In a recent newsletter, the Electronic Frontier Foundation writes:
Tags: 4th Amendment, Fingerprints, Schools
Despite complaints from privacy advocates and parents, schools in states across the country are considering using fingerprint scans to track students. Kids at Sandlapper Elementary in Columbia, South Carolina, have their fingerprints scanned to pay for their breakfast and check out library books, while officials at the Hope .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]
DRM or copy protective technology used on things like music CDs and movies doesn’t work. LearnOutLoud explains why.Tags: Copyright, DRM
Reuters reports that the recent Microsoft Zune player (the competition portable MP3 player to the iPod) has a built in royalty fee that goes straight to Universal (one of the worlds largest music companies).
Slashdot's coverage quotes Universal Music's Doug Morris as saying the following:
Tags: MP3 Players, Universal
These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it. So it's time to get .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]
There was a recent case in Boston where a man was asked for his driver's license before being seated at IHOP. Apparently someone thought it would be a great idea to prevent "dine and dashing". According to the article, the security person already had about 40 IDs on the desk by the time the subject of this article came in..... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Data Abuse, IHOP
Katherine Albrecht, the world's leading RFID privacy expert and co-author of the book Spychips - How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID writes:
Tags: FDA, RFID, Verichip
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson is considering a run for president in 2008…
As head of Health of Health and Human Services, Thompson oversaw the scandal-ridden FDA when it approved .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]
New RFID passports are supposed to make identity theft more difficult and to make it easier to spot fake passports like the ones used by the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.
First, making the data remotely secretly readable without ever possessing or otherwise coming into contact with the passport hardly makes it more secure against identity theft. Second, it's hard .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Passports, RFID
The Center For Democracy and Technology recently said in their newsletter:
The "lame duck" 109th Congress will return to Washington November 13 to take care of unfinished business before it finally ends. Among the bills President Bush has said he'd like to see passed is the NSA Domestic Spying bill. In addition, there is an effort afoot to slip into some other .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Bush, Lame Duck, NSA, Spying
Our most fundamental right as American citizens is being denied in Maryland. I went to the polls to vote today and explained that I wanted to vote, but would only use a paper ballot. While the check-in people suggested a "provisional ballot", the supervisor nixed that and showed me this nice large sign.
Why did I insist on a paper ballot? Perhaps .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Diebold, E-voting, Elections, Maryland, Voting