Conservative Group targets protesters with personal database

from Facing South Sue Sturgis / June 19, 2013 via Portside list-serve Art Pope-funded group launches database targeting Moral Monday arrestees The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database targeting people who’ve been arrested as part of the Moral Monday nonviolent protests at the state […]

EFF: Congress Shamefully Passes CISPA; Stop US Senate

CISPA is a poorly drafted bill that would provide a gaping exception to bedrock privacy law

Papa Hemingway and FBI

IW:  They said Hemingway committed suicide because of his paranoid delusions.  Proof of this was his constant talk of being under FBI surveillance.  I mean, come on.  Until this New York Times article turned up this weekend titled Hemingway, Hounded by the Feds: Decades later, in response to a Freedom of Information petition, the F.B.I. released its […]

NYCLU Calls for Greater Privacy Protections as New York Transitions to Electronic Medical Records

At a joint hearing today of two New York City Council committees, the New York Civil Liberties Union raised serious privacy concerns related to New York State’s ongoing transition to electronic medical records. “Sharing health information among health care providers will likely benefit patients greatly, but to recognize this benefit we need to take steps […]

Important Information about Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we’ve reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year. Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about […]

Are you being farmed?: WSJ uncovers more FaceBook privacy concerns…

    Do you farm? If you do…companies and advertisers on FaceBook may be farming for information about you AND your friends… (excerpt from) The Wall Street Journal “Facebook in Privacy Breach Top-Ranked Applications Transmit Personal IDs, a Journal Investigation Finds” by Emily Steel and Geoffrey A. Fowler / October 18, 2010 A pull quote: […]

Privacy Issue: Pools in Riverhead, etc.

Update, September 9, 2010: The Town decided to end their program of using Google Earth to locate residents’ pools. Story at Newsday: here. Kimberly writes: The Town of Riverhead in Long Island has been using Google Earth to spy on residents and discover if they have pools without permits. There are so many layers of […]

Rant and request for help: Mercenary marketing

I just realized that one of the organizations I work for is misrepresented, and appears with a wrong address, at Yahoo Local and Merchant Circle. They are factually incorrect on the address, and I just want it changed or removed. But…it is a game. You cannot contact them to complain, unless you: For Merchant Circle […]

FBI’s Most Wanted: Your Browsing Activity

from Mashable FBI Director Robert Mueller wants ISPs to track “origin and destination information” about their customers’ browsing habits and store them for authorities’ use for two years, according to a CNET report. That would mean monitoring the IP addresses, domains and exact websites users visit, and then storing that information for months. If officials […]

Caster Semenya: Sports, gender identity, privacy

Quick summary: When track athlete Caster Semenya started standing out as a competitor, and as someone who looks different, The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) asked her to submit to a gender test. The testing takes awhile, so it was an ongoing controversy as Semenya won a gold medal. My thoughts: It is an […]

Take note for your own civil liberties: Judge in Hauser/Chemo case

Update and where to donate in next post and: here.  I do not think that the government, nor medical establishment, handled the Daniel Hauser/Chemotherapy case well at all. I think that various government entities made oppressive moves against the young man and his family. And, now I think that the judge in this case made […]

Monster Among Us video

Watch spoken word artists Steve Connell and Sekou (tha misfit) defend the need for privacy and protection against new technology and surveillance in “Monster Among Us,” a new piece written by Steve and Sekou and directed by Peter Smith for the ACLU. For more Steve & Sekou go to http://www.aclu.org/unabridged

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