Thursday, January 13, 2005

Privacy Fights Battles in 2005

Privacy Fights Battles in 2005 according to this Wired News Story outlining multiple looming privacy issues to be decided by lawmakers on every level. This very thorough story from Wired News reporter Kim Zetter, quotes privacy advocates and reformers on upcoming issues.

From California dealing with state privacy issues like Financial Privacy up through National lawmakers deciding on sweeping reforms through the Patriot Act and a possible National ID in the form of driver licenses containing machine readable data on every single citizen by requiring states to issue licenses that meet the National criteria and on to International issues about requiring other countries to provide extensive personal information about all citizens issued passports and traveling to the US.

As always, a good read, but frightening when it comes to privacy protections eroding substantially during the upcoming year. The Bush administration believes it now has a mandate to enact tough laws which each deteriorate privacy protections in the name of fighting terrorism. Spooky, spooky stuff.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Privacy Golden State

Wired News: Golden State of Privacy

In this Wired News story, a few privacy bills were approved by California lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Comments by Privacy Rights Clearing House's director Beth Givens, who described the bill as "legislation by horror story," applauded the bill's broader message to all sorts of businesses.

Any bill emphasizing privacy for Californians is a good bill only because California leads the nation in lawmaking. Where California goes, the nation follows.

Two elements of the law most commented on were stopping phone directories from listing cell phone numbers against the will of the owners of those cell phone numbers and a separate section disallowing rental car companies from using GPS tracking devices from tracking customers who speed or leave the state with the cars.

Privacy is struggling to hold on and California leads the struggle. I love living here for more reasons than most. Privacy legislation can now be added to my list.

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