Oct 312012
 October 31, 2012  Posted by  Featured News

Well, we made it through super-storm Sandy, but 90% of my area has been without power and current predictions are that it will be 10 days to get power, phone, cable back.  Ugh. I drove 20 miles just to borrow a connection to post this.  Double-ugh.

I’ll be back when I can.

Oct 292012
 October 29, 2012  Posted by  Court, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Lyle Denniston reports on oral argument in the Supreme Court this morning:

The Supreme Court showed Monday that it is genuinely troubled that the govenment, carrying on a sweeping program of wiretaps seeking to track terrorism activity, may be putting lawyers in a serious professional and ethical bind as they represent individuals potentially caught up in that eavesdropping.  It was not immediately clear, though, whether that worry was deep enough to lead the Court to give those attorneys a right to sue to challenge the constitutionality of the global surveillance that seems to be tracking Americans’ conversations, too.

Read more on SCOTUSblog.


Oct 292012
 October 29, 2012  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Just because you have the technology, it doesn’t mean you should use it.

Kent Police is under investigation over claims it is storing personal information on everyone arrested, even if no charges are brought.

The force is said to be one of six in England and Wales that uses special software to “interrogate” private mobile phones belonging to members of the public.

Details harvested can include calls and messages sent and received, internet activity, photographs and personal memos.

Read more on Kent and Sussex Courier.

Oct 292012
 October 29, 2012  Posted by  Online, Youth & Schools

John writes:

US President Barrack Obama believes Facebook is a bigger threat to the safety of his daughter Malia Obama than dating with someone, pointing out the social networking site’s lax privacy control.

In an interview with MTV, the President of the United State of America said Facebook is not a good place to hang out as a teenager.

Read more on The Droid Guy.

Romney asked for two minutes to rebut Obama on that, arguing that Facebook creates jobs and should get a tax break.

Okay, I’m kidding about the Romney part, but apparently President Obama did comment on Facebook.