Friday, November 26, 2004


I've attended this conference twice and have come away impressed at the vigilance of a dedicated group of attorneys and technology gurus dedicated to preserving and advocating personal and financial privacy. It's mostly preaching to the choir since everyone attending seems to agree on the importance of protecting privacy in all it's forms. But you'll come away aware of more that needs to be done and additional privacy concerns we all inevitably need to protect.

Invaluable conference that I recommend highly for all charged with privacy issues for their web site or business. The following is an announcement from conference organizers seeking proposals for speakers and topics. Jump in if you have anything to offer the privacy community!

Date: Fri Nov 26, 2004 5:14:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
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Subject: CFP-2005 Call for Proposals

Panopticon 2005

April 12-15, 2005, Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

The 15th annual conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy takes place from Tuesday, April 12th, to Friday, April 15th, 2005, in Seattle, Washington.

The Program Committee is now accepting proposals for conference sessions and speakers for CFP2005. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2004

CFP serves as an internationally recognized forum for the members of the technical, government, hacker, legal, business, education, media, cyber-rights, and non-profit communities to address cutting edge technical, business, legal and cultural issues. Programs, topics, and speakers from prior years' CFP conferences can be found at:

The CFP2005 Program Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of technology, freedom and privacy. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that ask the hard questions about privacy and freedom in emerging surveillance societies, and challenging those assumptions. For example, how much surveillance is too much? When does surveillance cease making us more secure and begin to change the fabric of society?

The theme of the 15th CFP is "Panopticon 2005." Over time, and particularly recently, surveillance of ordinary citizens has increasedto dramatic levels. Not only are governments watching more aspects of their citizens' lives, but those in the private sector are increasing surveillance of people as well. Often lost in the race to "increase intelligence" are discussions about different approaches to address problems like the threat of terrorism that are equally or more effective, but do not involve extensive and constant surveillance.

In addition to topics directly related to the Panopticon 2005 theme, other areas of interest include:

  1. domestic and international travel issues

  2. communications surveillance

  3. children and young adults growing up in a surveillance society

  4. social networking

  5. the flourishing of free speech (i.e. blogging) in spite of increased

  6. RFIDs and other emerging technologies

  7. Intellectual property issues

We are seeking proposals for tutorials, plenary sessions, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions. We are also seeking suggestions for speakers and other relevant topics not listed above. Sessions should present a wide range of thinking on a topic by including speakers from different viewpoints. We particularly welcome proposals for non-traditional presentations - those that utilize drama, "mock trials," interactivity, the performing arts, and audience participation.

Complete submission instructions appear on the CFP2005 web site:

All submissions must be received by December 31, 2004. The CFP2005 Program Committee will notify submitters of the status of their proposals by January 20, 2005.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents

Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents according to a PCWorld story in the news today. In this article, Peter Crean, a senior research fellow at Xerox, says Xerox uses technology in their laser printers to put the "serial number of each machine coded in little yellow dots" and can thus track any document made on them back to you like a "license plate" to the original owner of the machine.

This is done, in theory, to help trace and stop counterfeiting because laser printers can easily reproduce real looking copies of money. The printer manufacturers have adopted the technology to assuage the fears of many governments that large scale copying of their money would occur if they allowed the laser printers to be sold. The nearly invisible yellow dots are applied about every inch of any document printed and requires a blue light and a magnifier to be able to see them.

This all makes great sense in tracing counterfeit money, but consumers should be told that this technology is being used and can track all documents back to them through manufacturers product registration and warranty database. It's another way to remove all trace of anonymity from any document printed from your own laser printer and has been in use for years.

More surveillance at work. Lorelei Pagano, a couterfeiting specialist with the U.S. Secret Service, says "The only time any information is gained from these documents is purely in a criminal act."

That is the claim of all surveillance technologies and is used as justification for public spying of all kinds by governments and large corporations that employ these types of big brother tools. All that is required is NOTICE to the consumer or citizen in public places that they are being monitored and when that is not done, there appears to be more to the story. The fact that this laser printer technology has been kept quiet for over ten years it has been in use suggest that there is more to this story as well.

Clearly, if that notice was provided by laser printer manufacturers, fewer counterfeiters would attempt to use the machines to counterfeit money. So why not just announce it in product literature and discourage counterfeiting before it is done, rather than wait a track down criminals AFTER the fact? There must be more to this story.

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Monday, November 22, 2004

State of US Privacy - International Report

State of US Privacy - International Report has been published and posted on the Privacy International Web Site. This report looks at key areas of concern to privacy advocates, including Rulings from the Supreme Court, status of The Privacy Act of 1974, FTC and consumer Privacy (longest section of this report), Internet Privacy, Electronic Surveillance, The Patriot Act, The 9-11 Commission, Surveillance and National ID, RFID (Radio Frequency ID tags). and Voting Privacy.

The above is just the US report. The introduction page to the Privacy International and EPIC Annual Global Privacy Study has links to individual country reports, a foreward, executive summary, overview, a Privacy Glossary and a links to International specific threats to privacy,Privacy Resources Worldwide page. Invaluable global view and perspective.

It's not light reading, so dedicate a few hours at the very least to reading it. Fortunately, it's all linked, annotated, cross referenced and uses all the best features of the web to make reading and research comprehensible. I'll be devoting some time to it myself and highly recommend everyone spend at least a click through and skim of at least a few of the pages of this comprehensive and exhaustive report.

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ID Theft Passport Microchip

Microchip passport critics say ID theft possible This USA Today Story outlines how the design in some electronic passports currently undergoing testing, could be read by identity thieves who simply walk past a passport holder with a reader in a briefcase. Security measures are concentrating on making certain that the ID is authentic, with little to no concern about protecting the passport information from unauthorized readers.

Most privacy advocates don't have an issue with verifying identity for international travel. Our concern is that our data is not protected from criminals and thieves that may seek to steal the rich booty of information required to be stored on electronic passports.

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Privacy lost with keystroke?

Privacy lost with keystroke is a Christian Science Monitor article just out this week. The Susan Llewelyn Leach article describes a scenario where an angry driver cuts you off in traffic, that you might use public records now available online to look up the car owner by using his license plate number. Once you find the name, you can look up social security numbers, court & legal records, financial information, and it's all available in a few keystrokes from your personal computer.

This alarming scenario is only now coming into public awareness. It's been known for some time that privacy is becoming a quaint idea and that expectations of privacy are naive and silly. The information is out there. We've got to put a lid on the easy public access to personal information before this gets entirely out of hand. Television shows and movies have fed us fanciful tales everywhere from "Law & Order" to "CSI" have shown privacy invasion issues used by stalkers and killers. But what about less spectacular things like ruining someones credit or good reputation?

No-Fly lists are being compiled by Transportation Security Administration that keep even well known senators off of airplanes and we've no idea why or how that might happen. Yet it did and continues because we allow the government secrecy, but don't allow basic privacy of average citizens.

The Privacy lost with keystroke article is one of many by major media outlets, yet little is being done to solve this privacy nightmare.

Stay tuned . . .

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Privacy and secutiry events

Upcoming Privacy & Security Events

IAPP KnowledgeNet Seminar
For IAPP Members Only November 18, 2004 Atlanta, GA

CLE Program: The 2004 Isaac Pitblado Lectures: Privacy - Another Snail in the Ginger Beer
November 19-20, 2004 Manitoba, Canada

Privacy Laws & Business One Day Seminar
December 1, 2004The Hatton London, England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Act Training Course
December 7, 2004 London, England

SANS Cyber Defense Initiative East 2004
December 7-14, 2004 Hilton Washington & Towers Washington, DC

National Security, Law Enforcement and Data Protection
December 8, 2004 London, England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Auditing Workshops
December 13-14th, 2004 London, England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Act Training Course
February 9, 2005 London, England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Auditing Workshops
February 21-22, 2005 Leeds, England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Act Training Course
March 15, 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland

CFP2005: 15th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy
April 12-15, 2005 Seattle, WA

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Act Training Course
April 26, 2005 Manchester England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Auditing Workshops
May 16 – 17, 2005 London, England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Act Training Course

June 8, 2005 London England

Privacy Laws & Business Data Protection Auditing Workshops
July 11 – 12, 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland

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