Do Employees Have an Expectation of Privacy at Work

Employees have no expectation of privacy at work, right?  And this is especially true for government employees working on government computers on government networks? Right? I mean, the log on banner expressly says that there is no expectation of privacy, and that the government – both as government, as law enforcement, and as employer can…

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Through the Looking Glass

In Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” Humpty Dumpty tells Alice [the one of Alice in Wonderland], “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” Alice replies, “The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things” to which Humpty replies,…

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Attorney Client Privilege and the NSA

The New York Times recently reported that the NSA, through intermediaries in Australia, was actively engaged in collecting communications between the Government of Indonesia and their U.S. law firm hired in connection with a trade dispute.  The case, and its logical consequences, raises the questions of whether or not there is anything left of the…

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House of Cards

Packets is packets, right?  Wrong. With the demise of the Net Neutrality standards, Internet providers are free to “prioritize” certain kinds of packets over others.  Now this is nothing new.  The TCP/IP protocols already prioritize packets based upon their nature, source and destination.  Latency is not much of a problem for e-mail, file transfer, or…

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Die Data, Die

On Facebook’s 10th Anniversary, many people posted short videos taken from their “life” on Facebook.  These included pictures, likes, favorites, etc. from their tenure as Facebook products – um, customers.  It made me realize how much information, and indeed how much trivial but potentially important information is stored on Facebook, and searchable (or subpoenable) about…

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State of the [Cyber] Union

On a bitter cold January day, the President of the United States appeared before a joint session of Congress to fulfill his Constitutional obligation to “from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The President…

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