"First of all, I think it’s fiction that they say, “Well we only collect information on foreigners.” Who cares? The U.S. will collect information on Canadians, Canadians will collect information on Americans, and vice versa with the Five Eyes, each being each other’s eyes."
Continuing on from here, a review of the debate from a Canadian perspective. Immediately after the debate in Toronto, the conversation continued online. Hosted by Dr. Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and joined by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, as well as Joseph Menn, Technology Projects Reporter with Thomson Reuters. Transcript below fold. Read more about Post Munk Debate Show - transcript
Munk Debate on State Surveillance, last Friday, May 2nd, in Toronto. Glenn Greenwald and Alexis Ohanian versus Michael Hayden and Alan Dershowitz.
Tossing bouquets to Glenn and Alexis, thank you so much, and thanks as well to Canada and host Munk Debates.
Drinking game: First person to say "unconstitutional."
I can't get to my Yahoo e-mail account because I have to hit a Switch Now button that says I have read and agree to... a block of very fine, very faint gray print. Thing is, I don't agree. I just don't. Read more about Common Household Remedies Request
Joseph Kishore in “Obama administration collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans”
The Obama administration is engaged in a secret and illegal dragnet to accumulate detailed phone records of tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of US residents in a program organized by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Off and on, Correntians bemoan the lack of an alternative to Google as a search engine. I use Yippie! and the 100 Search Engine plug-in for Firefox to avoid using Google. I just came across this interesting idea and wanted to share it with everyone: YaCy. YaCy (maybe that is slang spelling for "You See"?) is a distributed search engine that works by enlisting the computers of all users who install the open source free software. It's worth checking out, I think. The search results are quite limited right now, but who knows what they'll look like in a year or two? Read more about Distributed Search Engine
For this to work, a person only needs to have logged into Facebook or Twitter once in the past month. The sites will continue to collect browsing data, even if the person closes their browser or turns off their computers, until that person explicitly logs out of their Facebook or Twitter accounts, the study found.
During a training session at Miami International Airport, a TSA supervisor joked about the size of the manhood of one of his colleagues who had just stepped into the machine. The supervisor was operating the equipment when he made the remark - so his joke could have been based on facts.
The group, the Digital Due Process coalition, is calling for a federal law requiring police to obtain search warrants before tracking Americans' cell phone locations or accessing their e-mail and documents stored in the cloud--positions that place its members squarely at odds with the Obama Justice Department.
Given the presence of so many major players one hopes that something might come of this. Read more about Digital Due Process
In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their--or at least their cell phones'--whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that "a customer's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records" that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.
* FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited
* Police want backdoor to Web users' private data
* Police survey provides glimpse of Net-surveillance figures
Every security expert I have ever spoken with tells me that lack of privacy is itself a security vulnerability. Read more about All your data belongs to the US government
Further, Ignani said that requiring covered entities to account for all disclosures of personal health information would discourage use of electronic health records systems because of the intense labor required to document all disclosures of electronic data.
AHIP's concerns rest with provisions that would further restrict use of patient data for payment, treatment and operational functions.
The federal government would subsidize up to 65% of COBRA health insurance payments for many individuals who have lost their jobs since Sept. 1, 2008, under an $825 billion stimulus package unveiled by House Democrats.