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[News] Privacy Abused by RFID and Databases, ASA Receives Complaint

  • Subject: [News] Privacy Abused by RFID and Databases, ASA Receives Complaint
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:41:29 +0100
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Privacy for RFID tags

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| A common complaint about proposals to use RFID (Radio Frequency 
| Identity) to tag everything from bank notes to underwear is that 
| it opens the way for sophisticated privacy invasion. Someone with 
| a reader could, once RFID is pervasive, read the valuables you're 
| carrying, the contents of your wallet, and plan an attack 
| accordingly. The solution so far: a kill function to disable the 
| tags at the point of sale.


NO2ID beats off ad complaint

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| The Advertising Standards Authority has rejected a complaint about 
| a NO2ID advertisement which warned of the likelihood of personal 
| information leaking from the proposed National Identity Register.
| [...]
| NO2ID told the ASA that since the database did not exist, it was 
| hard to accuse them of exaggerating. The organisation offered 
| evidence from Schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act of 2006 to show 
| what information was likely to be held and how it could be cross-
| referenced.


'There is no dispute that we are going into uncharted territories ...but the benefits make it worth it'

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| There are concerns on technology, cost and privacy in the 
| decision to allot a unique identification number to every Indian. 
| In a talk with Karan Thapar on the CNN-IBN television channelâs 
| Devilâs Advocate programme, NANDAN NILEKANI, who has agreed to 
| head the newly-created Authority to plan and implement this 
| project, concedes these are legitimate concerns. And, that these 
| can be addressed and the project is worthwhile.



Unchain the Office Computers!

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| During a town hall meeting for State Department workers last month, an
| employee named Jim Finkle asked Hillary Clinton a very important
| question: "Can you please let the staff use an alternative Web browser called
| Firefox?" The room erupted in cheers. Finkle explained that he'd previously
| worked at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, where everyone enjoyed
| Firefox. "So I don't understand why State can't use it," he said. "It's a
| much safer program."


Canucks crack whip on Facebook privacy

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| Facebook has vowed to overhaul how personal information is shared with
| third-party applications after Canada's privacy Czar scolded the social
| website for its promiscuous policies.


âSnatching Digital Rightsâ or Protecting Our Culture? Burning Man and the EFF

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| Burning Man deeply respects the efforts of the EFF, and frankly, would
| ourselves like to embrace their opinion - but we donât think the issue is as
| simple as Corynne McSherry would have you believe. Just like the EFF, we
| honestly seek to think outside old paradigms and boxes of âcreative propertyâ
| in the digital age, but we view Black Rock City through a more complicated
| lens, and our view of issues facing creative ownership is not rendered in
| extremes of black and white. To us, the rights of the individual participant
| to privacy while in Black Rock City in this unique environment for free
| expression â and our philosophical desire to maintain it out of reach of
| those who would exploit that expression just to sell cars or soft drinks â
| happens to come first.
| In fact, there are but two essential reasons we maintain these increased
| controls on behalf of our community: to protect our participants so that
| images that violate their privacy are not displayed, and to prevent companies
| from using Burning Man to sell products.


Snatching Rights On the Playa

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| The BMOâs motives here may be more laudable than those of the paranoid
| doctors. But the collateral damage to our free speech is unacceptable. Using
| take-it-or-leave-it fine print to assert veto rights over online expression
| is no way to promote a âsociety that connects each individual to his or her
| creative powers.â Burning Man strives to celebrate our individuality,
| creativity and free spirit. Unfortunately, the fine print on the tickets
| doesnât live up to that aspiration.

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