Friday night an arrest warrant went out, and was then rescinded, for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He commented “We were warned to expect “dirty tricks”. Now we have the first one.” Even the New York Times was forced to call it “strange.” I think that was the wrong warning. Wikileaks is poking at a very…Read More Wikileaks
(San Diego, CA) Since the 1980?s, children in the US have been issued Social Security numbers (SSN) at birth. However, by law, they cannot be offered credit until they reach the age of 18. A child?s SSN is therefore dormant for credit purposes for 18 years. Opportunists have found novel ways to abuse these “dormant”…Read More How not to address child ID theft
Back when I commented on David Cameron apologizing for Bloody Sunday, someone said “It’s important to remember that it’s much easier to make magnanimous apologise about the behaviour of government agents when none of those responsible are still in their jobs.” Which was fine, but now Mr. Cameron is setting up an investigation into torture…Read More Dear England, may we borrow Mr. Cameron for a bit?
[The ACLU has a new] report, Policing Free Speech: Police Surveillance and Obstruction of First Amendment-Protected Activity (.pdf), surveys news accounts and studies of questionable snooping and arrests in 33 states and the District of Columbia over the past decade. The survey provides an outline of, and links to, dozens of examples of Cold War-era…Read More Why we need strong oversight & transparency
[Update: See Barry’s comments, I seem to misunderstand the proposal.] The New York Times headlines “ Britain’s New Leaders Aim to Set Parliament Term at 5 Years.” Unlike the US, where we have an executive branch of government, the UK’s executive is the Prime Minister, selected by and from Parliament. As I understand things, the…Read More Where's the Checks and Balances, Mr. Cameron?
Back in October, I endorsed Pete Holmes for Seattle City Attorney, because of slimy conduct by his opponent. It turns out that his opponent was not the only one mis-conducting themselves. The Seattle PD hid evidence from him, and then claimed it was destroyed. They have since changed their story to (apparent) lies about “computer…Read More Showing ID In Washington State
JC Penney, Wet Seal: Gonzalez Mystery Merchants JCPenney and Wet Seal were both officially added to the list of retail victims of Albert Gonzalez on Friday (March 26) when U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock refused to continue their cloak of secrecy and removed the seal from their names. StorefrontBacktalk had reported last August…Read More J.C. Penny knew best
There’s a bunch of folks out there who are advocating for publishing all SSNs, and so wanted to point out (courtesy of Michael Froomkin’s new article on Government Data Breaches ) that it would be illegal to do so. 42 USC § 405(c)(2)(C)(viii) reads: (viii)(I) Social security account numbers and related records that are obtained…Read More Dear SSN-publishing crowd
In “Social networking: Your key to easy credit?,” Eric Sandberg writes: In their quest to identify creditworthy customers, some are tapping into the information you and your friends reveal in the virtual stratosphere. Before calling the privacy police, though, understand how it’s really being used. … To be clear, creditors aren’t accessing the credit reports…Read More Your credit worthiness in 140 Characters or Less