Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses its Secure Flight Program to give many government employees special treatment.

In addition to members of Congress and federal judges, millions of employees of the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and intelligence agencies are automatically being considered low risk. As a result, they’re able to use the less invasive and more convenient Pre-Check line at the airport.

As the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has pointed out, this program creates something of a caste system in which government employees get special privileges, while civilians placed in the high or unknown risk categories can’t even find out the rationale for their categorization. “Ultimately,” the ACLU argues, “when we start rewarding or punishing people because of who they are, as opposed to what they’ve done, we drift farther from the principles at the heart of our Constitution.”

There’s no need to complain when you get the perks no one else does. Read the report below.

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This video is part 5 of a 14-part WPF video series on health privacy and health information exchanges.

Medical Idenity Theft in Health Information Exchanges from World Privacy Forum on Vimeo.

Medical identity theft happens when your identity is used for acquiring medical goods or services in another person's name. The problem is that when this occurs, your medical files reflects a record of health care services or goods that you didn't receive. If your imposter has a different medical condition than you do, then your medical file can contain errors. One of the potential challenges with exchanging your medical records in a health information exchange is that if medical identity theft happens, the erroneous file can be spread much further afield through the HIE. This video discusses steps you can take if this happens to you.

Learn much more at World Privacy forum.

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Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity … and prevent a revolution.

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A group of companies and websites recently came together for “Internet Slowdown Day” to symbolically show people what the internet would be like if new net neutrality rules get passed. Net Neutrality is a bit hard to follow so Jimmy did a brief demonstration that will hopefully make it very clear.

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Namecheap’s message to the FCC: Don’t flush our rights down the toilet! Net neutrality is here to stay.

Song performed by Bobby Jo Valentine.

Lyrics:

F-C-C
Don’t take away our net neutrality
The internet was made for you and me

We need it for communication
The Youtube and the Facebook nation
For sharing selfies night and day

Hey – hey – hey

Don’t flush our rights away
Don’t make the people pay
Wall Street shouldn’t have a say – ay ay
It’s not gonna be OK

F-C-C
How expensive is it gonna be
To stream our favorite movies and TV

Or get an online education
Without any limitation
So it’s time for us to say

Hey – hey – hey

Don’t flush our rights away
Don’t make the people pay
Wall Street shouldn’t have a say – ay ay
Don’t flush our rights away

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