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Google backed out from releasing private YouTube user data to Viacom

Google backed out from releasing private YouTube user data to Viacom

Viacom wants to know which videos YouTube employees have watched and uploaded to the site, and Google is refusing to provide that information, CNET News has learned. This dispute is the reason the two companies, and lawyers representing a group of other copyright holders suing Google, have failed to reach a final agreement on anonymizing [...]

The Pirate Bay Wants to Encrypt the Entire Internet

The Pirate Bay Wants to Encrypt the Entire Internet

The team behind the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has started to work on a new encryption technology that could potentially protect all Internet traffic from prying eyes. The project, which is still in its initial stages, goes by the name "Transparent end-to-end encryption for the Internets," or IPETEE for short. It tackles encryption not on [...]

EMB Safety Bracelet

Skip to 4 minutes to see how it works. I wonder why the evil terrorist with a knife doesn't just cut the wristband off before hijacking the plane? What a terrible idea and complete invasion of any law abiding person's privacy. It'll be a crazy world when passengers are treated like dogs with shock collars. I can already see the massive abuse if [...]

YouTube Ordered to Give Complete User Logs to Viacom

YouTube Ordered to Give Complete User Logs to Viacom

As part of its $1 billion lawsuit against user-video site YouTube, Viacom will receive a complete log of all users’ activities, which will include a list of usernames, IP addresses, and videos that each account has viewed in the past.Viacom says it wants to use the data to prove that copyright-infringing videos draw higher amounts of [...]

In Praise of the Fifth Ammendment Right to Not Be a Witness Against Yourself

A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police. In part 2 an experienced police officer tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police. Part 2 after he jump... (more…)

Your Laptops, Please!

Your Laptops, Please!

Opening Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold Hearing On “Laptop Searches and Other Violations of Privacy Faced by Americans Returning from Overseas Travel” Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights “If you asked most Americans whether the government has the right [...]

Filling Out Forms: Still a Dangerous Game

Filling Out Forms: Still a Dangerous Game

It may not sound too scary, but filling out forms on the Web is still a dicey business, a researcher said this week. In an update of his 2002 paper, which exposed many of the vulnerabilities associated with HTML forms, EnableSecurity's Sandro Gauci states that most browsers still haven't completely fixed the problems associated with commonly [...]

Philly activists: “Let’s pass out flyers questioning the need for surveillance cameras.” Result: warrantless search. Police chief: “you’re a hate group.”

Philly activists: “Let’s pass out flyers questioning the need for surveillance cameras.” Result: warrantless search. Police chief: “you’re a hate group.”

When Mayor Nutter announced late last year that he was hiring D.C. Charles Ramsey as his police commissioner, I said I would keep an open mind but I was dismayed at his treatment of anti-war protesters and his frequent clashes there over civil rights. So far, I've been mostly impressed with Ramsey -- murders have dropped slightly while he's taken [...]

Define irony?

Define irony?

Lifelock CEO Todd Davis becomes ID theft victim

Lifelock CEO Todd Davis becomes ID theft victim

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Todd Davis has dared criminals for two years to try stealing his identity: Ads for his fraud-prevention company, LifeLock, even offer his Social Security number next to his smiling mug. Now, LifeLock customers in Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia are suing Davis, claiming his service didn't work as promised and [...]

Smile. You’re on Google Street View

Smile. You’re on Google Street View

Discovering odd or unique images on Google Street View has become a hobby for many people, who post their findings to websites like Streetviewr and Street View Gallery. Some of my favorites from Google Street View...

Can You Pass This Privacy Quiz?

Can You Pass This Privacy Quiz?

So you think you know something about data privacy? A lot of Californians did, too -- until some law school experts tested them. In a research paper released yesterday, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law found that the majority of people they surveyed did not know how their personal data might be used in [...]

It could happen…

It could happen…

I realize this is a silly example, but when people wonder, "why should I care about privacy?" It makes a little sense with such a "sensational" example. Checkout the ACLU website for more "official" info on protecting your privacy. Source

Your personal data just got permanently cached at the US border

Your personal data just got permanently cached at the US border

Let's be honest here. The reason your average Joe should be scared about this: is because of porn. Here's how it works: most guys have this huge stash of porn and no way to verify that every last file is 100% legal. There's a good chance they don't even know what's in there. You just used bit torrent or whatever to download a bunch of huge [...]

Which Government Agency Should Be Your Computer’s Firewall?

Which Government Agency Should Be Your Computer’s Firewall?

First the NSA says it needs to examine every search and email on the internet to prevent an e-9/11 attack, then President Bush signs a secret cyber-security Presidential Directive to make that possible, while the Air Force has set up a cyber warfare division where cyber-security is played like a game of Space Invaders. Not to be left out on the [...]

Can We Trust Google With Our Medical Records?

Can We Trust Google With Our Medical Records?

When my mom was battling cancer, she decided to seek additional input from a cancer center miles away. She went to her oncologist to collect her medical records, only to discover they were stored in several different places. My mom was weak and sick from chemotherapy, yet she traipsed from hospital to hospital to collect medical files, [...]

The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service

The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service

In their ever continuing battle to free the Internet, The Pirate Bay has now launched an uncensored blogging service, called Baywords. The service is intended to be a safe haven for bloggers who want to be able to write whatever they want, without being afraid to get shut down by their blog host. The Pirate Bay is known for defending [...]

New York Hospital Worker Arrested for Stealing 50,000 Patient Records

New York Hospital Worker Arrested for Stealing 50,000 Patient Records

Theft was discovered by police, not hospital IT staff APRIL 14, 2008 | A hospital admissions worker was arrested this weekend for allegedly stealing the personal information of some 50,000 patients out of a database and selling some of it to an identity theft ring. Dwight McPherson, 38, a former worker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill [...]

Avoid Keyloggers with Neo’s SafeKeys

Avoid Keyloggers with Neo’s SafeKeys

Windows only: When you're in a shady internet cafe in Bangkok and you're worried about rogue software logging your passwords as you type them, you need a USB drive with Neo's SafeKeys on it. Neo's SafeKeys is a small, mouse-based keyboard that shows up on your screen in different places each time you run it from your drive. You click the SafeKeys [...]

Bush Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.

Bush Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.

The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation's most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea's legal authority. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (pictured) said his department will activate his department's new domestic satellite [...]

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