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2008 July 03 — Why Now?
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Why The Government Can’t Be Trusted With Your Data

… Because they don’t know how to protect it.

Warren P. Strobel, McClatchy Newspapers reports on the latest atrocity, Passport record system open to abuse, IG finds

WASHINGTON — A State Department passport record system that holds personal data on more than 120 million Americans is wide open to abuse and unable to prevent or detect unauthorized access, investigators said Thursday.

The review by the department’s inspector general was ordered after revelations in March that State Department employees and contractors had accessed the files of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama.

The IG report found a much broader problem.

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July 3, 2008   13 Comments

The Media Conglomerates Own You

The BBC reports that Google must divulge YouTube log

Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, a US court has ruled.

The ruling comes as part of Google’s legal battle with Viacom over allegations of copyright infringement.

Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the ruling a “set-back to privacy rights”.

The viewing log, which will be handed to Viacom, contains the log-in ID of users, the computer IP address (online identifier) and video clip details.

While the legal battle between the two firms is being contested in the US, it is thought the ruling will apply to YouTube users and their viewing habits everywhere.

Apparently copyright is more important than civil rights, and the right to privacy. This is getting more than a little tiresome with media companies able to troll through the records of people who have absolutely nothing to do with the claims involved.

July 3, 2008   4 Comments

Tropical Storm Bertha

Tropical Storm BerthaPosition: 13.4 N 27.0 W. [10 PM CDT] Updated
Movement: West [280°] near 14 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph.
Wind Gusts: 55 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Bertha is 185 miles West-Southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and moving away.

July 3, 2008   7 Comments