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Repost: DEA directs agents to cover up the sources of information used to investigate Americans

August 12, 2013 3:35 pm Sasha_Romanosky 0
This story courtesy of Akiva Miller: “Reuters reported yesterday that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been starting criminal investigations of drug-related offenses based on information obtained from  from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records – information that usually cannot be used in criminal investigations not related to national security matters.…
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Both sides to the NSA surveillance debate

July 29, 2013 9:55 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
Position 1: Snowden is a whistleblower and what the government is doing is illegal: http://www.whistleblower-insider.com/the-simmering-storm-over-americas-secret-surveillance-court/ Position 2: Snowden leaked classified documents improperly, and in fact, there are many controls and restrictions governing surveillance: See this talk by  Robert Litt (General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligenceat) at a recent a Brookings event http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/GovernmentInte
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Battling Big Brother, comments from Personal Democracy and Freedom, 2013

June 10, 2013 1:10 pm Sasha_Romanosky 0
I was invited to be a panelist at this year’s Personal Democracy and Freedom (PDF) conference held here in New York City. The panel was titled, “Battling Big Brother” and the idea was to comment on the degree to which individuals may be caught up in collateral damage from government collection and mining of data for the purpose of national security.…
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comScore and their privacy litigation woes

May 8, 2013 9:26 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
I recently had a chance to learn about and speak with folks from a company called comScore. Essentially, this company offers free stuff to consumers in exchange for tracking all their web browsing activity. And they can get very detailed information about one’s buying habits.…
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FTC call for comments on the ‘internet of things’

May 2, 2013 10:16 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
  In a follow up to the FTC’s interest in understanding how data collectors obtain and use person consumer data, they have again posted a request for comments regarding the interconnectedness of IT devices. This means IP medical devices, wireless routers in cars, and all other forms of ubiquitous computing with the capability of communicating with other devices.…
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Comments to Dept of Commerce on Protecting Critical Infrastructure

April 29, 2013 10:37 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
As a result of a recent Executive Order, the Administration is seeking comments on ways to protect national security. I was invited to submit comments to the Department of Commerce on this topic. There is a legitimate difficulty with understanding and developing public policies in order to protect privacy, or achieving secure IT systems.…
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Seattle bar (preemptively) bans google glasses

March 11, 2013 10:39 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
Interesting foresight that some have. According to their own blog, The 5 Point Cafe (a self-described dive bar) in Seattle, WA has already begun banning google glasses: http://the5pointcafe.com/google-glasses-banned/ . This presents an interesting tension between the right for any private entity to define its own terms, and the expectation of privacy that one should (should not) enjoy in a ‘public’ space.…