November 18, 2012 |
Like all tragedies, the Petraeus saga is a tale of how things get beyond your control. It began as a sexual affair that, if of questionable morality, was at least not illegal. But with the speed of e-mail, it shot out runners where no one could have predicted. The FBI investigated. A CIA head resigned. A big military nomination was frozen. Reputations and perhaps families were riven. E-mail was key. It's vulnerable to surveillance - even when you try to hide it, as Gen. David Petraeus and his biographer/paramour, Paula Broadwell, did. Petraeus and Broadwell used a clever ruse to hide their contact: They shared a Gmail account under a pseudonym.
October 27, 2012 |
CHICAGO - The federal government is quietly removing full-body X-ray scanners from seven major airports and replacing them with a different type of machine that produces a cartoonlike outline instead of the naked images that have been compared to a virtual strip search. The Transportation Security Administration says it is making the switch in technology to speed up lines at crowded airports, not to ease passenger privacy concerns. But civil liberties groups hope the change signals that the equipment will eventually go to the scrap heap.
October 18, 2012 |
September 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — More than a third of Americans worry their privacy will suffer if drones like those used to spy on U.S. enemies overseas become the latest police tool for tracking suspected criminals at home, according to an Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll. Congress has directed the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with safety regulations that will clear the way for routine domestic use of unmanned aircraft within the next three years. The government is under pressure from a wide range of interests to open U.S. skies to drones.
August 3, 2012 |
When Microsoft Corp. unveils a new version of its Web browser, users will be able to traverse sites as always, but with one significant difference: The company plans to make "do not track" the default setting. That means Internet Explorer 10, expected to launch in the fall, will automatically curtail the personal information garnered as users surf - data shared by third-party companies to serve up targeted advertising. The move puts Microsoft out in front of a process to set new Internet privacy standards - and puts it at odds with the $31 billion online advertising industry.
July 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. At the end of an obituary that she cowrote with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, they disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years. That was it. As details trickled out after Ride's death Monday, it became clear that a circle of family, friends, and coworkers had long known of the relationship and embraced it. For millions of others, who admired Ride as the first American woman in space, it was a revelation - and it sparked a discussion about privacy vs. public candor in regard to sexual orientation.
June 14, 2012 |
Question: How much privacy should a married couple, of 20-plus years, have from each other? Do you believe a spouse should have private passwords to computer, e-mail, phone, Facebook, etc., and private conversations on the phone? This is a very big bone of contention between my spouse and me, and I would really like your unbiased opinion. Answer: I think the details of passwords, etc., matter less than what you do with them and how trustworthy each of you thinks the other is. Four examples: 1. Couples can have private conversations and passwords they don't share, just because they believe in privacy and individuality, even if they have nothing to hide.
May 26, 2012 |
Americans who pick up the phone to call overseas have no way of knowing whether they're on the modern-day equivalent of a party line. For that, they can blame the unwarranted expansion of U.S. antiterrorism surveillance in the wake of 9/11. More than a decade after the terror attacks, the constitutionality of spying on untold numbers of likely innocent citizens — including by monitoring their e-mail messages — has yet to be tested by the courts. Now, though, the Supreme Court could clear the way for that long-overdue legal review with a ruling granting citizens the right to challenge secret wiretapping of international calls and messages out of the plausible fear that their privacy rights are being breached.
May 23, 2012 |
Even the 30-day prison sentence given to a former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to secretly record his roommate having a romantic encounter with another man may have been too much. Many legal experts agree that Dharun Ravi, 20, probably wouldn't have been charged with any crime had not his victim, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide two days after the September 2010 incident. Even so, there was no evidence that Ravi's despicable act directly triggered Clementi's death.
May 3, 2012 |
When Dave Clarke wants to fill a position at AuthenticMatters in Old City, he sifts through the stack of resumes and looks up candidates on Google. He expects a presence online, he says, especially considering the company's work — digital strategy and communications consultancy. "That's your online resume," AuthenticMatters' founder says of tweets, blogs, and status updates. "It's not what you attach to an e-mail. "We're not digging for dirt or hunting for drunken photos or anything," he continues.