In a not so surprising story, some large chain stores have been hacked and had their databases of customer information stolen creating a risk for thier customers.
The end result is that consumers are often left completely in the dark when data breaches occur, wondering if they dodged a bullet, or if the inconvenience and frustration of fraud is simply waiting to hit them at a later date.I hate .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Public Confidence
In the Washington Post was a nice article explaining how even a normal average citizen can be tracked during her whole day through technology that exists right now. From the article:
Domino’s tracks her name, phone number, address, and size and type of pizza ordered. Unless a store decides otherwise, the data are held forever. That way, Domino’s can provide more personalized service — “Hi, Ms. Bernard, would you like .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Brother, Public Confidence
Read about it here. The question is, what will happen now that it’s being monitored by the court that should have been monitoring it in the first place? Why is Bush allowing this? It can only be because he thinks they won’t do anything about it.Tags: Big Brother, Bushiness
Sixwise gives and in-depth review of Best Buy's plan to "actively…eliminate " what they call "devil" customers. I've written about this before, but I like how they list specific actions that could land you on the "blacklist".
Most notably, this is the advent of "customer reports" similar to credit reports where you will be assigned a number based on profitability and treated accordingly. If you don't want to see .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Brother, Public Confidence
From the Ars Technica article:
Under the new law, anyone attempting to “knowingly and intentionally” acquire the phone records of a third party by making false representations to a phone company or selling such illegally obtained records will face up to ten years in prison and fines.Is it just me or does this seem really wrong? Why did we have to make a law about this? Wasn’t it obviously .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Identity Theft, Well Duh!
Just so we can feel a little more warm and fuzzy about our government, here’s a snippet from Ars Technica about how it’s not just the FBI abusing power these days. From the article:
Wired‘s Ryan Singel adds a bit more to the story with the tidbit that the Pentagon plans to hang on to the records and feed them into TALON, the database project that the military uses .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Brother, Bushiness
Bruce Shcneier points to this article on Slashdot that explains an sophisticated security system and why none of it worked.Tags: Security Theater
The Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference of 2007 has been scheduled for May 1-4. I went to last years and found it to be very useful. Make sure you go (note that it’s in Canada this year). Note that I had to laugh a little when I noticed that it’s funded in part by Microsoft 🙂
From the FTC website:
Notice for public comment: The Federal Identity Theft Task Force, chaired by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and co-chaired by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, is seeking public comment on ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of federal government efforts to reduce identity theft.What could I tell them about? Hmm… Let's see… Oh! How about how easy it would be to reduce .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Identity Theft
EPIC reports that the Department of Homeland Security is creating a passport-like system that will be required for travelers between the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. This “passport” will contain RFID and very little security. From the article:
The federal government has been increasingly using RFID technology in its identification documents. The Department of Homeland security last year began using RFID-enabled I-94 forms in its United States Visitor .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Brother, RFID