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UPDATE: 8:30 AM EDT – PRESS CONFERENCE CANCELLED 


WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Administration officials will host a press conference call at 11:45 AM EDT to discuss a green paper report released by the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force that proposes a new policy framework to strengthen cybersecurity protections for businesses online that fall outside of the critical infrastructure sector.  


U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, along with White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, Internet Policy Task Force Chair Cameron Kerry and Internet Policy Advisor of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Ari Schwartz, will join the call to outline the strategy and key components of the report, as well as answer reporters’ questions. 

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:::Know any Electronic Privacy rockstars?  Preference Central wants to get your nominees on their 400 to follow list.

WIRED: White House Issues New Directive on Unclassified Information 
                See also their Threat Level Blog:: Sunshine & Secrecy

                Civil Liberties Watchdog Russ Feingold Loses Senate Seat
  
                Group Demands Immediate Halt of Full-Body Airport
                Scanners

WSJ:      EU Seeks Tougher Online Code in bid to safeguard data        
            
              Rutgers suicide case poses test for NJ privacy law 
               (use of webcams)

              What the Newly ElectedCongress Means for Business: 
              Telecomm – Technology             

House Republicans will likely put the brakes on efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to re-regulate Internet lines. Phone and cable companies are fighting the plan, and Republicans have already warned the FCC to drop the plan.

Telecom and tech policy issues are likely to take a back seat next year. But Republicans and Democrats could find common ground in efforts to write stronger rules on Internet privacy.On Wednesday, two leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas) and Rep. Ed Markey (D., Mass.), jointly warned that they plan to put “Internet privacy policies in the crosshairs” with hearings and legislation. 

–  Amy Schatz 

        See also: FCC’s November agenda has no mention of 
                       net neutrality 

WaPo:  Twitter hires ex-Senate aide Sharp to its first D.C. post
          
            Internet Privacy could be a priority for 112th Congress 


BTC – Lot’s of emphasis on free speech and political opinion, analysis and essentially taking a stand on the irritable climate for digital privacy.

“The distinction between content and transactional
records is breaking down.”
– ACLU Christopher Calabrese feat. in 

“It is now technologically possible to track everyone all the time, essentially,” Mr. Calabrese said. “Congress needs to recognize that new reality and treat this information as private.”

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Here is second life for news that matters:

Barksdale, from Google… yeah he did watch some kids.

U.S. Cybersecurity Plans Lagging

Internet users being tracked and information sold

DHS doesn’t just make the news, it reports on the reporters!

`Deeply embarrassed’ Pa. governor shuts down intelligence reports on peaceful protesters

PUBLIC INPUT c/o PRIVACY LIVES: DHS Proposes Rulemaking on Information Sharing Environment System of Records

TODAY ON WAKING UP ORWELL

LISTEN : DNA Captures & the law with Dr. Deborah Peel


DNA’s use in making or breaking criminal justice cases has been instrumental in recent history. However, an equally recent practice is being abused. Patients’ DNA is being collected and stored without their knowlege or consent. Those with questions about their health and their digital privacy should tune in for our interview with Patient Privacy Rights’, Dr. Deborah Peel. Patient Privacy Rights is the nation’s leading health privacy watchdog. Deborah Peel, MD founded Patient Privacy Rights in 2004, now with 10,000 members in every state.

National ID bashing with CATO’s policy brand Jim Harper


Let’s fisk a DHS press release! It’s the “Statement by DHS Press Secretary Sara Kuban on Markup of the Pass ID Bill by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.” Here goes [DHS news release in italics]:

On the same day that Secretary Napolitano highlighted the Department’s efforts to combat terrorism and keep our country safe during a speech in New York City,

This part is true: Secretary Napolitano was in New York speaking about terrorism.

Congress took a major step forward on the PASS ID secure identification legislation.

There was a markup of PASS ID in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. It’s a step — not sure how major.

PASS ID is critical national security legislation

People who have studied identity-based security know that knowing people’s identities doesn’t secure against serious threats, so this is exaggeration.

that will break a long-standing stalemate with state governments

Thirteen states have barred themselves by law from implementing REAL ID, the national ID law. DHS hopes that changing the name and offering them money will change their minds.

that has prevented the implementation of a critical 9/11 recommendation to establish national standards for driver’s licenses.

The 9/11 Commission devoted three-quarters of a page to identity security — out of 400+ substantive pages. That’s more of a throwaway recommendation or afterthought. False identification wasn’t a modus operandi in the 9/11 attacks, and the 9/11 Commission didn’t explain how identity would defeat future attacks. (Also, using “critical” twice in the same sentence is a stylistic no-no.)

As the 9/11 Commission report noted, fraudulent identification documents are dangerous weapons for terrorists,

No, it said “travel documents are as important as weapons.” It was talking about passports and visas, not drivers’ licenses. Oh — and it was exaggerating.

but progress has stalled towards securing identification documents under the top-down, proscriptive approach of the REAL ID Act

True, rather than following top-down prescription, states have set their own policies to increase driver’s license security. It’s not necessarily needed, but if they want to they can, and they don’t need federal conscription of their DMVs to do it.

– an approach that has led thirteen states to enact legislation prohibiting compliance with the Act.

“. . . which is why we’re trying to get it passed again with a different name!”

Rather than a continuing stalemate with the states,

Non-compliant states stared Secretary Chertoff down when he threatened to disrupt their residents’ air travel, and they can do the same to Secretary Napolitano.

PASS ID provides crucial security gains now by establishing common security standards for driver’s licenses

Weak security gains, possibly in five years. In computer science — to which identification and credentialing is akin — monoculture is regarded as a source of vulnerability.

and a path forward for ensuring that states can electronically verify source documents, including birth certificates.

We’re on the way to that cradle-to-grave biometric tracking system that will give government so much power over every single citizen and resident.

See? That was fun!


PASS ID: A kinder, gentler National ID
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