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"Brave New Era for Privacy Fight"

posted by:Alex Cameron // 01:10 PM // January 20, 2005 // Digital Democracy: law, policy and politics

Wired News has an excellent article on important privacy issues for 2005 and beyond. Issues covered include the Patriot Act enhancements, data mining, national ID, federal vs. state control over privacy, DNA databases, and RFID. Marc Rotenberg of EPIC and 'On the Identity Trail' is quoted a number of times in the article.

Click here for the Wired article.


The Wired article links to another article in the Christian Science Monitor (http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Banking/P59113.asp) that talks about a bank closing down a person's account because he had been identified as a possible terrorist link. Even though the state investigation indicated he was *not* a risk, he lost his banking privileges. It's a worrisome trend, especially because constitutional protections don't extend to the private sector. Reminds me of the kind of privitization of governance/law enforcement we saw when car rental companies started using black box technology to record speeds and then "ticket" people by charging a "fine" to their VISA - no due process, assumed guilty until, well, until forever since there's no mechanism to appeal. Brave new world, indeed.

Posted by: Valerie Steeves at January 24, 2005 03:57 PM

I believe that California just passed a law requiring labelling of cars with black boxes and prohibiting car rental companies from engaging in that practice. Hopefully others catch on!

Automobile "Black Boxes" Vehicle Code section 9951

This law requires automobile manufacturers that install "event data recorders" in vehicles to disclose that fact in the owner's manual. It also limits the retrieval and use of data from such a device to the vehicle owner or others permitted by the owner, in response to a court order, for the purpose of improving vehicle safety, or for servicing or repairing the vehicle. Data retrieved for improving vehicle safety may not be released for any other purpose and must not reveal the owner's identity if shared with other vehicle safety organizations. Subscription services that install such devices must disclose the device's function in the subscription service agreement. Effective for vehicles manufactured after 7/1/04.


Posted by: Alex Cameron at January 28, 2005 10:40 AM

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