“Bad Theater” – Is Security Just a Perception Game

I recently read an article in Wired about problems with a particular airport security body scanner. Apparently, semi-clever attackers can conceal guns, knives and explosives in a way that makes them virtually undetected by the now-discussed Rapiscan detector previously deployed at thousands of airports, and currently deployed at courthouses and other places near you. That…

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Google is Turning Your Emails Over to the Feds

How would you feel if your email provider were routinely reading your e-mails, looking for illegal content, and then turning over the contents of your e-mail to law enforcement agencies anywhere in the world? Well, guess what. They are. Right now, though only to a somewhat limited extent, but enough so that the U.S. government…

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Facebook’s New Privacy Policy on Messenger Service Exceedingly Broad

In Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” John Cleese and Eric Idle show up at Terry Gilliam’s house to remove his liver as part of an organ donation program. When Gilliam objects noting “I’m still using it” the interlopers pull out his liver donation card, which permits the extraction.  When Gilliam protests that the card notes…

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Privacy is NOT Binary

Earlier today I walked into my local library.  A sign on the door proudly announced that there were video cameras in use for the patron’s protection. I have a problem with that. Actually, I don’t have a problem with video cameras for patron’s protection.  So if someone is assaulted, robbed, or worse I want there to be…

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The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!!

Imagine the son of a Member of Congress sitting on the beach in the Caribbean, when strange looking men in suits approach him. And not bathing suits. The men, officials of the FSB – Russian intelligence and law enforcement, grab the kid, put him in a car, then a boat, then a plane and ferry him…

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