Apr 272013
 April 27, 2013  Posted by  Misc, Surveillance, U.S.

David A. Lieb of Associated Press reports:

 With its financing in jeopardy, Missouri has slowed work on a high-tech computer program intended to catch potential fraud or criminals by conducting a biometric analysis — or facial recognition — of digital photographs taken for state driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Read more on SFGATE.com.  Although the main motivation in canceling the state’s contract with MorphoTrust – if it does get canceled – appears to be financial/budgetary concern, there are those who have also raised privacy concerns.

Apr 272013
 April 27, 2013  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

Sophie Curtis reports:

The UK government has abandoned plans to introduce its controversial Communications Data Bill, better known as the “snooper’s charter,” which would have given security services sweeping powers to monitor internet activity.

Speaking on his weekly LBC radio programme, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said that the bill is “not workable nor proportionate,” and that “it certainly isn’t going to happen with Liberal Democrats in government”.

He said that the coalition has a commitment to “end the storage of internet information unless there is a very good reason to do so,” adding that it does not intend to repeat the mistakes of the Labour government by “trying to constantly keep tabs on everyone.”

Read more on CSO.

Apr 272013
 April 27, 2013  Posted by  Business, Online

Gerry Shih reports:

Jodee Rich, the Australian entrepreneur who founded the now defunct telco One.Tel, has reached a settlement with Twitter that allows his social media analytics firm PeopleBrowsr to continue to buy Twitter’s data until the end of 2013.

Beginning next year, PeopleBrowsr will have to purchase access to the full “Firehose” of 400 million daily tweets through one of Twitter’s authorised data resellers, according to the settlement’s terms.

Read more on The Age.