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[News] Civil Rights and Personal Security Compromised with Surveillance

  • Subject: [News] Civil Rights and Personal Security Compromised with Surveillance
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:43:26 +0000
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FBI calls for two year retention for ISP data

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| FBI director Robert Mueller is still keen 
| to get US internet service providers to 
| keep their customers' web logs for up to 
| two years.
| What is not clear is whether the director 
| is talking about which websites are visited 
| or the specific URL - which would require 
| deep packet inspection and probably break 
| US wiretap laws.


Kennard goes Mad Rhino on SWIFT

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| He indicates the US would negotiate a 
| bilateral agreement instead. Of course it 
| seems legally impossible for member states 
| to enter bilateral agreements and member 
| states would be reluctant to follow that 
| path. Hillary Clinton reportedly phoned 
| Catherine Ashton(?!) and Parliament 
| President Jerzy Buzek. I am sure Buzek and 
| the other members will teach them manners.


Why SWIFT data proliferation is counter-terrorism gone worse

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| It is not about âprivacyâ of citizens as 
| the news agencies report, that is really 
| the minor concern. A majority of European 
| policy makers fully agrees in principles to 
| use the data for anti-terrorism requests 
| from law enforcement agencies (which 
| requires careful administration and 
| strongest safeguards).
| In a conventional narrative our personal 
| âprivacyâ interests would be weighted 
| against public âsecurityâ interests of our 
| government which seeks to counter terrorism 
| and other serious crimes. Some politicians 
| and media observers think along these lines 
| which are on a lower level. Here the 
| general trust in financial transaction 
| services, our  European financial 
| transaction markets are at stake.


Comcast CEO Argues Rules Will Protect Customers In Merger, While Comcast Lawyers Argue Rules Are Unconstitutional

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| All that said, I have to say that I'm not 
| particularly concerned about Comcast and 
| NBC merging. I'm all for it. If two 
| companies that poorly run are getting 
| together, it's pretty much guaranteed to be 
| a disaster. We've seen this game before, 
| and it was called AOL-Time Warner. While 
| it's difficult to think that anyone could 
| screw up that badly again, if anyone can, 
| it's the folks at NBC Universal.



Schneier sticks it to surveillance

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| Security guru Bruce Schneier has challenged the view that privacy and
| security are at loggerheads, suggesting the real debate is between liberty
| and control.
| [...]
| "Identity cards are just a temporary solution until biometrics take over. In
| five years or so these checks will happen in the background using RFID chips,
| you won't even know you are being checked."

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