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.”
Mike Adams – “Is the U.S. government trying to profile the psychology of its citizens by secretly data mining their book purchasing habits?”
Nice!! A Q&A with an Amazon lawyer on how they fought for privacy and user records.
Maybe when the feds go after library patron data, they will remember this.
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 patronâ€™s name on the tag, allowing anyone and everyone to see what you have reserved.”
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)
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.”
Computerworld – “What if there were a giant database that contained your hidden insecurities, embarrassing medical questions and the fact that you still think from time to time about your high school girlfriend? Well, such a data store does exist — if you’ve ever plugged such private topics into a search engine.” (via)