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  • more news on RIFD leading to big fun for Big Brother

    like 70% of all the "unchecked state power goes nuts on an assault against privacy and civil liberties" stories, this one comes to us from across the pond in the U.K...

    Oyster [an RFID subway card] data use rises in crime clampdown

    Figures disclosed today show a huge leap in police requests to Transport for London, which operates the Oyster cards used to travel on buses, trains and the underground. Just seven information requests were made by police in the whole of 2004, compared with 61 requests made in January this year alone. Overall, police have requested to see journey information 243 times, and been given it 229 times, according to figures obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, the Press Association reported.
    i don't want people thinking that i'm surprised by this... it's to be expected that law enforcement agencies who have historically had little to no limits on their power over citizens will always jump on the latest technology and try to squeeze every little bit they can out of it.

    i'm just saddened that citizens don't fight back against it anymore. addiction to convenience is the greatest threat to security with respect to users who many of us face in our jobs, and the same holds true for civillians and their interaction with the government. you can put up a sign on a busy highway that says "super express lane next exit... submit to a full search of your car, a fingerprinting, and a piss test... then you get to drive at 90 miles per hour in a lane with almost no cars!!" and you'd have a line of vehicles stretching back for half a mile as people try to get on to that road.
    "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
    - Trent Reznor

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    For whoever cares, I think the barriers were tested and broken by the biggest convenience for the biggest privacy loss of all time: the ATM card.

    We bit the hook with full force and are unable to let go.

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    • #3
      Well Deviant, you'll just love this one:

      UK holds Microsoft security talks

      UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files.

      Windows Vista is due to be rolled out later this year. Cambridge academic Ross Anderson told MPs it would mean more computer files being encrypted.

      He urged the government to look at establishing "back door" ways of getting around encryptions.

      The Home Office later told the BBC News website it is in talks with Microsoft.
      Full story here:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4713018.stm
      Thorn
      "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." - Catherine Aird

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      • #4
        Just wrap your RFID cards in tinfoil ;)

        LosT

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        • #5
          ... Just like the US state department's new passports
          Never drink anything larger than your head!





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