Healthcare.gov Still Has No Security, Designed Without It

I have already written about the bizarre and creepy lack of privacy involved in the healthcare.gov website. It is clear Obama knowingly sent the American public into a hacker’s paradise by sending them to the site. Now, with the government claiming total victory modest improvement on the healthcare.gov site, one would expect the privacy issues would be fixed. They are not even addressed. CNBC: It could take a year to secure the risk of “high exposures” of personal information on the federal Read more […]

Read The Wrong Book; Get Tracked By Government

(Note postscript at bottom of post) McClatchy has a story today that makes no sense to me. For example here is the first sentence in the second paragraph: Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. It is illegal to teach people how to pass a lie detector test? I understand that many people might want to lie for criminal reasons, but so what? In many states Read more […]

Obamacare Gets Creepier! “You Have No Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy” In Source Code

Go here if the video doesn’t work. Thanks to Mish (here and here) for the lead. HIPAA, for good and/or ill, is the law of the land. How can Healthcare.gov’s operators/planners not be liable to the law? How can a system that warns that users have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” be HIPAA compliant? What is the point of a warning that no reader can normally read (unless perhaps they use a “view source” option on their browser)? How can a Democrat who is supposed to care about Read more […]

Bloomberg Gets Something Right: Fingerprint Public-Housing Residents

The broken clock that is New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is truly one of the broken-est. A different sort of broken from San Diego’s horn-dog mayor, 80 percent of whose citizens want him to resign; but Bloomberg is indeed broken, despite others being worse than he is. Nevertheless, you know what they say about broken clocks: you should take them into the shop to get fixed. They also say that they’re right twice a day. Twice a day may be a bit too generous to Bloomberg, however, whose actual Read more […]

Army Vet Denied 2nd Amendment Rights Over Minor 42-Year-Old Charge

Military veterans are already under attack by federal government regarding their 2nd Amendment rights. If Veterans Affairs decides that a particular veteran is incompetent to handle his own financial affairs, they give that information over to the FBI who adds that person’s name to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). As long as your name stays on that list, you won’t be able to own a firearm. And if a military veteran is found in possession of firearms in spite of being Read more […]

The Journal News Removes its “Gun Map”

The Journal News finally took down their interactive map on Friday amid harsh criticism stemming from publicizing the identities and locations of those who lawfully own handguns. They’re insisting however that their decision to pull the map down had nothing to do with the criticism they received. Associated Press reported:  “[Journal News publisher] Hasson wrote that the decision to remove the names ‘is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the Read more […]

State Legislatures Move To Restrict Drone Use In America

The use of drones elicits mixed reactions from people. Some conservatives favor the use of drones as long as they’re used in a far away land, killing those that our government tells us are terrorists. The government doesn’t have to produce evidence or bring charges against any of the people they kill as long as they have reasonable suspicion that the person in question is somehow tied to an organization that our government has deemed a terrorist organization. They don’t have to produce evidence Read more […]

Federal Texas Judge: Schoolchildren = Cattle

I have to admit that, as much as I hate the judge’s decision, I can’t deny that it will improve the student’s education by preparing him for what American life is going to be like when he grows up to take his place as a serf in the system. Reuters reports, “A public school district in Texas can require students to wear locator chips when they are on school property, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday in a case raising technology-driven privacy concerns among liberal and conservative groups Read more […]

Celebrity Hacker Gets 10 Years For Doing NSA, TSA Routine Crimes

So, privacy and modesty of some sort are really important if you are a mere private citizen. Thus: “A Florida man who hacked into email accounts and procured naked images of Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, and Scarlett Johansson was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero sentenced Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., after hearing how he intruded into the lives of dozens of celebrities and others and in some cases passed naked images along on Read more […]

Secretly Unleashing Killers On US Residents

What do you think is the largest law enforcement agency in the United States? The FBI? The BATFE? No, the largest law enforcement organization in the United States is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And while there has been a discussion about what rights US citizens have left since 9-11, the ICE has never been burdened with such a discussion, nor with even much public knowledge of what they are doing. Ironically, the one right they are zealous to defend is the right to privacy on the Read more […]

Cities Putting Audio Surveillance On Buses

Several cities are spending Homeland Security grant money on surveillance capabilities around the city, particularly on public transportation buses. In San Francisco, officials are using $5.9 million of grant money to upgrade their video surveillance systems to include audio capabilities as well. In the next 4 years in San Francisco, new audio/video surveillance systems will be implemented in 357 total public vehicles including trolley cars and potentially 613 more vehicles. The Daily reported: “Government Read more […]

Protesters Prevent Police From Obtaining a Spy Drone

Alameda County wants to be the first law enforcement agency in California to acquire a spy drone. The sheriff appealed to the County Board of Supervisors to approve a $31,646 grant so that the sheriff’s office could purchase a small drone. Protesters concerned about invasion of privacy have so far stalled the sheriff’s efforts in obtaining the aircraft, and their objections may cause the police department to scrap the idea altogether. The $31,646 was part of a larger $1.2 million disbursement Read more […]