(because they can) Second, privacy will take center stage, as Congress confronts the problem of authorizing and controlling mass surveillance by government agents, while making little change in the rules that permit targeted surveillance of individua
Adoption of RFID tags did not meet projections last year, but baggage tracking, fashion and smartcards will to drive growth this year. RFID analyst IDTechEx says sale of one billion tags in 2006 was below forecasts but more than 1.7 billion tags
How much would you sell your private data to a company for? Would you take $100 to let someone see every site your have visited over the past year, how about $1,000? Today, many major companies spend millions collectingEntered By: Jean Carbonneau
The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.
At first it was hailed as a victory for civil liberties. But last week’s announcement that warrantless domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency has come to an end means less than it first appears.
A lawsuit challenging the legality of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program should be thrown out because the government is now conducting the wiretaps under the authority of a secret intelligence court, according to cour
The Bush administration has employed extraordinary secrecy in defending the NSA’s highly classified domestic surveillance program from civil lawsuits. Plaintiffs and judges’ clerks cannot see its secret filings. Judges have to make appointments to re
A Dutchman dressed as the unpredictable master criminal The Joker from Batman managed to get himself a national ID card, despite supposedly stringent new rules which outlaw grins, funny faces, and head coverings from passport pics.
Stone said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI are conducting a joint investigation into Earnshaw's medical practice. As part of the discovery stage of the investigation, FBI officials are electronically scanning thousands of records in
On Monday, two groups filed FIA requests seeking information regarding warrantless mail surveillance, which was authorized by President Bush through a "signing statement" that went largely unnoticed in December. The ACLU
U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte cited the Bush administration's recently disbanded domestic spying program as a critically important post-September 11 change in intelligence practices.
The Treasury Department reported to Congress that a data-collection program to give counterterrorism analysts routine access to as many as 500 million cross-border financial transactions a year could not be implemented until 2010. The department had
Like many Americans, Bernard uses modern gadgets to make life easier, and along the way creates a data trail that others can access and preserve, sometimes permanently. Every Internet search resides on a computer somewhere. Comings and goings are mon
Nick Clegg MP, the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, said that the official study on trials of iris-recognition equipment at airports had highlighted major failures in the technology. Clegg warned this is the further evidence
The military's expanded use of the records authority was first reported yesterday on the Web site of the New York Times, which said that military officials had made more than 500 such requests since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Quoting unnamed mi
Deep into an updated Army manual, the deletion of 10 words has left some national security experts wondering whether government lawyers are again asserting the executive branch’s right to wiretap Americans without a court warrant. The manual, desc
Interviews with law professors, postal officials, congressional aides and civil liberties advocates produced the consensus that the government already possessed this limited letter-opening power under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The Pentagon has been using a little-known power to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage inside the US, part of an aggressive expansion by the military into domestic intelligence ga
Melodie Baker said she is afraid the data collected by the drones "would be used the wrong way." County Commission Wayne Butts said, "They may be taking pictures of a plant or two, but where does it stop? Do we have to grab our pitchfo
The government agreed to no longer disseminate student information to law enforcement, intelligence and other agencies and to stop collecting student Social Security numbers.
Any system that encrypts your entire hard drive is overkill for most PC users. I prefer encrypted safes, which are files that contain encrypted folders and files. To the outside world, a safe looks like a big file filled with gobbledygook.
The Department of Homeland Security has a special office that monitors the “privacy implications” of its plans. A more honest name would be “The Office of Public Pacification,” as it repeatedly assures the reader that their “privacy” is secure.
Believe it or not, it is legal for Snap to refuse cash. By law, cash must be accepted to pay for all taxes and debts. But there is no federal law mandating that a private business must accept cash.
Phoenix flyers will soon be the first travelers digitally stripped naked by a Transportation Security Agency X-Ray machine that uses a technology called "backscatter." The device, known by the unfortunate name of Rapiscan Secure 1000, bounc
Homeland Security Department sent a letter apologizing to a Muslim woman who was detained at the Tampa airport and strip searched at a county jail. Safana Jawa was detained because of a suspected tie to a suspicious person. Held for 2 days before bei
Technology exists for good or bad. Government's interest is almost always bad. You need to see this video on an Automated Licnse Plate Recognition system. Good in identifying stolen vehicles, bad in scoring traffic revenue.
The Justice Department is building a massive database that allows state and local police officers around the country to search millions of case files from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement agencies, according
By gathering passenger data from commercial brokers in 2004 without notifying the passengers, the program violated a 1974 Privacy Act requirement. [And the punishment?]
An 84-year-old man who is accused of removing his elderly wife from a nursing home and taking her to Florida was released from jail on a personal bond today by a District Court judge.
A South Dakota newspaper has published a database of every CCW permit holder in South Dakota prior to the passage of a state law designed to seal such data from the general public. Of course this wouldn't be an issue if individuals hadn't all