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[News] Privacy Debate Heats up: Phones as Tracking Devices

  • Subject: [News] Privacy Debate Heats up: Phones as Tracking Devices
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:36:29 +0000
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Feds push for tracking cell phones

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| Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by 
| a band of armed robbers known as the 
| "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more 
| than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a 
| novel method of locating the thieves.
| FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone 
| companies corresponding to what their 
| cellular towers had recorded at the time of 
| a dozen different bank robberies in the 
| Dallas area. The voluminous records showed 
| that two phones had made calls around the 
| time of all 12 heists, and that those 
| phones belonged to men named Tony Hewitt 
| and Corey Duffey. A jury eventually 
| convicted the duo of multiple bank robbery 
| and weapons charges. 


The Tor Project - Screw up those spying on you.

,----[ Quote ]
| The Tor Project is free software that helps 
| you thwart attempts by third parties like 
| you government who are interested in spying 
| on your internet sojourn. It works by 
| "bouncing your communications around a 
| distributed network of relays run by 
| volunteers all around the world: it 
| prevents somebody watching your Internet 
| connection from learning what sites you 
| visit, and it prevents the sites you visit 
| from learning your physical location."


Appeals Court Backs EFF Push for Telecom Lobbying Documents Disclosure

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| Today a federal appeals court rejected a 
| government claim of "lobbyist privacy" to 
| hide the identities of individuals who 
| pressured Congress to grant immunity to 
| telecommunications companies that 
| participated in the government's 
| warrantless electronic surveillance of 
| millions of ordinary Americans. As the 
| court observed, "There is a clear public 
| interest in public knowledge of the methods 
| through which well-connected corporate 
| lobbyists wield their influence."


SWIFT Parliament debate with MalmstrÃm

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| Commissioner MalmstrÃm defensive 
| intervention in the European Parliament. 
| She claims the agreement includes âan 
| absolute prohibition on data mining â 
| searches of the database can only be 
| undertaken where it is possible to show a 
| reason to believe that the subject of the 
| search is engaged in terrorism.â


European Swift bank data ban angers US

,----[ Quote ]
| The European Parliament has blocked a key 
| agreement that allows the United States to 
| monitor Europeans' bank transactions - 
| angering Washington.



Has HADOPI Driven the French Insane?

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| I refer, of course, to the infamous HADOPI law, which aims to deprive French
| citizens of their Internet connection purely on the say-so of French media
| companies. Doesn't sound like much ÃgalitÃ, fraternità there, does it? That's
| bad enough; but it seems that this bad legislation is leading to even worse
| knock-on consequences.
| [...]
| Now, one aspect not evident from the legalistic mumbo-jumbo above is that
| this spyware may well not support GNU/Linux:
|     The Assembly also postponed a handful of amendments that sought to exempt
|     the subscriber if the system is not interoperable with software security,
|     with the first assumption that it uses a system that is too old. An "old"
|     Windows with expensive software installed on, for example. Or a free
|     software ...
|     An amendment sought to nip in the bud the potential for discrimination
|     technological and financial background of interoperability ( "the means
|     of secure, freely available to consumers, are interoperable). But again,
|     it was rejected by the rapporteur implacably Franck Riester and the
|     Minister of Culture, Christine Albanel.

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