Google Desktop 3.0 Copies Your Hard Drive

Google released a new version of their Desktop software, which includes a feature allowing users to search their files across computers. The service is not activated by default, and (savvy) users can opt to block certain files from being accessible…

Federal Government Considered Web-surveillance Project

ComputerWord reports that the government was approached by the data-aggregation firm Acxiom to conduct widespread surveillance of web sites discussing topics such as “abortion, racial superiority, politics, religion, immigration, and foreign affairs,” using technology designed to extract business contact information…

How to triangulate location data, privacy and profit

OUT-LAW.COM posts about an opinion on privacy compliance from the EU's Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection. The issue at hand is the growing ability to triangulate location data with the plethora of data services/devices we use in everyday…

Speed Cameras Used To Charge People With Other Crimes

Techdirt points to this (inevitable) example of function creep in the use of traffic cameras:A motorist who made V-signs [equivalent to the middle finger -mz] at a police speed camera has been convicted of dangerous driving and banned for a…

Gore to Speak About Domestic Spy Program

With end of semester craziness, the holidays, and the transition to this new website, I wasn't able to blog about the revelations that the President authorized the NSA to engage in domestic surveillance without proper warrants. [See Bruce Schneier's excellent…

MIT Tracks Students’ Movements Via Network Connections

MIT seems to like to experiment with ways of tracking its students. LawMeme reports that MIT has granted students access to information about its network traffic perviously available only to network administrator's. Students can now log in and view the…