September 2005

Jim Harper writes: At this week’s meeting of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Joanne McNabb, Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection, and I circulated and presented a draft ‘Framework’ for assessing homeland security programs in terms of their consequences for privacy and related values. Members of the…

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It comes after a 24-year-old driver was found to be over the legal drink-drive limit during a routine control in Munich. He was taken to the police station where blood tests found he had no alcohol in his system. The man was released after officers found the strongest thing he had taken was a Fisherman’s…

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It’s not like I was getting any work done anyway. (Ok, actually I was: Five of yesterday’s six posts took under 10 minutes, and four took 5 minutes or less.) But: Scientists invade the privacy of Giant squid, intruding on their long-preserved solitude. Also be sure to notice National Geographic’s beautiful user interface for selecting…

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ATHENS – A hacker broke into a computer database at the University of Georgia, gaining access to the Social Security numbers of employees in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and people who are paid from that department. More than 2,400 numbers, belonging to roughly 1,600 people, may have been exposed, UGA spokesman Tom…

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At the Counter-Terror blog, Andrew Cochran writes: “Treasury Department’s FinCEN Unit Recovering From “Cyberjacked” E-Mail System:” The most important impact of the cyberjacking has been to shut down the automated system whereby FinCEN and law enforcement request and receive information from financial institutions for use in terrorism and money laundering cases. The system, enacted under…

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The FBI has opened an investigation into the possible theft of personal information about some clients of RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. The chief executive of the Minneapolis-based brokerage firm disclosed the problem in a letter sent to 300,000 households. Dain Rauscher has not yet detected any fraudulent activity in their accounts, according to the letter…

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The CUNY foul-up that put students’ personal information a Google search away from identity thieves was more widespread than first reported, with school officials saying yesterday that the Social Security numbers of hundreds of employees also got on the Web. City University of New York officials detected the unprotected payroll link for Hunter College Campus…

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The US has unveiled new ten dollar bills, and, unsurprisingly, they contain Constellation EUrion in an entertaining spot: That’s right. Big Alexander Hamilton is watching you. Close up from Money Factory.com.

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