rights and freedoms. I was brainwashed by the powers that be in this country that a flag is holier than a Bible or a Constitution and that soldiers who are forced to go kill innocent brown people on other continents are "protecting my freedoms" and other such propaganda. Now that I'm 30 I've lost more and more of my rights. I don't have anymore rights to privacy, that's for sure. I don't have the right to get on an airplane without some pervert TSA agent either feeling up all my private parts or taking a naked x-ray scan of me, if I ever were to get an abortion I might be forced to do so within a couple of months and wait several days and hear my doctor read some stupid script and have a medically un-necessary ultrasound and prove I wasn't raped, I will never get the right to have Medicare when I am old let alone Social Security which I've been forced to pay into while working, the banks all got bailed out with TARP funds yet I still don't have the right to access my OWN money I earn and pay taxes on from an ATM machine without paying a $3 (and soon $5) fee because I guess the banks are big greedy babies who want it ALL, I don't have the right to clean air and water because our world leaders can't stop drilling for oil and spilling the crap all over the place, I don't have the right to my own cell phone if a cop decides to stop me for some arbitrary reason and demands I turn over the phone so they can remove the SIM card and steal all my PERSONAL phone information (not making that one up), and if certain GOP candidates God forbid win the 2012 presidency, children won't have the right to wear sagging pants (and probably not plumbers either as they'd be guilty of the same crime) but heroin MIGHT become legal. Yes, HEROIN, not pot. (Meaning the drug that kills people, not the one that makes you hungry for Cheetos.)
I am confused. WHAT country do I live in now? One with rights? Or a Capitalistic fascist one? I'm a little confused about what I was taught as a little kid when the school I went to insisted we recite the Pledge of Allegiance in addition to all the propaganda I got from the textbooks (ALL Texas based publishing company since schools never get to decide textbooks) which were completely focused on white men and wars and nothing else. War war war and more war and guns guns guns and bombs. What happened to the days of John Lennon and Peace and Love? Really, what has happened to my country? All because a really smart Harvard graduate black man got elected and a bunch of KKK Teabagging idiots can't stand that thought? The Tea Party wants us broke, stupid, trapped, with guns to our heads. That's the message I'm getting lately.
New U.S. Birth Certificate Requirement
Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.
For more information, see 22 CFR 51.42(a).
To obtain a new birth certificate, see the CDC.
In addition to this requirement, certified copies of birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of U.S. citizenship:
* Full name of the applicant
* Date of birth
* Place of birth
* Raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal of issuing authority
* Registrar’s signature
* The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office (must be within one year)
If you cannot obtain a birth certificate that meets these requirements, please see Secondary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship.God forbid you were born prior to 1950 and/or your birth certificate was improperly... more
privacy violation issues are also involved.
This will reduce the legwork for Governmental spying.
http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/internet-identity-card-being-introduced/Welcome step. privacy violation issues are also involved. This will reduce the... more
While Google has become associated with computing and the Internet in general, it attracts more grumbling and raised eyebrows than other heavyweights, such as Microsoft.
http://www.techtangerine.com/2010/02/21/five-cases-that-highlight-evil-at-google/While Google has become associated with computing and the Internet in general, it... more
Apple denied that the iPhone has a privacy problem Wednesday — and then promised to fix it. It took the technology giant a week to respond to a brouhaha over how the devices log their owners' movements.
link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110427/ap_on_hi_te/us_apple_iphone_trackingApple denied that the iPhone has a privacy problem Wednesday — and then promised... more
Apple confirms collecting location the data, but states that the information only reflects a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and transmission towers that a phone has come into signal range of - which is akin to saying your car is not tracked, just the streets it has been driven on...
https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/13339-Apple-Posts-Statement-on-iOS-Location-Data-Collection.htmlApple confirms collecting location the data, but states that the information only... more
Be aware of new online tracking system! It will allow websites to locate the user within a few hundred metres without permission. However, a new technique will reduce its radius.The Internet sites can get data about the user's internet connection and track the locations within 200 km. Leading website Daily Mail reports that a new technology however can minimise it to little as 100 metres.
LINK : http://www.breakingnewsonline.net/technology/8231-websites-tracking-users-without-permission.htmlBe aware of new online tracking system! It will allow websites to locate the user... more
Internet Privacy "BILL OF RIGHTS" excludes US govt agency
The war on terror and cybersecurity are excuses that have spurred huge investments into the surveillance industry, which has become a war on “liberty and privacy.”
Read the whole article, How Our Government is Tracking and Databasing Your Every Move, on www.conspiracywatch.net, at http://www.conspiracywatch.net/2011/04/how-our-government-is-tracking-and.html and find out how Big Brother is keeping tabs on us and what is He doing with that information.The war on terror and cybersecurity are excuses that have spurred huge investments... more
In an interview with TechCrunch last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said sharing private information online with the faceless masses had become a "social norm."Today, oversharing has become typical of online social networking, with people publicizing real-time information of where they are (Foursquare, Gowalla) and what they're doing (Twitter, Facebook).
LINK : http://news.discovery.com/tech/is-the-internet-destroying-privacy.htmlIn an interview with TechCrunch last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said sharing... more
One can't be too careful.
http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/facebook-shares-your-information-with-strangers/One can't be too careful.... more
The FBI pushed Thursday for more built-in backdoors for online communication, but beat a hasty retreat from its earlier proposal to require providers of encrypted communications services to include a backdoor for law enforcement wiretaps.
FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni told Congress that new ways of communicating online could cause problems for law enforcement officials, but categorically stated that the bureau is no longer pushing to force companies like RIM, which offers encrypted e-mail for business and government customers, to engineer holes in their systems so the FBI can see the plaintext of a communication upon court order.
“Addressing the Going Dark problem does not require fundamental changes in encryption
technology,” Caproni said in her written testimony (.pdf). “We understand that there are situations in which encryption will require law enforcement to develop individualized solutions.”
(“Going Dark” is the FBI’s codename for its multimillion-dollar project to extend its ability to wiretap communications as they happen.)
That’s a far cry from what Caproni told The New York Times last fall:
“No one should be promising their customers that they will thumb their nose at a U.S. court order,” Ms. Caproni said. “They can promise strong encryption. They just need to figure out how they can provide us plain text.”
Those remarks indicated the FBI seemed to want to revisit the encryption wars of the 1990s. That largely ended with the government scrapping its plans to mandate backdoors in encryption, after security researchers discovered flaws in the idea, and the National Research Council concluded that strong encryption made the country safer.
But that retreat didn’t satisfy Susan Landau, a privacy and cryptography expert who testified alongside Caproni in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee Thursday.
That’s because the FBI is still pushing for more online-communications companies to build real-time spying capabilities into their software, which Landau said will harm innovation and introduce security flaws that will be used against American companies, government agencies and citizens.
Innovation happens too fast on the internet to require companies that provide chat and voice-calling capabilities, which these days includes online games, social networking sites and a myriad of online chat and photo-sharing services, to comply with detailed wiretapping specifications that cost hundreds of dollars just to read, according to Landau.
“Requiring that internet applications with communications systems — [which] means anything from speak-to-tweet to Second Life to software supporting music-jam sessions — be vetted first will put American innovation at a global disadvantage,” Landau said. “For American competitiveness it is critical that we preserve the ease and speed with which innovative new communications technologies can be developed.”
And she added the wiretapping holes are serious security risks.
“Building wiretapping into communications infrastructure creates serious risk that the communications system will be subverted either by trusted insiders or skilled outsiders, including foreign governments, hackers, identity thieves and perpetrators of economic espionage,” Landau said in her written testimony (.pdf), pointing to incidents in Greece, Italy and the United States where equipment built to comply with U.S. wiretapping rules were subverted. Those rules, known as CALEA, were enacted in 1994 to require phone companies to engineer their networks to be wiretap-compliant. The rules were expanded by the FCC in the George W. Bush Administration to apply to ISPs as well.
The FBI’s further push for expanded powers to wiretap online communications in real time comes against the backdrop of revolutions in the Middle East that relied heavily on social media communication tools and as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for worldwide internet freedom.
“I urge countries everywhere to join the United States in our bet that an open internet will lead to stronger, more prosperous countries,” Clinton said Tuesday, speaking at George Washington University.
But Caproni argued that law enforcement officials are occasionally running into cases where criminals are using online communication tools that aren’t wiretappable in real-time, because the provider had not built-in that capability. Caproni did not mention that the FBI has not encountered a single case of encryption hampering its criminal investigations for the past four years, according to reports to Congress, nor that the FBI has never run into a single case over the last 10 years where it could not get the plaintext of a target’s communications.
Landau told Congress the FBI was overlooking some very good news.
“While there is a genuine problem with intercepting some communications, the FBI now has access to more
communications, and more metadata about communications, than ever before in history,” Landau said.
But Caproni said that’s not enough and the FBI needs to find new technical solutions — though she did add that the Obama administration has no “formal position at this time” about needed changes to the law.
But she warned Congress that the country was in danger from a surveillance gap.
“As the gap between authority and capability widens, the government is increasingly unable to collect valuable evidence in cases ranging from child exploitation and pornography to organized crime and drug trafficking to terrorism and espionage –- evidence that a court has authorized the government to collect,” Caproni said. “This gap poses a growing threat to public safety.”
Also on Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released some government documents about the FBI’s so-called Going Dark program, which it got under the Freedom of Information Act. Those documents show the project dates to 2006, and that the FBI had hired high-powered consultants from the Rand Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton to help come up with solutions.
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/02/fbi-backdoors/The FBI pushed Thursday for more built-in backdoors for online communication, but beat... more