Archive for the ‘trusted identity’ Category

BTC – According to reports from some healthcare privacy advocates, the pendulum may be swinging closer towards reasonable regards to privacy when it comes to selling healthcare reform to local constituencies.   The work of advocates is tough.  It’s very important to applaud their efforts to hang in there when they are fighting for our rights to a decent way of life.  When they make steps forward it is sometimes hard for the public to interpret how much of a win is actually, a win.  More often they need our help to affirm government leadership when they are moving in the right direction.

“It is my pleasure to announce… the Notice of Proposed Rule Making [NPRM] that will modify high tech, the HIPPA Privacy and Enforcement rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Healthcare Act…. As we enter into a new age of electronic health information exchanges that it is more important than ever to ensure greater consumer confidence in the privacy and security of their  health information and the industry’s use of new technology.

The NPRM being published strengthens the privacy and secuity protections of health information established under HIPPA as an integral part of the administration’s efforts to broaden the use of health information technology.” –

Georgina Verdugo, Director of the Office of Civil Rights, Dept. of Health & Human Services 

Backed up with:

“It’s important to understand that this announcement we are making today is part of an Administration-wide commitment to make sure no one has access to your personal information unless you want them to,” says HHS Secry. Sibelius

Steps like this do more to restore confidences lost.

However, it’s not enough to get what they want from the public: complicity with a system which gives the government more responsibility over surveilling sensitive information about their lives.

As I recall, at every opportunity given, government representatives have been dispatched to sell the American public on healthcare.  Now we get healthcare whether we want it or not, whether we are insured or not and the government can manage health records whether we want it or not.  The gap between what is said and what is done hasn’t helped to dial back the vigilance of critics. The public is now wiser to the political process after common privacy and freedoms have become subjective interpretive art for bureaucrats instead of rights and the rule of law.

The people extended a credit of trust over privacy which was unapologetically railroaded with FISA and the Patriot Act.  As a result we have mass galvanization of people who are seemingly ignored by our government.  I have interpreted the Tea Party as a label slapped on quickly by conventional media who are quick to misinterpret.  I think it deserves a new name to aptly reflect more of the truth: the Exploited Underemployed of America.   They are unified by things they can’t pay for.

Our government’s dalliances with totalitarian procedural fascism have trained the masses to not trust them.  With HIPPA, privacy advocates and civil libertarians will be waiting when the pendulum swings back the other way.

BTC – In case no one else has noticed, my blog wire has been completely taken over by a World of Warcraft gamer controversy due to a virtual “Real ID” mandate.  The crazy thing about the escalation of dissent against Blizzard has much ado over digital privacy.  The World of Warcraft creators teamed up with the privacy-identity pirates over at Facebook and named a new forum system “Real ID”. (Not a winner with the public.)

It’s unfortunate. Now that online trolls can find you and harass you at home some consumers are dumping the online gaming service altogether.  I guess teaming up with Blizzard seemed like a way for Facebook to stop the bleeding once privacy advocates declared war on their public-private collusion racket by LEAVING.  You can get more friends.  You can find another gaming community.  However,  it’s much harder to regain your privacy.  Like money or your virginity, once it’s gone, it’s gone.  So it is no game now that Blizzard sees customers ditching their services for the same reasons that people are abandoning Facecrook.


If the level of dissent displayed against Blizzard is any example of how online communities respond to Internet identity mandates, expressing complaints now might create a difference in national Cyber Security.  The White House has a new plan for a national online ID number.  Online users can share privacy concerns and problematic example experiences with Blizzard’s Real ID system and compare it to President Obama’s national online identity number proposal.   The National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace or the NSTIC forum on IdeaScale will be taking comments until July 19th, 2010.

The online number would be a tax-financed system for users to create a voluntary online ID number.   This number would be interoperable for use as proof of identity between users, financial institutions and other private services of their choice.  The good news is that NSTIC adopters, for now, can opt out if they want to stop using their online number.

Like Real ID (vs. RealID) and other national identity programs, NSTIC has some potential for mission creep and privacy flaws which is cause for concern.   One day we might inherit an online identifier which eventually gains so much steam from voluntary adoption that it replaces the Social Security number.  Let’s not forget why governments want to enumerate the people in the first place – population control.

So here’s to you, World of Warcraft gamers – because you deserve better.  Take time to read up on your  Social Networking Bill of Rights  and the NSTIC proposal.

Here’s a pathway to opting out of BLIZZARDs Real ID program.