The incoming Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised to combat what he denounced as President George W. Bush's war-time trampling of American rights and laws. [Of course he will try to seize our guns.]
After more than eight years in prison, a frail and dying Dr. Jack Kevorkian will be paroled in June with a promise that he won't assist in any more suicides, a prison spokesman said.
The next phase calls for animals to be assigned 15-digit numbers and given tags, either individually or, in the case of animals that are sold in lots, like pigs and poultry, collectively, according to the agency’s user guide for the system. Electroni
Jackson acknowledges some discomfort over the decision to give information to the feds without legal process -- a move that could save e-gold from further law enforcement aggression, while tarnishing its libertarian sheen. His lawyers aren**Q*
In what appears to be one of the largest computer security breaches ever at an American university, one or more hackers have gained access to a UCLA database containing personal information on about 800,000 of the university's current and former
The government is tracking your transactions to help find terror suspects -- a move that makes about as much sense as assigning guilt based on Google keyword searches.
Customers of St.Paul-based Western Bank will soon have to jump through a few extra hoops to log into their accounts online. In addition to their standard username and password, customers at the bank will be instructed to choose a picture
Everywhere he goes this week, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is being dogged by questions about the illegality of the “Automated Targeting System” we pointed out in our comments filed Monday.
The RFID Guardian Project is a collaboative project focused upon providing security and privacy in a Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) systems.Entered By: Jean Carbonneau
Japanese authorities decided to start chipping school children in one primary school in Osaka a couple of years ago. The kids clothes and bags were fitted with RFID tags with readers installed in school gates and other key locations
The US Supreme Court will allow federal prosecutors to begin reviewing the phone records of New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Philip Shenon, even though the newspaper has said the review may compromise the confidentiality of its reporters**Q*
Drivers who get stopped by the police could have their fingerprints taken at the roadside, under a new plan to help officers check people's identities. A hand-held device being tested is linked to a database of 6.5m prints.
For all the sound and fury in the last year, the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program continues uninterrupted, with no definitive action by either Congress or the courts on what, if anything, to do about it, and little chance of a breakthro
The American Civil Liberties Union announced the filing of five friend-of-the-court briefs in support of its successful challenge to the National Security Agency's illegal domestic spying program, which the government has appealed.
Sacramento peace protesters were targeted by a widespread domestic spying operation in which the Pentagon monitored anti-war groups across the country, newly released government documents show.
The NSA is not required to release details about its secret wiretapping program, a federal judge said Monday. The People of the American Way Foundation, a liberal advocacy group, sued to obtain records under the FOIA. The group sought to find out h
Several years ago word got round that the US government was going to put an RFID chip into a passport. Privacy advocates rallied and ranted about the insecurity of the techology, the lack of standards, the foibles of technological advance, and the m
Social mapping on cellphones is not all that new; it's just the next stage in social networking. With G.P.S.equipped cell phones, the Beacon Buddy will allow automatic cellphone location updates.
A US federal judge has rejected requests from US government and telecom firm lawyers to immediately freeze domestic spying lawsuits while an appeals court considers whether national security would be threatened in trying them.
Passports which have rocketed in value to make them more secure can be easily cloned using a microchip reader bought over the internet for less than £100.
IBM Corp. hopes to capitalize on the enormous growth in video surveillance by selling technology from its research labs that performs real-time analysis on footage captured by security cameras in stores and sensitive locales.
US privacy protections rank among the worst in the democratic world, a London-based privacy organization said Wednesday. Privacy International ranked 36 nations around the globe, including all European Union nations and other major
Well that didn't take long. It's been roughly a whole month since the US has been issuing passports with RFID chips in them, and already they've been hacked. In theory, at least. The hack was released late last week and is now making t
The story seems simple enough. An outside privacy and security advisory committee to the Dept of Homeland Security penned a tough report concluding the government should not use chips that can be read remotely in ID documents. But
The ombudsman for the New York Times now says that the paper was wrong to report on the Bush Administration's "once-secret banking-data surveillance program." [There's a paper for you.]
They call it the "Johnny Carson attack," for this comic pose as a psychic divining the contents of an envelope. Tom Heydt-Benjamin tapped an envelope against a black plastic box connected to his computer. Within moments,
Swiss banks broke their nation’s laws by providing banking information to American counterterrorism officials, Switzerland’s top data-protection official said. The banks, known for safeguarding privacy, should have informed customers using the Swi
In the name of "fighting terrorism" the Bush administration appears to have succeeded in convincing Congress that to succeed in the "Global War on Terror," the Fourth Amendment must not only yield, but be destroyed.
The government can continue to listen in on phone calls and e-mails overseas until its appeal of a federal judge's ruling outlawing the eavesdropping program is decided, the U.S. Appeals Court in Cincinnati ruled.
(Stu Krone warned us at the Summit last November.) Here's a list of reasons to get rid of your hell phone. Yeah, it might be a little inconvient, but what's more important, inconvienece, or one's privacy.