Loss of Privacy

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Angel Velazquez, 59, is accused of stealing $8500 from a woman’s luggage at O’Hare International Airport.

Prosecutors in court Wednesday said a 48-year-old woman put the cash in her suitcase and checked the bag as she took a flight on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in mid-November. When she arrived at her undisclosed destination, she realized the money was missing.

Prosecutors said that agent Velazquez was caught on surveillance video going through the woman’s suitcase. He allegedly found the cash, stashed it in a garbage can and later retrieved it and put it in his own backpack.

This is yet another warning that if you are going to carry that much cash, or any valuables, with you when you fly, keep it with you. DO NOT check it in your luggage. You can’t watch the bag and you have no control over the sticky fingers that are going to search your bag. If you have it with you, you will know immediately if it’s been tampered with because the TSA does that too.

The TSA released their usual statement that they don’t tolerate theft, but this time added that they were moving to fire Velazquez.

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The U.S. State Department has told Americans coming to Sochi that they should have “no expectation of privacy,” even in their hotel rooms.

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You have a right to privacy. How about when you are driving around Manhattan? Maybe not.

On January 7, 2014, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD formal legal requests for information on how they use E-ZPass readers to track and record New Yorkers’ movements. The request was filed after several recent press reports documented the use of E-ZPass readers to collect information on law-abiding New Yorkers far from toll plazas.

“New Yorkers have a right to know if their use of toll-paying technology is secretly being used to track their innocent comings and goings,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “No one should have to trade their privacy to pay a $10 toll.

“The NYCLU’s video shows the E-ZPass detector – the device that looks like a cow – going off almost constantly during a drive through Midtown and Lower Manhattan — in areas free of toll collection booths. In the area around 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, the cow lit up continuously for several blocks. It even detected a signal directly in front of the NYCLU’s office in the Wall Street area.

“An E-ZPass is a great convenience, but the technology in it can easily be misused. Given the potential for abuse when the government systematically starts collecting information about the day-to-day activities of law-abiding people, it is essential that there be clear and explicit limitations on how E-ZPass readers are used,” NYCLU Legislative Counsel Nate Vogel said. “The public should know if, how and why we are being tracked.”

The NYCLU’s Freedom of Information requests specifically seek information about the criteria and purpose for installing E-ZPass readers; the location of E-ZPass readers, including, any information distinguishing those used to collect tolls and those used for other purposes; privacy policies and marketing materials describing the types of data that can be collected by E-ZPass readers, when it will be collected and how it will be used; and how the New York City Department of Transportation shares data with other entities, including but not limited to the NYPD, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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You can also read more about E-ZPass tags from Kashmir Hill.

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As travelers board planes this holiday, please be aware of 12 actual banned items from the Transportation Security Administration.

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The TSA has created a kids website to help indoctrinate them early so they will be compliant whenever they fly. They’ve created this video to get the website going.

SFX: Airplane
SON: Hey Dad, why do we have to stop here? I just wanna get on the plane…
DAD: Well, we have to stop-screen-go (Stop = Beep. Screen = Boooooooop. Go = Ding!) before we get on the plane. This is a security checkpoint and those people work for TSA.
SON: Oh…it looks kinda scary. I don’t think Molly will like it..
DAD: Nah, it’s not scary. TSA officers are here to keep us secure. So don’t worry, just remember stop-screen-go.
SON: Stop-screen-go? What does that mean?
DAD: Just watch… first, we stop here and hand our travel documents to the officer. She screens it…
TSA Officer: Thank you.
DAD: …and then we go.
SON: Wow, that was easy. What’s next?
DAD: We stop!
MOLLY: (laughing)
DAD: Then we put our stuff in the bins and the machine screens it. Then we go.
SON: Do I need to take off my shoes, too?
DAD: Nope. Kids under 12 don’t have to. But
your game system and Molly’s bear need to take a ride.
MOLLY: Bye-bye, bear! Bye-bye!
SON: Do we get our toys back?
DAD: Yep. You just need to walk through that rectangle first. It’s a metal detector.
SON: Do we have to stop-screen-go here, too?
DAD: Yep, you got it!
SON: Stop.
SON: Screeeeeeennnnnnn and…
SON: …GO! (makes jet sound)
SON: But wait…(makes brake sound). Mom, what’s he doing with Molly’s bottle?
MOM: Oh, it’s stop-screen-go for baby bottles, too. But don’t worry, she’ll get her milk back….
TSA Officer: Here you go…
SON: Are we all done?
DAD: Yep!
SON: That wasn’t scary. It’s just stop-screen-go!
DAD: Yeah… that’s what it takes to get ready for takeoff.
MOM: Thank you TSA!
TSA Officer: You’re welcome. Have a great trip!
MOLLY: Bye-bye!
SFX: Airplane flying

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