Super Snooper

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

You've heard enough about Big Brother to last a lifetime, so I've renamed him Super Snooper to spare yourepparttar cliche during this discussion.

Super Snooper, (Big Brother), is using terrorism as an excuse to spy on everyone, scan their irises, print their fingers, record their movements and assign threat levels to each and every one of us. The latest announcement fromrepparttar 132058 airline industry tells us ofrepparttar 132059 testing of a huge new database full of facial recognition files, credit card activity records, airline seating charts, travel histories, driver licenses, social security numbers, bank records, employment records and any other "relevant" information they deem necessary to track terrorists.

The computer all this information is stored on is capable of noting who you sit near onrepparttar 132060 plane and if you know anyone else onrepparttar 132061 passenger list. It knows if you've been sleeping. It knows if you're awake. It knows if you've been bad or good. So be good for goodness sakes! Super Snooper knows all-inrepparttar 132062 name of security and safety. I hope everything it knows is, not only true, but unfailingly correct in it's conclusions drawn from everything stored in those really deep data piles.

Snooper sniffsrepparttar 132063 slightest whiff of smelly actions and, using predictive behavior models, assigns a threat level to you and me and dear old Auntie Mabel. Well, that's O.K. with me! It's all in our best interest, right? Security and safety are more important than protecting privacy, right? Right?!

Lest you think I'm exaggerating, hop over torepparttar 132064 Washington Post story from February 1, atrepparttar 132065 link below and review it for yourself.

It's not just terrorism that is putting security inrepparttar 132066 news headlines and privacy onrepparttar 132067 backburner. This week Microsoft announcedrepparttar 132068 appointment of a new Security Czar who takes repparttar 132069 helm as their top privacy protector on April Fools Day. Scott Charney is a former Department of Justice Cybercrime cop who callsrepparttar 132070 top security job at Microsoft, "Irresistable."

Privacy Heat Generates Little Light

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

Privacy and security are topics I've been following closely for over two years online and off. I know I've seen some rather vehement and heated opinions voiced on Privacy and I've watched otherwise very level-headed discussions turn rather boistrous when privacy issues come up in conversations of internet industry marketing or security veterans.

An innocent comment on spam can cause unimaginable eruptions of heated emotions at a internet professional gathering. Vast hotel ballrooms overflow at web conferences to hear panel discussions on IT infrastructure security issues since September 11, 2001. Databases of customer information have been fought over in dot com bankruptcies while accidental exposures of private information is unwittingly made public by simple human error handling email soft- ware. Privacy issues made DoubleClick famous overnight.

I watched two episodes ofrepparttar popular network television show "Law and Order" just this month that dealt with innocent death due to a hacker killing diabetics in one show and a stalker accessing private information purchased from datamining profiteers to kill an innocent in another show. These programs are supposedly based on real-life cases. Privacy issues have made it to Prime-Time on 60 Minutes repeatedly, from identity theft to facial recognition software to airport security matters.

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