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TD Ameritrade Hacked

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Word coming out a couple hours ago on the AP Newswire (via MSNBC) that TD Ameritrade has been hacked and information has been compromised. Bad news: Information such as email addresses, names, addresses and phone numbers was retrieved from this database and affects TD AMERITRADE retail and institutional clients. Good news: Client assets held in […]

More Google Privacy News

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Slashdot has an article talking about some Google Privacy Quickies. A recap of sorts of some of the latest Google privacy news and statements. Google Privacy Quickies – Slashdot

Google Privacy Policies Receive Scathing Review

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Privacy International is an International (duh) Privacy watchdog group that just released a report of privacy rankings for many of the Internet’s major players (ie. Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Facebook, etc). The Washington Post has an article talking about the report here. One excerpt from the report states: “We are aware that the decision to place […]

Driver License = Debit Card?

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Again, this has privacy nightmare written all over it. An article entitled “Use Your Driver’s License as a Debit Card” ran in Tuesday’s BusinessWeek. The general premise is that why should we as consumers, be burdened down with all these credit cards, debit cards and customer loyalty cards, when we already have a driver’s license […]

Privaris plusID Biometric Scanner

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I was reading my normal blogs today and I stumbled across someone discussing biometric means of authentication. As a standard response, I’ve always said I’m against all forms of biometric products. I just don’t want my fingerprint, retinal scan, palm print, or whatever the next form of biometric data is, in some external database. I […]

Google To Anonymize User Search Data

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

This news is so awesome. Google announced in their blog on March 14th, 2007, that they would begin anonymizing user search data after 18-24 months. Upon further reading of their Privacy Policies and Log Retention FAQ, it appears this new policy won’t actually go into effect until sometime near the end of 2007. However, it’s […]

Magnetic Stripe Card Reading

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

A few months ago I used to be very interested in mag stripe reading and what data was contained on the back of a lot of various cards.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  You see them everyday on your student ID, drivers license, credit cards, frequent flyer miles, etc.  I’ve always wondered just […]

Spying Too Secret For Court

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

If you have not been following the AT&T’s latest argument as to why the case should be thrown out and swept under the carpet.  AT&T claims the case should be thrown out as they have no way to defend themselves without endangering national security.  Of course the Federal government has simultaneously filed a suit backing […]