All Posts Tagged With: "Privacy"

Big Brother is Watching..New Bill to Give Obama Control over Internet

Just when you thought it wouldn’t get worse, it does.  A pair of bills (Sen 773 & 778) have been introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (W-WV) that would be a part what’s being called the “Cybersecurity Act of 2009”.  These bills would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private data online, regulate the cybersecurity industry, and shut down portions of internet traffic if it deems there is an “emergency”.  A new office called the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor would be created and would report directly to the President.  Hmmm….wonder how I apply for that position.  Do I have to pay taxes to be considered?

For your enjoyment, here is a working draft of the bill: 

http://cdt.org/security/CYBERSEC4.pdf

This new Act raises …


DSM Register: Spitzer’s Privacy Invaded by Feds

There is little need to retrace the Eliot Spitzer story except to say: he got caught with a prostitute and apparently was using a form of structuring (attempting to get around federal bank reporting rules) in an attempt to hide the source and/or use of funds.  Although a lot of hay is being made about him being with a prostitute when he had set himself up as the hero against prostitution, the real issues here are going to center around how he was hiding money, and more importantly, why.  There were almost certainly laws broken here, and we suspect there is more to come.

However, the Des Moines Register (a substantively liberal media outlet) expressed an opinion today that this whole tawdry affair should never …


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