Presidential Candidate ███ █████ Dumps Emails, Home Addresses, SSN of Florida Residents Online. Oops.

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Jeb Bush dumps emails including social security numbers of Florida residents online
Jeb Bush, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate, just decided to publish hundreds of thousands of emails sent to him during his time as governor of Florida. On its face it seems like a…

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Verizon Killed The Privacy Star

Verizon Wireless shows why net neutrality must be extended to wireless carriers, IMHO.

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Verizon’s ‘Perma-Cookie’ Is a Privacy-Killing Machine | WIRED
Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit. The company—one the country’s largest wireless carriers, providing cell phone service for about 123 million subscribers—calls…

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Terrible Trouble: NCTC

A controversial proposal to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens, was signed into effect earlier this year after much debate. The rules allow the National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them

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U.S. Terror Agency to Tap Citizen Files
Through Freedom of Information Act requests and interviews with officials at numerous agencies, The Wall Street Journal has reconstructed the clash over the counterterrorism program within the adminis…

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Cop Log

It's log, it's log,
It's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
It's log, it's log, it's better than bad, it's good.

Ah, Ren & Stimpy, so ahead of their time. So, the police would like all text messages, which T-Mobile doesn't store at all, for example, to be stored for 2 years, to help with fishing expeditions.  Oh, and if you could pay for all the systems that would be required, that would be great, too.


What rolls down stairs
and over the chairs
and into your neighbor's dog?
It fits on your back,
It's good for a snack,
Everyone knows it's log.
It's log, it's log,
It's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
It's log, it's log, it's better than bad, it's good.

Everyone wants a log
You're gonna love it, log
Come on and get your log
Everyone needs a log
log log log



Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans’ text messages
State and local law enforcement groups want wireless providers to store detailed information about your SMS messages for at least two years — in case they’re needed for future criminal investigations…

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Fishing Expeditions

Full Disk Encryption
Two Factor Authentication

Do yourself a favor and insist on these two tools to protect your information.  The price of irony, as seen this his article, can be very high.


Ex-NASA Scientist’s Effort to Protect Privacy Is Frustrated by Courts and Thieves
A former astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California sued NASA, claiming its background checks violated his privacy rights. He lost the case, but his claim now has proved true.

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We Don't Need No Stinking Badges

The students are required to where these badges, the location of which can be determined 24 hours a day by those who are in proximity and receive the signal from the active RFID tag with the correct reader. Apparently the school reluctantly agreed to remove the tag and battery, but insited the ID would still have to be worn. 

The offer would also require the Hernandez family to end their public criticism and agree to support the policy, something Andrea’s father Steve Hernandez finds unacceptable.

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The company that provides the technology:

The school district's info page:

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Student Andrea Hernandez Expelled for Refusing to Wear Location Tracking RFID Badge
Andrea Hernandez is being expelled from John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas on November 26th, for refusing to wear a RFID tracking ID badge, according to a letter sent by the school district t…

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