Archive for privacy rights

Google’s censorship report reveals Government requests for user data information and content removal drastically increased

Posted in Big Brother, Google, Internet, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by saynsumthn

PC World titled their article: Google Reports ‘Alarming’ Rate of Government Censorship

About two years ago Google started posting data online in its Transparency Report. The data includes real-time traffic information, as well as requests from individuals, companies, or governments to surrender data, and requests to have sites or information removed from Google search or from YouTube.

According to CNN, Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a “transparency report” released by Google.

“It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect — Western democracies not typically associated with censorship,” Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, wrote in a blog post on Sunday night.

In the last half of 2011, U.S. agencies asked Google to remove 6,192 individual pieces of content from its search results, blog posts or archives of online videos, according to the report. That’s up 718% compared with the 757 such items that U.S. agencies asked Google to remove in the six months prior.

In the last half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests for user data from government agencies in the United States and complied at least in part with 93% of them, according to data released in the report.

Those requests for information about Google users come as part of criminal investigations, Google says, and are not unique to the company.

Google complied more frequently with U.S.-based requests for information about users than with requests from other countries, according to the report.

The number of user data requests Google received from the United States was up 6% over the previous six-month period and 37% compared with the last half of 2010.

See Goggle’s Transparency Report here

Big Brother is watching you online: Employers are running social-media searches on job applicants

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by saynsumthn

Marketwatch has an interesting article worth reading here ( Below is a snippet)

The next time you apply for a job, don’t be surprised if you have to agree to a social-media background check. Many U.S. companies and recruiters are now looking at your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other accounts and blogs — even YouTube — to paint a clearer picture of who you are.. And now the Federal Trade Commission has decided that companies that research how you spend your personal time and what your passions and hobbies are do not violate your privacy..

Drucker said he only searches for what the companies direct him to find and stays away from giving employers information that might be considered discriminatory to the hiring process. Employers, for example, cannot legally make hiring decisions based on race, religion, marital status or disability. But they can make decisions based on whether or not they like your attitude or your ethics.

A Social Intelligence report to a company would include racist remarks, sexually explicit photos or videos, or flagrant displays of weapons or illegal activity, Drucker said. And your decision to post a naked picture of yourself might not go over well with a potential employer.

“That might not be relevant to the job, but an employer gets to determine if that’s the kind of person he wants representing his company,” Drucker said.”We don’t make the decisions. We just generate the reports.”

He said he has been surprised by how many racist comments and flagrant displays of drug use people post online. “It’s not just smoking marijuana. It’s snorting cocaine, talking about doing Ecstasy on Twitter or a forum or message board, showing it in photos or video-sharing sites,” he said.

Some companies are mining photo- and video-gathering sites using facial-recognition software. If you were among those rioting in the streets of Vancouver after the National Hockey League championship, for example, a potential boss could find you the same way the police tracked down those responsible for some of the bedlam — in the pictures.

Giant data bank being created by feds under new law

Posted in Big Brother, Internet, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Under the title the “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act”, Congress is advancing legislation that would make it easier for law enforcement to access information about the online activities of all Americans, regardless of whether or not they are suspected of having committed a crime.

By a 19-10 vote, the bipartisan bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on July 27th, as the media frenzy around the debt ceiling debate was consuming virtually all the attention being paid to Capitol Hill. It will now move to the full House floor for a vote on passage. Unless perceptions of the bill shift dramatically, it is expected to pass and move to the Senate.

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Where else is this happening? COMMUNIST CHINA – This is today’s Stratfor Dispatch Report…..

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Get arrested, lose privacy rights

Posted in Big Brother, Privacy with tags , , , , on January 13, 2011 by saynsumthn

A Christian police officer is defending the California Supreme Court’s recent decision to support authorities’ rights to search an arrested person’s cell phone.

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that police are allowed to search the cell phones of individuals they arrest, stating that an arrestee loses privacy rights once he or she is taken into custody. In a 5-2 ruling, the state court announced that the loss of privacy gives police the right to seize and search what they find on an arrestee’s body.

The decision out of California also gives police the ability to “rummage at leisure through the wealth of personal and business information” found on cell phones and handheld computers. So Dye believes the issue will make it to the federal level.

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Big Brother wants Internet ID System

Posted in Big Brother, Internet, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by saynsumthn

According to CNET President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

It’s “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates, including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil-liberties groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of police and intelligence agencies.

The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Schmidt spoke.

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Trust the government with all your private accounts? Can anyone say WIKILEAKS??????????

According to Bloomberg: Civil libertarians have expressed concern that the system may not protect privacy as well as the government is promising.

“If the concept were implemented in a perfect way it would be very good,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for privacy and technology at the New York-based American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s a convenience. But having a single point of failure may not be good for protecting privacy. The devil’s really in the details.” He said the ACLU would “vehemently oppose” anything that resembled a national ID card.

Aaron Brauer-Rieke, a fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, a civil liberties group, said it was important that the system would be operated by private companies, not the government. He said he was concerned about how the data on consumer online transactions would be used.

“New identity systems will allow moving from one site to another with less friction and open up data flows, but might also enable new kinds of targeted advertising,” he said. “We have to make sure privacy doesn’t get lost in this.”

Schwartz and McConnell said the new system wouldn’t be a national identity card and that companies, not the government, would manage the data being passed online.

“There will not be a single data base for this information,” McConnell said.

Judge Napolitano On National I.D. Card

Posted in Big Brother, biometrics, Immigration, New World Order with tags , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by saynsumthn