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“People will be able to opt out of receiving all 
but the presidential alerts.”

BTC – Today is May 11th – 6th Anniversary of the passage of the Real ID Act.  Downsize D.C. [ ol’ faithful] calls in for back up with some D.i.Y DIRECT ACTION towards the repeal of Real ID.

Obviously it’s about a lot more than just Real ID anymore. The world is filled with all kinds of nasty data surveillance, data siezures, identity theft and information fleecing. Whether it’s public or private, it’s like living in public nowadays.

Here is second life for news that matters:

Every Six Hours, the NSA Gathers as Much Data as Is Stored in the Entire Library of Congress

Revised ‘Net Censorship Bill Requires Search Engines To Block Sites, Too SO…there’s an ACTION ALERT: ICA sounds the alarm on.NET surveillance, siezures, KEEP DUMPING ON COMMENTS

MORE GRILLED APPLE & HANDHELDS: DOJ wants wireless providers to store user info -You can watch how the AG and Congress is handling mobile  privacy here on CSPAN.  Meanwhile, theres a federal pilot to put chips in cellphones for govt. sponsored alerts in NYC and D.C.

Copious Commentary ala .GOV data surveillance FLOGGER Jim Harper, who has to ask thrice: DO YOU WANT PRIVACY? Terms and conditions apply….If you want Privacy, we start by blinding you! Then increase government surveillance! Nevermind! WE NEED TO CENSOR! 

ZDNet’s David Chernoff rebutts, Want privacy? Take Responsibility.

Facebook is still in denial that people want privacy at all… Mission control; we certainly have a problem.

IF YOU WERE IN A COMA…’s THREAT LEVEL BLOG has been doing some exclusive coverage of the FBI’s mobile surveillance package which fits onto your car.  There’s a battle brewing over FBI’s warrantless GPS tracking devices.  They cover how to inspect and remove one of these bastards if you find one on your car.

FYI: There’s an International Summit on Health Privacy June 13 in Washington, D.C.


This one goes to Hawaii for all of the exhaustive inquiry into identity articles.

c/o Honolulu Star

Question: Regarding the Department of Homeland Security giving states until January 2013 to comply with the REAL ID Act (Kokua Line, April 21): Does any Hawaii license issued so far comply? I got my driver’s license in March, but I can’t tell the new one from the old one. (Combination of two questions.)

Answer: No Hawaii driver’s license or state ID card is fully compliant with security features required under the REAL ID Act, according to the city Motor Vehicles & Licensing Division and state ID Office.

Under the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID mark guidelines, a fully compliant card will feature a gold circle with a star cut out to reveal the background. That mark will be placed on the front top third of the license or ID.

Here is second life for news that matters:

Banks to Lead U.S. Online ID Strategy

White House cyber czar: “Trusted Identities program is a secure “ecosystem”, not a national ID card”

The New York Yankees and responsible for 30,000 more data loss victims

Why Voter ID Laws Are Not The Answer 

Who else is tracking your location?

Data Privacy Put to the Test in a Supreme Court Case

Zero Privacy, Big Data, Oxygen Deprived Birthers

Former Miss USA, Susie Castello alleges sexual assault by TSA

BTC – In this Homeland Security Today piece, Big Data states their case for evaluating pre-crime, threat levels, Suspicious Activity Reporting (SARs) and protective policy towards government officials after the Tuscon shootings.  [Probable cause is mentioned…once.]

“The Federal Court Security Improvement Act of 2007 specifically directed the US Attorney General to make grants available to each state. One of the main purposes of the Act is to provide funding for states to establish and maintain a threat assessment database that includes threats against institutions and officials at the state and local level. Even though this law is several years old, progress in creating these “databases” seems slow. At the same time, other information sharing initiatives – Fusion Centers and Real Time Crime Centers – that have sprung up since September 11, have been slow to acknowledge that this type of threat information is relevant to their mission.”  :::MORE HERE:::

About the Author

Director of law enforcement solutions on the Memex Solutions Team at SAS, Stephen Serrao is a former New Jersey State Police Counterterrorism Bureau Chief. SAS is the leading worldwide provider of intelligence management and data analytics solutions for law enforcement, military intelligence and commercial organizations. Steve can be reached at steve.serrao(at)

BTC – A correction was made. Tax Day is in fact April 18th, 2011 vs. April 15th as commonly considered. Unless of course, April 15th falls on a Friday.

The following Department of Commerce Meeting will webcast live at 11:30 AM EDT.

4-15-2011- Doors opens at 11:00 a.m. for viewing of technology demonstrations.  Program starts at 11:30 a.m.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Senior White House Officials to Unveil Administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

Strategy lays out vision for a more secure online environment, led by private-sector technology innovations

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be joined by Chair of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt to release the administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) – a White House initiative to improve online security, increase privacy and foster economic growth and innovation online. Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the event will include a panel discussion with industry leaders and privacy advocates, as well as demonstrations of innovative smart technologies being developed to improve online authentication. 

NSTIC is a key building block in the national effort to secure cyberspace. According to industry surveys, as many as 8 million Americans are victims of online fraud and identity theft each year and lose an average of $631 out-of-pocket per incident. Through a private sector-led effort facilitated by the government, NSTIC aims to make online transactions more trustworthy and enhance consumers’ privacy, thereby giving businesses and consumers more confidence to conduct business online.
To learn more about the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, visit the NSTIC website at:

WHO: Gary Locke, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

  • Gene B. Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and
  • Director of the National Economic Council
  • Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Howard A. Schmidt, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator
  • Ann Beauchesne, Vice President National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator, Maryland 
  • Dan Lungren, U.S. Representative, California


  • Leslie Harris, President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology 
  • Susan Landau, Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University 
  • Eric Sachs, Senior Product Manager, Internet Identity, Google


Release of the Administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace 
Friday, April 15th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. EST

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062


FORBES c/o Amy Ferrer @BORDC

State sneaks RFID into license regulations in Transport bill, SB 1150
c/o Liberty Underground [CORRECTION: There is no mention of RFID in the amendment.]

UPDATE 2:50PM EDT – Floridians Against Real ID claim concerns over RFID are founded due to broad topology language in Sen. Flores amendment. “RFID does not change the width of the license,” says Paul Henry, Executive Director of  Floridians Against Real ID, whose efforts are to rule out chances Florida licenses will become Real ID compliant.  Florida’s current license regulations favor Real ID, which may include RFID.

BTC-  The SB 1150 amendment reads as follows:

Page 1 of 2 3/30/2011

322.145 Electronic authentication of licenses.—

(1) Any driver’s license issued on or after July 1, 2012, must contain a means of electronic authentication, which conforms to a recognized standard for such authentication, such as public key infrastructure, symmetric key algorithms, security tokens, mediametrics, or biometrics. Electronic authentication capabilities must not interfere with or change the driver’s license format or topology.

It reads as if it were an online authentication structure like NSTIC, but applied to a drivers license. Maybe because that’s the idea, to provide a voluntary online authentication option to drivers licenses.

(2) The department shall provide, at the applicant’s option and at the time a license is issued, a security token that can be electronically authenticated through a personal computer. The token must also conform to one of the standards provided subsection (1).

Could this be a new legislative campaign to bring licenses into the digital infrastructure, so identity grabs can go to one stop swapping?   What is not clear is whether the authentication systems will be secure, who has access to the information, where license data lands after authentication and all of the same old pesky big database queries.  [Not that this has anything to do with this Florida amendment possibly being hatched in concept at the NY Big Data conference… Of course, we can’t prove that!]  All the same “who governs data” is becoming the new question, rather than who owns data.  Let’s just pray it isn’t IBM.

ACTION TO FOLLOW c/o Floridians Against Real ID

“Please call or email the amendment’s sponsor, Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami), who is the Republican “Whip” at 850-487-5130 (Tallahassee) or 305-270-6550 (Miami). Her email address is . 

Please ask every one you know to call or email on this important subject.

Tell her it is unacceptable to add RFID chips or any electronic devices to our Florida driver’s licenses, especially through the backdoor via an amendment. The “party of small government” is growing the government with bills such as these, which will bring additional costs and less liberty. RFID chips can be easily read and hacked.”

Thank you,

Paul Henry, Executive Director –Floridians Against REAL ID

BTC – IBM is that nasty guy at the Info Bar who slips something into your beverage while you are distracted and then takes full advantage before you come to.  Guys like that believe, inherently, you want your non-consensual compromise as badly as they do.

“It [BIG DATA] will change our existing notions of privacy. A surveillance society is not only inevitable, it’s worse. It’s irresistible,” said Jeff Jonas, a distinguished engineer with IBM. Jonas spoke to a packed house of several hundred people Wednesday at the Structure Big Data 2011 conference here.


How predictable!  IBM, Verichip wundersponsor, can’t help but love systemic numerical processing of people’s information for cash!  Ahem … excepting the deep privacy argument that information surveillance doesn’t really happen- or even start- with bonafide informed consent, simply distracted consent.  Between TIME’s coverage of the great data heist of 2011 and the Wall Street Journal’s “What They Know” columns; Washington has been successfully cornered on the massive problem of unaccountable data brokerages and the information surveillance of millions of people.

Let’s not forget what we are up against; an entire unchecked industry who -for lack of limits- has grown not only entitled, by years of unchecked precedent, but also super-rich.   A simple protest in NYC is not fixing this…

Here is second life for news that matters.

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Browser Beware: Washington Weighs Online Consumer Privacy

Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You

Big Data to revolutionize Healthcare according to ONC 

Europe and U.S. converging on Internet privacy

Are 95% of People Investigated Under New FBI Guidelines Innocent, but Entered into Database?