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Court Rejects ACLU Challenge to Wiretaps

AP – “The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The justices, without comment, turned down an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union to let it pursue a lawsuit against the program that began shortly after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.”

Oy! (via)

At least we still have the Appeals Courts, FWIW.

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The Anonymity Experiment

Catharine Price – “In 2006, David Holtzman decided to do an experiment. Holtzman, a security consultant and former intelligence analyst, was working on a book about privacy, and he wanted to see how much he could find out about himself from sources available to any tenacious stalker.” (via)

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More on Shared Items

Felipe Hoffa thinks that sharing items aspect of Google Reader invades his privacy.

I tend to disagree. When I share content, I know that it’s going to any who wants to read it. That’s what “Shared Items” means. Don’t want to read it, then don’t read it.

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More on Big Brother

From the Washington Post – “The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.”

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More on Amazon.com

Mike Adams – “Is the U.S. government trying to profile the psychology of its citizens by secretly data mining their book purchasing habits?”

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Learning From Amazon.com

Nice!! A Q&A with an Amazon lawyer on how they fought for privacy and user records.

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Amazon Does Not Have to Reveal Names of Used Book Buyers

Maybe when the feds go after library patron data, they will remember this.

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Privacy and Self Check Out

Chronicles of Dissent – “With self-check, patrons can come pick up books they reserve without having to wait on line or for librarian assistance. The problem with self-check is that libraries put the reserved books out where they are available to everyone and with the patron’s name on the tag, allowing anyone and everyone to see what you have reserved.”

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Big Brother

Ryan Singel – “International travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years.” (via)

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Library Privacy Laws

NewJersey.com – “A borough lawsuit against the local library may test the privacy of patron records and the independence of a library from municipal government.”

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