Loss of Privacy

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


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There’s a lively discussion over on reddit about the ongoing saga of the Constitution-Free zones within the US and the priest that has been caught up in it. You’ll probably have to log into YouTube because its users have flagged it as objectionable content.

Keep in mind that this was NOT a border patrol stop at the border of the USA and Mexico or the USA and Canada. This was a patrol set up 100 miles inland. Legally, he doesn’t have to answer the questions. He has the right to deny a search. Yet, the police believe that they can abuse the law because someone actually knew their basic rights and were asserting them. It’s actually pathetic that a priest knows more about a person’s rights than the police, who are supposed to be trained in that area.

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There are three new RFID products being shown at the Koreannovation Trade Show in New York City.

There is the Mini Metal RFID Tag, which is high temperature resistant and can be used for chemical/gas container tracking, Cadastral control point management, and asset management.


A general Metal RFID Tag, meant for use in IT asset management, logistics (pallet tacking), and automotive component tracking.  These are also high temperature and acid resistant.


Last, but not least, is the High Temperature Resistant Metal RFID Tag.  It is designed for commercial use in metal mould management and asset management.


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Just who is minding the store over at the Federal Reserve?  You certainly can’t get a straight answer from them.  Just watch the video and you’ll understand why we need to support H.R.1207 and get some oversight at the Fed.  It’s absolutely amazing that the Fed has control over trillions of dollars and hasn’t a clue where the money is being spent.

One might argue that since there is the Office of Inspector General, which is supposed to be independent, such a bill wouldn’t be necessary.  There probably isn’t a huge conspiracy in all of this, however, there are far too many questions unanswered and too much money missing that Congress cannot just sit back and not attempt to enforce some accounting to the citizens of the United States.

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With President Obama pushing for more electronic medical records, Americans need to look closely at just how well guarded their personal, medical information really is.  Wikileaks reports that the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program was hacked into and over 8 million medical records are being held for a $10 million ransom in an encrypted database.

“I have your [expletive] In *my* possession, right now, are 8,257,378 patient records and a total of 35,548,087 prescriptions. Also, I made an encrypted backup and deleted the original. Unfortunately for Virginia, their backups seem to have gone missing, too. Uhoh :(For $10 million, I will gladly send along the password.”

Virginia now has a statement [pdf] clarifying that the backups are fine and details [pdf] on what was stored on the files.

In October 2008, a similar event occurred.  Though smaller in nature, these types of breaches will become commonplace if everyone’s medical information is digitized.  It’s just too easy for criminals to access.  There’s so much information in medical files that it’s a goldmine just waiting to be dug through.  Sometimes, low tech, i.e. paper, is still the best way to go.

Here’s something to think about.  Identity theft.  Hacking people’s medical records.  Getting hit by a car and sent, barely conscious, to the hospital.  Do you trust electronic medical records now?

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