Archive for the ‘ECPA’ Category

Here is second life for news that matters (weekend update):

Is Deidentification Sufficient to Protect 
Health Privacy in Research?

NYT : U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

“Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.”

COMMENTARY c/o Seth Schoen, for EFF :
“US Government Seeks Back Door Into All Our Communications”

WHAT THE HELL IS “COICA”?   Senator Patrick Leahy  introduced the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) = Censorship of the Internet.  

Meanwhile… in the UK: ‘They asked me where Bin Laden was, then they took my DNA’
See also: The CIA and U.S.

Database of suspicious activity going live with little attention c/o Center for Invesitagtive Reporting

REAL ID OP-ED: To serve and protect: Or, enslave and oppress

“Only Michigan and North Carolina have joined Florida in aggressively upgrading their I.D.s since 9/11. While Alabama, California and North Dakota have made progress in complying with Real I.D., not the many other states Mrs. Sikes’ letter infers.

There is a rule of thumb that I always use, Mrs. Sikes, any time a government worker or politician uses terms such as “To serve and protect,” I always substitute “To enslave and oppress.”

Therefore, your letter should have read “The Legislature enacted this law in order to oppress the citizens of Florida!”

ESTA fees: the whole is worse than the sum of its parts
c/o Papers, Please

New U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations took effect this month that combine two bad ideas — fees to encourage foreigners to visit the US by charging them more to do so, and fees for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) — in a way that creates new possibilities for travel surveillance and control that are far worse than either component alone.

ALSO SEE: How will Secure Flight be enforced?

Robocopywright  ACTA c/o Loss of Privacy 

HOT SHEETS:  ECPA Reform and the Revolution in Cloud Computing

A Surveillance State Coda