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Archive for January 11th, 2010

Body scanners capable of storing, sending images, group says

Monday, January 11th, 2010

So, a quick firmware upgrade or backdoor keystroke combination and that functionality is ready to roll, right after the next Underpants Bomber mysteriously strolls onto an aircraft without a passport. Niiice. So are you enjoying being lied to continuously? Or simply getting acclimatized to tyranny?

Flashback: Dutch police develop mobile body scans | Whole-body airport scanners are basically safe–or are they? | Body scanners coming to Canadian airports | UK: New scanners break child porn laws | US implements travel profiling: Tougher air screening for ’security-risk’ countries | UK: Full-body scanners being ordered for airports, says Gordon Brown | Group slams Chertoff on conflict of interest in scanner promotion | The ‘Israelification’ of airports: High security, little bother | Underwear Bomber Renews Calls for ‘Naked Scanners’ | Federal Privacy Commissioner raises alarm over terror security measures | Privacy watchdog OKs ‘naked’ airport scanners | Security may soon test ‘virtual strip search’ at large Canadian aiports | US Border Guards to Expand Use of X-Ray Body Scanners | Homeland Security seeks Bladerunner-style lie detector | Greyhound introduces security screening of passengers, bans fruit, carry-ons | Germany rejects full-body scans at airports | Interpol wants facial recognition database to catch suspects | ‘Pre-crime’ detector shows promise | Eye scans, fingerprints to control NZ borders | Air passengers to undergo ‘virtual strip search’ | US Homeland Security Keen on ‘Novel’ Israeli Airport Security Technology | Israel startup uses behavioral science to identify terrorists | Airport scanner a ‘virtual strip search’

Jeanne Meserve, Mike M. Ahlers, CNN
January 11, 2010

“We surrender!” – The People.

A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.

The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said.

In the documents, obtained by the privacy group and provided to CNN, the TSA specifies that the body scanners it purchases must have the ability to store and send images when in “test mode.”

That requirement leaves open the possibility the machines — which can see beneath people’s clothing — can be abused by TSA insiders and hacked by outsiders, said EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg.

EPIC, a public-interest group focused on privacy and civil rights, obtained the technical specifications and vendor contracts through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The written requirements also appear to contradict numerous assurances the TSA has given the public about the machines’ privacy protections.

“The machines have zero storage capability,” the TSA Web site says.


Privacy no longer a social norm, says Facebook founder

Monday, January 11th, 2010

See how that works? When you’ve let your kids grow up to think that ‘sexting’ and watching ‘Big Brother’ is perfectly normal behaviour, the full disclosure of naked body scanners and tech like fulltime GPS tracking will have its early adopters among the youth of Canada – who, below a certain age, don’t really know what they are getting into. If it happens, this will have been a failing of those of us living through this crucial transitional period.

Flashback: Facebook Privacy Changes Break the Law, Privacy Groups Tell FTC | Think before you post, privacy czar says | Facebook to make privacy changes, keep user data indefinitely if not deleted | Facebook violates privacy law: watchdog | Facebook’s Users Ask Who Owns Information | UK Security services want personal data from sites like Facebook | MI6 seeks recruits on Facebook | Behavioral Targeting: ‘It’s Only Going to Get Creepier’ | Facebook ‘violates privacy laws’ | With friends like these …

Bobby Johnson, The Guardian
January 11, 2010

The rise of social networking online means that people no longer have an expectation of privacy, according to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Talking at the Crunchie awards in San Francisco this weekend, the 25-year-old chief executive of the world’s most popular social network said that privacy was no longer a “social norm”.

“People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people,” he said. “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”

Zuckerberg said that the rise of social media reflected changing attitudes among ordinary people, adding that this radical change has happened in just a few years.

“When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was, ‘why would I want to put any information on the internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?’.”

“Then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way, and just all these different services that have people sharing all this information.”


North Korea calls for peace treaty with US

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Flashback: State Of War Between Two Koreas After Armistice Ended | Swiss nuclear-smuggling suspect says CIA made him do it | How the USA Gave North Korea The Bomb

Peter Walker, The Guardian
January 11, 2010

Pyongyang wants nuclear talks in exchange for treaty as US envoy describes North Korea’s human rights record as appalling

North Korea today called for a formal peace treaty with the US as a precondition for its return to international talks about the country’s nuclear programme.

However, in an apparent signal of Washington’s scepticism about closer ties with the reclusive dictatorship, the US’s new envoy on North Korea’s human rights described Pyongyang’s record on the issue as “appalling”.

North Korea’s foreign ministry said it wanted peace talks with Washington to work towards a more formal accord to replace the truce which ended the 1950-53 Korean war, bringing about Korea’s separation. This would be a means for the North to re-enter six-party nuclear discussions involving the two Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia.

“If confidence is to be built between [North Korea] and the US, it is essential to conclude a peace treaty for terminating the state of war, a root cause of the hostile relations, to begin with,” the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying.