Among many other issues, the fact that people are being induced to update their programs to “improvements” using cloud technology, has me becoming nauseous again. This posting, largely ignored is still apropos. http://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/rfid-in-your-hard-drive-laptop-cell-phone/ Now this revolting development:
[Patriot Update ran this article; obtained this direct link from them.]
U.S. employees set to be forced to give bosses their Facebook PASSWORDS
- A last minute alteration to CISPA was defeated in a Congress vote
- It would have protected user’s social media passwords from employers
- The late amendment was put forward by Democrat Ed Perlmutter
By Steve Nolan
PUBLISHED: 04:00 EST, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 05:46 EST, 23 April 2013
An attempt to ban US bosses from asking employees to hand over their Facebook login details has been blocked by Congress.
A last minute alteration to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that would have prevented employers demanding that prospective employees disclose social media passwords as a condition of employment was voted down in the house of representatives.
The proposal, put forward by Democrat Ed Perlmutter was defeated by a 224-189 majority, according to the Huffington Post.
Invasion of privacy? An amendment to a new US bill on cyber attacks aimed at preventing employers asking prospective employees for their Facebook login has been rejected
Checking up: CISPA does nothing to address concerns that US employers can legitimately ask employees for social media login details as a condition of employment (file picture)
Handing over passwords could legally be a condition of acquiring or keeping a job, said WebProNews.
Perlmutter said of his amendment before it was defeated: ‘It helps the individual protect his right to privacy and it doesn’t allow the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms.
He warned of an invasion of privacy and the potential of employers to ‘impersonate’ employees online.
The Democrat initially proposed the password privacy measure as part of the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012 and warned that social media users have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Blocked: The amendment to CISPA was put forward by Democrat Ed Permutter who says that social media users have an expectation of privacy
In a statement he added: ‘They have an expectation that their right to free speech and religion will be respected when they use social media outlets.
‘No American should have to provide their confidential personal passwords as a condition of employment.’
Perlmutter faced criticism from bill sponsor Mike Rogers who claimed that he was trying to kill the act.
He said that the issue should be addressed in separate legislation.
But previous attempts to counteract the increasing trend of employers asking for prospective employees social networking login details have failed.
The Password Protection Act 2012 was introduced to Senators and Congressman but was not passed.
The overall act would allow the US Government and private companies such as Facebook to share information with one another should they come under cyber attack.
But critics of the contentious bill, which initially failed when it was rejected by Senators last year, say that it would bypass privacy laws and allow companies to hand over users’ information to the Government.
They claim that it would prevent companies who hand over people’s personal details from facing legal action and effectively justify social media spying.
But CISPA recieved support from both Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives.
Reassurance: Facebook told its US users earlier this month that it has no intention of sharing sensitive personal information
Although the Act was ratified by the House of Representatives, there is a good chance that it could yet fall through.
CISPA was also approved by Congress in April 2012, but was rejected by the Senate. The White House even threatened to veto the act at the time.
Republicans Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger have once again put CISPA forward as they say that it is vital that companies have the ability to stop threats materialising in light of an increase in the number of foreign cyber attacks from countries like China.
Facebook initially came out in support of CISPA, but its name has since disappeared from a list of firms fully supporting the bill this time around.
Under threat: CISPA is aimed at allowing companies to share information to thwart potential cyber attacks
And the social networking site vice president of US Public Policy Joel Kaplan reassured users that Facebook has no intention of sharing sensitive personal information with the Government.
He said: ‘The overriding goal of any cybersecurity bill should be to protect the security of networks and private data, and we take any concerns about how legislation might negatively impact Internet users’ privacy seriously.’
But other big name companies including IBM, Intel, McAfee and Time Warner Cable are in favour of CISPA.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313367/CISPA-Amendment-US-cyber-attack-law-banning-employers-asking-Facebook-passwords-blocked.html#ixzz2RVd3q38a
Data Mining for Big Brother
By Dawn Shockley / 5 April 2013 /
On March 7th, I received an email from my local state representative telling me that anonymous sources inside Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) offices, which handles our state drivers licenses, non-license IDs and Concealed Carry Weapon endorsements (CCW), had reported that the DOR was compromising the privacy and security of it’s citizens. Informants stated that several DOR offices were freely, and voluntarily, handing over to the Department of Homeland Security scanned copies of documents required of private citizens who were applying for their Missouri CCW endorsement and that others offices were in the process of acquiring the hardware and software necessary to follow suit. All of this was in spite of the fact that it is clearly in violation of state laws already in place forbidding such activity.
As a result, a lawsuit was filed against one such office in Bloomfield, MO. A ten-day restraining order was issued for that single DOR office restricting it from issuing any CCWs, but this pertained to only that one office in that single county. While the order was eventually extended, issues within other offices and counties remain, and the question remains as to how wide spread this cooperative leak may be.
Most would agree that the forwarding of information to the DHS or any federal entity for databasing is problematic from the perspective of security of personal information – including a photo ID, and it is. In the state of Missouri, it is expressly forbidden by statute. After all, these are law-abiding citizens who are seeking only to legally secure their inherent right to self-defense and preservation if called upon to do so. However, those with these concerns have another problem – without the endorsement they are now disarmed, prohibited from lawfully carrying a firearm. Surely the Missouri DOR and Big Brother knew that there would be those who would object so strenuously to this outright invasion of privacy that they would sooner forgo their CCW then have their personal information forwarded onto the DHS. Those who choose to conceal carry without virtue of a CCW endorsement are committing a felony; which could, in the event they use or are found to have the gun on their person outside their home or vehicle, even if the use is in the case of self-defense, result in fines, jail time and/or cost them their constitutional right to own or purchase a firearm for the rest of their life. Should the Missouri DOR continue it’s alleged collaboration with the DHS, it is paramount to requiring citizens to choose between their privacy and their right to bear arms, at least as it pertains to outside their vehicles and homes.
Both of these thought processes are unpleasant enough. However, there is another school of thought that should also be considered. Americans, by and large, have balked at the notion of a federal gun registration program. Those fearing a massive confiscation of arms or infringement of rights call it invasive. Those who abhor big government say it is overreaching and an illegitimate use of power. Constitutionalists will remind you that the 10th Amendment states that any laws not specifically delegated to the federal government, under the Constitution, are retained by the individual states. Still, we see terrible encroachments each day in places our federal government has no express power. If the DHS were unsuccessful in the implementation of a federal firearms registration program, a useful secondary tool would be the acquisition of the records of those who have lawful right to conceal and carry a firearm. You can be assured those in possession of such rights also have at least one firearm to go with it; chances are fairly good, they have more – and big brother knows this.
While investigation continues into the claims of an unlawful relationship between the Missouri DOR and the DHS, with Governor Jay Nixon denying the claims, and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder offering assistance to those who have been victims of the collaboration, citizens of other states should not rest easy. There can be no magical thinking – it would never happen here. Look at what C-scope has done to the state of education in Texas, the uproar created by violations of deep-rooted principles and trusts. No one can deny that the curriculum issues strike at the most vulnerable and malleable members of our society, in a state known for staunch Christian ideals and traditional values. One has to wonder if the powers that be see it is a sort of experiment – if they can get it through Texas without ruffling too many feathers other states will fall into line far more quietly. Follow that logic and one can be fairly confident that if one conservative state has agreed to quietly collaborate with the DHS record finding agenda, there are probably more states covertly walking the same path, data mining if you will, on behalf of Big Brother.
“There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come.” –Peter Muhlenberg, from a Lutheran sermon read at Woodstock, Virginia, 1776
posted on January 9, 2013 by Mark Horne
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 alike. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said the San Antonio Northside School District had the right to expel sophomore Andrea Hernandez, 15, from a magnet school at Jay High School, because she refused to wear the device, which is required of all students. The judge refused the student’s request to block the district from removing her from the school while the case works its way through the federal courts.”
Of course, preparing students for this kind of future is a self-fulfilling outcome. It is by training children to accept RFID monitoring that the state is more likely to get away with mandating it for adults in the future. The ACLU said it well:
“We don’t want to see this kind of intrusive surveillance infrastructure gain inroads into our culture. We should not be teaching our children to accept such an intrusive surveillance technology.”
No, we should not.
I was somewhat surprised to see the Christian organization, the Rutherford Institute, represent Hernandez and vow to appeal the case, claiming the electronic monitoring violated Hernandez’s “right to privacy.” After all, that “right” was notoriously “discovered” in order to justify overturning all state laws against abortions. But it also made me realize the sheer horrible irony. There have been states (and maybe still are) in which the right to privacy meant a public school could take your daughter to get an abortion without telling the parents. The “right to privacy” is somehow only aimed against the family to restrain common law relationships. It is virtually never aimed at an agency of the State. If a parent wanted to chip a child, I am willing to bet the courts would find some excuse to claim that is not permitted. Only public institutions get to monitor us by remote.
The school staff is full of assurances that they are not using the monitoring to actually spy on people, but only to make sure they are in class when the bell rings. This seems like a really expensive and intrusive substitute for taking attendance. And it only makes sense that these new technologies will not be full abused overnight. First, some minimal and non-threatening excuse must be developed so that the technology is implemented. Then, either publicly or secretly, the use of the technology can be widened. The only way to realistically stop from becoming a slave in a Big-Brother system is to keep the Big-Brother tools from ever being used.
In any case, a couple of years ago a school official busted a student for eating candy at home because he had borrowed a laptop from school that was equipped to spy on students. I know not every school is equally bad, but I still think it is stupid to simply accept these new means of monitoring students and pretend there is no reason to be concerned.
In Israel, if a creditor came to a poor man’s door to get his collateral for the debt, he was not permitted to enter the poor man’s home. He had to stay and wait outside the door until his debtor brought the collateral out to him (Deuteronomy 24.10, 11). Symbolic boundaries are what preserves our dignity and communicates to the State that we are not its property.
In my opinion, RFID chips might be appropriate for prisoners who have committed a crime, but not for free Americans.
Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/01/federal-texas-judge-schoolchildren-cattle/#ixzz2HUsVurKg
A valued fellow blogger has invited me to a group which is on Google+. Though I would like to accept this offer, despite precautions I have taken [pseudonym, no personal info on my "profile", etc] I must reluctantly decline.
Anyone who has followed my blog, and made use of the convenient tabs under the site name, knows about my approach to Gov’t intrusion on privacy. NOBODY should bank, or fall prey to this fornicating “paperless” bill paying online. Large organizations with supposedly “secure” files -including government- have been hacked.
MILLIONS HAVE THUS BEEN PUT AT RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT.
Think perhaps their security software might be juat a smidgen better then the average joe? Hmmm? Yet altogether too many people have jumped on the bandwagon, in the name of “convenience” and a misplaced notion of it being good to “go green”. I’M SICK OF THIS EFFLUENT!
PLEASE DON’T BE A VICTIM OF THIS SALES PITCH.
Since the 40′s, the phone company has been in bed with the gov’t. So my “ATT/Yahoo” browser is enough to be reason for a pseudonym, and that might not be enough!
GOVERNMENT, THE NSA, FBI,CORPORATIONS, ALL ARE IN THE INFORMATION HUNT ON YOU:
HOW I CAME TO JOIN WORDPRESS, AND A SNEAKY ASPECT OF GOOGLE:
I SENT MANY OF MY CONTACTS AN E-MAIL IN REGARD TO THE NEWSMAX SOURCE OF THIS PRESENTATION. THE VIDEO IS LONG, AND THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS ARE JUST A SMALL EXAMPLE OF THE INFO THIS PERSON IS TALKING ABOUT:
Excerpts from a Stansberry & Associates Investment Research member -
A Midwestern doctor and former Wall Street Banker (who’s one of America’s Most Patriotic and Conservative Citizens) Says:
I’ve spent most of my life on the straight and narrow.
I went to college, got an MBA from one of America’s top business schools, then landed a job at Goldman Sachs, the most powerful investment bank in the world.
Then I had a second career in medicine.
I finished my studies at the University of North Carolina and became an eye doctor. Along the way I even got a pilot’s license, was published in peer reviewed medical journals and helped start several quite successful businesses.
The point is, I’ve done very well so far, playing within the rules of “the system.”
Today I’m surrounded with a loving family, a grown son, and close friends all around the globe. My hobbies include wine making (I just made my first 120 cases), playing America’s 100 best golf courses (I’ve crossed nearly two dozen courses off the list so far), and big game fishing off the coast of South Florida.
I’m telling you these things because I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about me.
I don’t want you to think I’m some type of hippie-anarchist-radical.
Far from it.
I love America. This country has given me the opportunity for an incredible life, and it’s still far and away the best place on the planet to live and pursue your dreams.
[a selection of his observations] BOLD FONT MY EMPHASIS “X”
From my perspective, it’s been the slow adoption of a series of almost imperceptible new laws, regulations, corrupt ideas… coupled with major changes in technology, which have left us with a country that is barely recognizable from the place we knew only a dozen or so years ago.
My solutions—at least for now—are going to certainly be viewed by those in power as outside the norm at the very least… or perhaps even traitorous.
As a result, the last thing I want to do is to attract the attention of some neo-conservative or wacko-liberal organization, or to make it easy for the government to put my photo on one of their infamous “watch lists.”
Our Gov’t is About to Get VERY Aggressive
#1. The first big change in America that’s going to dramatically affect you is that our governments–on both the state and federal levels–are broke… in every sense of the word.
As a result, they are becoming increasingly desperate, and aggressive.
And as we are all going to learn the hard way over the next few years: Desperate governments will do truly desperate things.
Did you know, for example, that the government has already discussed requiring every citizen to put some of your retirement savings into government-controlled retirement accounts.
And have you seen what’s been happening in some desperate states, where the government is essentially seizing regular people’s safety deposit boxes, and auctioning off the contents?
There are many new tax rates that are set to jump by more than 100% next year. And there are new laws about where you can and can’t move your money without the government knowing.
New laws and new technologies make it easier for the government to have nearly instant access to all of your money.
#2. The second critical shift that’s now taking place is that we are witnessing the near complete loss of Individual Privacy.
Now maybe you’re like some of the folks I talk to, and you say, “Who cares? If you’re not doing anything wrong, you shouldn’t have anything to hide.”
Well let me tell you one thing I know for sure:
We will lose our identity and power as a country, and America will become a much less desirable place to live, work, and start businesses, if everything we do or say is observed, monitored, and recorded.
In Baltimore, the local government has started a project to record all conversations that take place on public buses.
Also, did you know that our top spy bureau, the National Security Agency (NSA) has now basically turned much of its attention from foreign countries… directly onto U.S. citizens?
In fact, NSA is now building the largest data storage facility on the planet in the middle of the Utah desert.
Set to open in 2013, they’ll have the capability of storing a hundred years of electronic communication for every U.S. citizen.
Also, did you know that 20 state and local governments and 24 universities have already been authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly remotely piloted “drones” in U.S. skies, allowing them to spy, take photos, etc. And according to a source quoted in Bloomberg News, “the Federal government has already allocated billions [of dollars] for these, and state and local governments will follow.”
Yes, these are the same type of miniature flying machines we have previously used to spy on enemy movements in Iraq and Afghanistan.
10 years ago, this was unthinkable in the U.S.
Also, did you know that the government has placed RFID chips into all new passports? These chips allow tracking and easy access to all your personal information, anywhere you go.
#3. The third big change I want to address is the near-complete corruption of the mainstream institutions we’ve entrusted to handle our money.
I’m talking specifically about Wall Street’s investment institutions, and big banks located all over the country.
If you have a money market fund, for example, odds are good that some of your money has been placed into very risky debt instruments—yet you are likely being paid less than 1% for taking such big risks!
If you own regular stocks, there’s a good chance your broker is borrowing your shares from YOUR account to execute other trades, without notifying you. This is all completely legal. But most Americans have no idea this is going on.
And I can just about guarantee we’re going to see more firms than ever blow up in the coming years because nearly everyone on Wall Street is involved in “high-frequency trading.”
If you’re not familiar with the term, it basically describes a strategy of using high-powered computers to execute trades at incredibly fast speeds… sometimes making thousands or even millions of trades PER SECOND.
Companies use high-powered computer algorithms to attempt to capture the tiny price differentials in the markets.
Some estimates show that 70% of the trading on the markets today is simply automatic, high-powered computers attempting to capture miniscule gains.
Of course, high-frequency trading has already led to many disasters. The most recent one involved a firm called Knight Capital Partners. Their errant algorithm caused the company to lose $440 million in a span of about 30 minutes.
They (and their customers!), were extremely lucky the firm did not go bankrupt
I have seen horror stories in recent years, in which completely innocent people had their life savings seized or frozen—even though they did absolutely nothing wrong. In fact, this is exactly what happened to one of my best friends not too long ago. Turns out he didn’t owe the government a penny… and they actually owed him money… yet they froze tens of thousands of dollars in his bank account for weeks with the simple click of a button.
Think about what you would do if all of a sudden you could not withdraw any money out of your traditional bank accounts… and you couldn’t use your ATM or credit cards.
POINT IS; WE MUST THINK “OUTSIDE THE BOX”. THE TRANSCRIPT IS FAR LONGER THEN THE EXCERPTS I HAVE LISTED.
He is promoting a subscriptiion to a magazine with his solutions to these egregous intrusions. If you want to take about an hour to view the video,
HERE is the URL:
I was a bit surprised by this – When I found that I needed to change my firewall due to incompatibility issues, most of the problems I was having with my WP pg vanished; this deals with privacy, and most of you have seen my blogs on this subject. Patriots on facebook please take note.
ZoneAlarm Newsletter October 2012
What are you agreeing to when you install Facebook Applications?
In a recent study of 50 million Facebook users and 500,000 Facebook applications, the following conclusions paint a different picture than what most people perceive about the apps they’ve come to love…