I had to laugh when I read this today at Penny-Arcade:
For those who don't know, Penny-Arcade is a site that has been doing comics centered .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Defective by Design, DRM, Gaming, penny arcade
In a recent newsletter, the Electronic Frontier Foundation writes:
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:
There was a recent case in Boston where a man was asked for his driver's license before being seated at IHOP. Apparently some gizmo 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 .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Data Brokering, 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:
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 .... [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 every possessing or otherwise .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Cellphones, Passports, Physical Security, RFID, UK
The Center For Democracy and Technology recently said in their newsletter:
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 .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Diebold, Elections, Evoting, Maryland