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