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Air Travel, Privacy, and Security

January 11, 2010  Body Scanners Can Store, Send Images, Group Says
"In the documents, obtained by the privacy group and provided to CNN, the TSA specifies that the body scanners it purchases must have the ability to store and send images when in 'test mode.'  That requirement leaves open the possibility the machines -- which can see beneath people's clothing -- can be abused by TSA insiders and hacked by outsiders, said EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg."

January 6, 2010  U.S. Lowers Threshold for Inclusion on No-Fly Lists
"Since the attempted attack, the intelligence community has scrubbed the entire Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) database of more than 500,000 suspects with the new criteria, adding additional individuals to the U.S. watch lists and no-fly lists as a result. Several visas have also been revoked."

January 1, 2010  TSA Nominee Misled Congress About Accessing Confidential Records  The Washington Post
"Civil liberties specialists said that the misuse of databases has been common among law enforcement authorities for many years, despite an array of local, state and federal prohibitions intended to protect personal information. Studies have found that police at every level examine records of celebrities, women they have met and political rivals. Some federal authorities have been jailed for selling records to criminals."

December 29, 2009  Privacy Isn't the Price for Security
"Americans can't afford to be complacent about giving up civil liberties, especially to ineffective policies that don't make us safer. Providing for security and liberty is not a zero-sum game. In America we should strive to be both safe and free."

December 28, 2009  Air Crews Get More Authority Over Onboard Security Rules  Wall Street Journal
"Airlines asked for the new rules, which allow each cockpit crew to assess the need for added security, industry sources said."

December 27, 2009  Security ramped up at airports in U.S., U.K., Amsterdam
"Passengers flying into the United States from abroad should expect additional security measures at U.S. and international airports after a passenger detonated a device aboard a flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan, the Transportation Security Administration said Saturday. Measures will include increased pat-downs and gate screening, as well as having to stow carry-ons and personal items, including pillows."

December 16, 2009  Airport Manual Leak Stirs Lawmakers' Ire  Washington Times
"Mr. Dent questions whether the revisions are as substantial as the TSA claims, why mitigation efforts are being put in place if there are no new risks exposed by the leak, and why Congress can't have a copy."

November 17, 2009  Man arrested after refusing to show TSA his identification  Photography Is Not a Crime
"But that didn’t stop Mocek from getting arrested yesterday at Albuquerque Sunport Airport after he refused to show Transportation Security Authority inspectors his identification...Mocek was charged with “concealing identity, disorderly conduct, refusing to obey an officer, and criminal trespass.”

November 3, 2009  Privacy Act Against TSA for Missing Data Dismissed
"The missing hard drive contained names, social security numbers, birth dates, bank account and routing information, payroll data and payroll allotment information on TSA employees covering the period January 2002 and August 2005."

October 26, 2009  TSA spot-checks Greyhound terminal  Orlando Sentinel
"Although the TSA is best known for its agents at airports, the agency's Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response, or VIPR, teams stage periodic operations at bus and train stations, ports and other transportation centers. They began work in December 2006."

June 24, 2009  Fixing Airport Security  Schneier on Security
"Healthcare organizations are losing more than just names, addresses and Social Security numbers. When their data gets stolen, patients lose the privacy of their medical conditions, treatments and medications while at the same time falling prey to identity theft, medical billing fraud and other criminal schemes."

June 6, 2008  TSA's New Scanner Gets Up Close and Personal
"The device, put in place by the Transportation Security Administration, performs a full body scan of random selected passengers, providing an image of the subjects' body, beneath their clothing."

January 26, 2006  Gilmore v. Gonzales, 435 F.3d 1125  United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
"Gilmore filed a complaint against Defendants in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, challenging the constitutionality of several security measures, which he collectively referred to as "the Scheme," including the identification policy, CAPPS and CAPPS II, and No-Fly and Selectee lists. Gilmore alleged that these government security policies and provisions violated his right to due process, right to travel, right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, right to freely associate, and right to petition the government for redress of grievances."
National ID

July 31, 2009  
E-Verify Could Add Biometrics Federal Computer Week
"Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has begun laying the groundwork for adding a biometric measure — most likely a fingerprint — to the E-Verify feder
al employment verification system. If he succeeds and the system covers 140 million U.S. workers, it would be one of the largest fingerprinting programs in the country.”

July 9, 2013 E-Verify Exposes The Hypocrisy In Republican Free Market Rhetoric
"Employers across America face an avalanche of unnecessary federal regulatory costs,” he said. “Government regulation has become a barrier to economic growth and job creation."

Citizenship and Immigration

July 31, 2009  E-Verify Could Add Biometrics Federal Computer Week
"Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has begun laying the groundwork for adding a biometric measure — most likely a fingerprint — to the E-Verify federal employment verification system. If he succeeds and the system covers 140 million U.S. workers, it would be one of the largest fingerprinting programs in the country.” 

Medical Privacy

November 23, 2009  Senate Health Care Bill: the five paragraphs you must read  The Christian Science Monitor
"If this bill becomes law, we could each be assigned a national beneficiary ID number or card (possibly an electronic device). And our personal health information will flow electronically to the US secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) – and many others – without our consent.”

November 5, 2009  IMS Health for Sale: What does IMS Health do, anyway?  The Wall Street Journal Blog
"Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have all passed laws banning the sale of information that identifies individual doctors’ prescribing habits, with proponents arguing that the business interferes with the doctor-patient relationship.  IMS and other companies in the business have challenged those laws, arguing that they violate the first amendment."

October 30, 2009  HHS Strengthens HIPAA Enforcement  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
"These HITECH Act revisions significantly increase the penalty amounts the Secretary may impose for violations of the HIPAA rules and encourage prompt corrective action..This rulemaking will become effective on Nov. 30, 2009, and HHS will consider all comments received by Dec. 29, 2009."