- By Robert Beckhusen
- The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. And it won’t even try to friend you on Facebook first.According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a “massive online data repository system” for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII). The system is intended to operate for at least five years, and be able to process automated searches of individuals, and “find connection points between two or more individuals” by linking together “structured and unstructured data.” READ THE REST HERE
Internet Firms Push Back on California Proposal Requiring They Disclose What Has Been Done With Users’ Information
Silicon Valley is fighting privacy advocates over a California bill, the first of its kind in the nation, that would require companies like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.to disclose to users the personal data they have collected and with whom they have shared it.
The industry backlash is against the “Right to Know Act,” a bill introduced in February by Bonnie Lowenthal, a Democratic assemblywoman from Long Beach. It would make Internet companies, upon request, share with Californians personal information they have collected—including buying habits, physical location and sexual orientation—and what they have passed on to third parties such as marketing companies, app makers and other companies that collect and sell data. READ THE REST HERE
In a classic example of the many things that can go wrong when a nation finds itself in dozens of entangling alliances around the globe, the United States government has now found itself funding the very organization it went to war with over a decade ago, following the horrific 9/11 attacks – al-Qaeda. READ THE REST HERE
As many times as we publish the increasing amount of ammunition for various federal agencies, we continue to be baffled by the apparent unconcern on the part of the DHS that the American people are watching and Congress wants answers. Since the agency has already purchased more than 2 billion rounds, and since hollow-point bullets are forbidden under international law to be used in war, what in the world does the DHS need them for. .