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Sep 26, 2000

CueCat profiling potential described
Privacy from Companies9/26/2000; 9:26:38 AM 'Freebie bar-code scanner CueCat, which enables users to swipe bar codes in print media and have their browser immediately directed to related information on the Web, uses software which transmits all the information that maker Digital:Convergence would need to record every bar code that every user scans, and which could be used to profile users, an advisory by the Privacy Foundation explains. 'Another feature enables users so inclined to connect their PC sound card to their TV audio output. The CueCat software then listens for signals encoded within the audio of television programmes and advertisements that convey information comparable to a barcode.'Normally, I'd have linked directly to the report, but I wanted to reward The Register for being clueful enough to include a link to the report at the end of their article!Anyhow, the article in question is here.


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Sep 26, 2000

A Watchdog With Some Bite
Privacy from Companies9/26/2000; 9:16:19 AM 'Based at the University of Denver, the Privacy Foundation joins a dozen or so other watchdogs – including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – guarding consumer privacy. But as an independent foundation, it should have more clout than industry groups such as TRUSTe and the Network Advertising Initiative, which police their own members. Barton's foundation has one other distinction: Concentrating on technology rather than on public policy, it will sharpen the debate between companies that gather private information and the groups that monitor them.'Let's hope it works as well as they hope.Also don't miss the "Defenders of Data" table at the end.


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Sep 25, 2000

Defanging Carnivore
Surveillance and Privacy from Government
9/25/2000; 8:36:04 PM This is an excellent interview with the author of Altivore, explaining the reasoning more clearly then the other coverage I've seen. Makes a lot of sense to me.

Re: Security firm tests FBI limits with e-mail surveillance tool on Sept. 20, 2000.


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Sep 25, 2000

Little bit o' Javascript helps site scanning
Fun Stuff!9/25/2000; 8:13:14 PM For those who scan the same basic set of sites daily it can be easy to miss one or two in a day. So I added in a bit of Javascript on my sources page that will pop open a window easily for each source in the list. It's easy to add sources with Manila (though there's nothing Manila-specific about the script).If you want to steal, errrrr, use it on your own site, look in this site's Javascript (http://static.userland.com/gems/irights/site.js) for the OpenAllChildLinks function. There's a lot of stuff in that .js file, but this funtion is independent of everything else (except a global variable it uses).Have fun!


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Sep 24, 2000

Secrets & Lies: Digital security in a networked world
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9/24/2000; 1:07:40 PM 'The following is an edited excerpt from "Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World" by Bruce Schneier.'

This is a good chance to read some very good material without buying the book. Please do read this.


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