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UK government plans to monitor all conversations on social networking sites

UK government plans to monitor all conversations on social networking sites

Privacy campaigners expressed alarm today over government plans to monitor all conversations on social networking sites in an attempt to crackdown on terror. A Home Office spokesman said that the internet eavesdropping plan, which would be set out in the next few weeks, would cover any social network that allows people to chat to one another, [...]

TSA: More gate searches in store for fliers

TSA: More gate searches in store for fliers

WASHINGTON — A new, more aggressive effort by airport screeners aims to halt randomly selected passengers for a security check just before they step onto their departing plane, according to a government memo obtained by USA TODAY. Scores of passengers have already been pulled aside for searches as they waited in line at airport gates for [...]

Rahm Emanuel: “If you’re on that no-fly list, your access to the right to bear arms is canceled, because you’re not part of the American family. You don’t deserve that right.”

This video is from 2007. I certainly hope he has re-thought his position since then. Either way, it's still disappointing. Yeah... a secret list is going determine who has certain rights and who doesn't. I feel safer already. Ugh.

Ryanair air hostess Edita Schindlerova exposed as porn star

Ryanair air hostess Edita Schindlerova exposed as porn star

A budget airline stewardess will keep her job despite being exposed as a part-time porn star. Ryanair hostess Edita Schindlerova, 22, secretly appears on X-rated websites posing as Edita Bente, reports The Sun. But airline bosses have supported Miss Schindlerova, despite appearing in graphic photos showing her having sex with a mystery [...]

Google Begins Behavioral Targeting Ad Program

Google Begins Behavioral Targeting Ad Program

On March 11th, Google launched its behavioral targeting ad program, which it calls "interest-based advertising." This move has been widely expected once Google completed its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick one year ago today. The issues with behavioral advertising have been with us for over a decade (DoubleClick was founded in 1996, [...]

Police Chief: “I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested”

Police Chief: “I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested”

Ugh. I'd rather police to be afraid every time they see a citizen, that they might be videotaped... and held accountable for their actions. "People here are afraid of the police," said Terry Willis, vice president of the Homer branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. "They harass black people, they stop people for no [...]

New primer to help businesses with customer privacy protection

New primer to help businesses with customer privacy protection

The ACLU of Northern California has put out a primer, Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business (PDF), to "help companies avoid privacy and free speech mistakes that can lead to negative press, government investigations and fines, costly lawsuits, and loss of customers and business partners." Among other sections, this primer will help [...]

Opting Out of Verizon’s New Data Sharing Policy

Opting Out of Verizon’s New Data Sharing Policy

When you sign up with Verizon, it sends out a tiny-print leaflet to customers informing them (under the vague title above) that they'll share subscribers' personal information unless you explicitly opt out. It does not provide instructions on how to do so without calling them, customers report that calling them is no help, and even when you log [...]

New Flaw Lets Attacker Control Gmail “Change Password” Function

New Flaw Lets Attacker Control Gmail “Change Password” Function

A researcher today released a proof-of-concept for a vulnerability he discovered in Google Gmail that lets an attacker change a Gmail user's password, wage a denial-of-service attack on the account, or even access other Gmail users' email. The cross-site request forgery (CSRF) flaw -- which researcher Vicente Aguilera Diaz from Madrid-based [...]

New websites allow patients to rate doctors, doctors seek gag orders to silence them

New websites allow patients to rate doctors, doctors seek gag orders to silence them

The anonymous comment on the Web site RateMDs.com was unsparing: "Very unhelpful, arrogant," it said of a doctor. "Did not listen and cut me off, seemed much too happy to have power (and abuse it!) over suffering people." Such reviews are becoming more common as consumer ratings services like Zagat's and Angie's List expand beyond restaurants and [...]

UK amusement park offers surveillance footage of you as a souvenier

UK amusement park offers surveillance footage of you as a souvenier

Alton Towers, the UK theme park and gardens, has an exciting offering for the whole family. They're offering to track you via RFID and sell you (what I'm assuming is) CCTV footage of your day at the park, both on and off rides. They do say: "We delete any unclaimed footage at the end of your visit so, if you don't buy your personalized DVD before [...]

Marine One security breached

Marine One security breached

A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama's helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday. Employees of Tiversa, a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based security company that specializes in peer-to-peer technology, reportedly found [...]

Your ISP is watching you

Your ISP is watching you

A man walks through a shopping precinct. Tiny cameras capture his every move. If he so much as turns his head to glimpse into a shop window, that action is recorded, next to a reference number that identifies him uniquely among the many shoppers around him. As he walks through the crowded mall, the advertising billboards subtly change to suit his [...]

Four Threats For 2009 That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of (Or Even Thought About)

Four Threats For 2009 That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of (Or Even Thought About)

You're probably gearing up for the well-known security risks you've watched emerge over the past year to go front burner in the new year -- the insider threat, Web 2.0, and targeted attacks. But don't pop that champagne cork just yet: Some obscure potential threats that could be more difficult to prepare for and defend against also are looming for [...]

Hidden government cameras in digital converter boxes? No.

Wired Magazine explores a strange and clever hoax... It's about the claim that DTV converter boxes contain a hidden camera and a microphone, to enable companies and the state to watch you in your homes. The buzz surrounds a brilliant YouTube video (seen below). (more…)

HOWTO: Exploit Bluetooth Headsets

Here's a pretty basic "how to" on connecting your PC to Bluetooth devices. When connected, you may send sound files to the Bluetooth device and/or record anything said into a bt headset. Neat for a Linux beginner.

New bill proposes everyone keep Wifi logs for police

New bill proposes everyone keep Wifi logs for police

"Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today's Youth Act," or Internet Safety Act. I always wonder who names these bills? Ugh... Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee [...]

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

Facebook's new terms of service caused quite a stir this past weekend, prompting many users to drop their Facebook accounts altogether. Too hooked on Facebook to cut it off completely? It's time you learned more about your privacy settings. The Facebook obsessives at weblog AllFacebook round up 10 privacy settings every Facebook user should [...]

Body scanners replace metal detectors in tryout

Body scanners replace metal detectors in tryout

WASHINGTON — For the first time, some airline passengers will skip metal detectors and instead be screened by body scanning machines that look through clothing for hidden weapons, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. An experimental program that begins today at Tulsa International Airport will test whether the $170,000 [...]

MTA Employee Charged with “Unlawful Photography”

MTA Employee Charged with “Unlawful Photography”

Many a straphanger has taken heat for pulling out their point and shoot cameras in the subway system, but now an off-duty MTA worker has been arrested by the NYPD's transit cops for photographing the underground. Carlos Miller reports on the charges made against 30-year-old Robert Taylor, who has been with the MTA for three years and actually [...]

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