Amazon Personal Search History

Slashdot reports on the recently disclosed patent application by Amazon.com for "Persistently storing and serving event data," which describes a9.com's personal search history feature. Admittedly, I need to spend more time studying the privacy implications of "personalized searching" - the…

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…

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…

What Contracts Can’t Do: The Limits of Private Ordering in Facilitating a Creative Commons

Today I attended the latest Colloquium on Information Technology & Society hosted by the Information Law Institute (of which I'm a Student Fellow), at New York University School of Law. Professor Niva Elkin-Koren of Haifa University Law School gave an…