Dec 312010
 December 31, 2010  Posted by  Misc

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2011.

A special thank you to those who have been so supportive of my privacy blogs by either emailing me, commenting, tweeting, or submitting links to news stories.  I hope you will continue to find these blogs of value in 2011 while I continue my combined approach of blogging under a pseudonym while advocating offline under my name.  To those in government whom I have spoken with at length in 2010, I look forward to our continued discussions in 2011 and hope that by the end of next year, we’ll see some concrete progress.

One of my annual traditions is to make some donations on December 31 to worthwhile organizations. Some are civil liberties organizations, others are medical support organizations related to my “real” work.  Whatever you personally care about, why not take a few minutes today and make a donation to an organization you appreciate?    As 2010 draws to a close, end the year by supporting those who will be supporting you in 2011.  And no, I don’t mean my blogs, which do not accept any advertising or donations.  Give a few dollars to EFF, EPIC, ACLU, Privacy International, or any group whose values and projects you want to support.  Make a difference.

Dec 312010
 December 31, 2010  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Civil rights activists and media professionals have called for enactment of a law to protect privacy and personal information from intrusion for upholding principles of civil liberty and human rights.

At a workshop on ‘privacy and human rights’ on Wednesday, they said private life and rights of citizens are being affected by misuse of technology and sometimes undue interventions by the government agencies.

Rights-based activist group VOICE and Privacy International jointly organised the workshop at the conference hall of Catholic Bishop Conference of Bangladesh in the city.


Dec 312010
 December 31, 2010  Posted by  Court, Online

A few of the  privacy stories this blog covered during 2010 involved web sites “outing” commenters.  One of the most shocking of these stories was the Cleveland Plain Dealer case involving a sitting judge.  The judge, whose daughter took responsibility for posting the comments, sued the paper.  As the year draws to a close, the case has reportedly been settled:

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold and her daughter have dismissed their lawsuit against The Plain Dealer and its reporters and editors. The Saffolds reached a financial settlement with Advance Internet.

The judge and her daughter sued the Plain Dealer, then-Editor Susan Goldberg, Advance Internet and other affiliated companies in April. The Saffolds’ suit alleged the defendants had breached a website privacy policy and defamed them by publishing stories about comments posted under the “lawmiss” and “governmentwatcher” screen names on, the online home of the newspaper and an affiliate of Advance Internet.


Dec 312010
 December 31, 2010  Posted by  Surveillance

Doug Hagmann reports:

A memorandum dated 24 December 2010 signed by TSA Director John Pistole and Deputy Administrator Gale Rossides was sent to all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, praising the advances made by the TSA this year. Not all federal agents who received this memo were in agreement with the reported strides made by the TSA as Pistole alleges, with some calling the memo “pure propaganda” and “boldly inaccurate.” One problem, according to the federal officials interviewed about this memo, is that Pistole and Rossides misrepresented the facts to his employees about the public support the TSA has received about their enhanced screening procedures.

Read more on Canada Free Press.