Safeway Shopper Card Leads to (false) Arson Arrest

(via A blog doesn't need a clever name)Richard Smith at ComputerBytesMan writes about how a frequent shopping card database led to a false arrest:Tukwila, Washington firefighter, Philip Scott Lyons found out the hard way that supermarket loyalty cards can come…

Update on ChoicePoint story & “Hackers”

More news outlets are finally covering this story (CNN, Reuters, ZDNet). Interesting, however, is that the AP story (picked up by the Washington Post, LA Times, and others) label the perpetrators as "hackers" who "penetrated the company's computer network." Nowhere…

Federal Judge: No Warrant Needed to Use GPS Tracker

(via Privacy.org) A very chilling precedent from an upstate New York federal judge who ruled that police can secretly attach Global Positioning System devices to a suspect's vehicle without a warrant, stating that suspects had "no expectation of privacy in…

California wants GPS Tracking Devices in Every Car

Since many states use gasoline taxes to help fund highway projects and road repairs, the increased usage of gas/electric hybrids hit are causing cash-strapped states to warn of rough roads ahead. California & Oregon are reported to be considering a…

Google and the Mission to Map Meaning and Make Money

(via Google Blogoscoped)Google and the Mission to Map Meaning and Make Money is the title of a new book on Google by Bart Milner. This book is a brief history of Cyberspace and Google's fundamental contribution - a new search…

ChoicePoint Data Stolen By Imposters

MSNBC reports that criminals posing as legitimate businesses have accessed critical personal data stored by ChoicePoint. ChoicePoint collects information from public records (they have contracts with at least 35 federal agencies to share data with them) and then combines it…

‘Google Hacking’ Digs Up Sensitive Material

(via Search Engine Lowdown)This Reuters story looks at the growing problem of sensitive data being readily available via a simple Google search:Hackers have found a handy tool to take control of bank accounts, tap into corporate computer networks and dig…

“Search is the new center of gravity”

(via John Battelle)Roger McNamee, of The New Normal, writes an insightful piece on Google's Desktop Search. He opens:There are very few pieces of technology whose time is longer gone than the hierarchical file system underlying Windows. Finding things on a…