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Air Travel, Privacy, and Security

January 21, 2010 It Was No Joke at the Security Gate Philly.com
"When she complained to airport security, Solomon said, she was told the TSA worker had been training the staff to detect contraband. She was shocked that no one took him off the floor, she said."

January 13, 2010  Mikey Hicks, 8: U.S. Has Him on Watch List  New York Times
"For every person on the lists, hundreds of others may get caught up simply because they share the same name; a quick scan through a national phone directory unearthed 1,600 Michael Hickses. Over the past three years, 81,793 frustrated travelers have formally asked that they be struck from the watch list through the Department of Homeland Security; more than 25,000 of their cases are still pending."

January 13, 2010  Advanced Imagining Technology: Storing, Exporting, and Printing of Images  TSA Blog
"As you can imagine, the ability to store, export and print are crucial in a testing environment. TSA documents and manages approved configurations for all procured equipment, which are verified both in the factory and in the field prior to operational use.  All functionality to store, export or print images is disabled before these machines are delivered to airport checkpoints. There is no way for Transportation Security Officers in the airport environment to place the machines into test mode."

January 8, 2010  White House Calls for IT Boost to Fight Terrorism  ComputerWorld.com
"'The intelligence community has been optimized to fight the cold war where secrecy was paramount,' Schneier said. 'That kind of secrecy doesn't make sense any more. You need more openness and collaboration and sharing,' Schneier said. While it is conceivable that IT enhancements could boost data correlation abilities, the fundamental issue that needs to be overcome is cultural, he said."

November 11, 2009  Airport rules changed after Ron Paul detained  Washington Times
"The new rules, issued in September and October, tell officers 'screening may not be conducted to detect evidence of crimes unrelated to transportation security' and that large amounts of cash don't qualify as suspicious for purposes of safety."
August 12, 2009  Feds Require Your Birthday and Gender for Domestic Flights  NBC Chicago
"A change, which is rolling out airline-by-airline but which officially begins to phase in this weekend on Aug. 15, will require that you hand over to the federal government more personal data than ever before in order to reserve a seat on a domestic flight..."

Pedestrian ID

April 4, 2008  Real ID, Real Resistance  The Christian Science Monitor
"...The primary job of these state [DMV] offices is to ensure safe and licensed driving. REAL ID turns them into immigration and national security offices that must not only demand proof of an applicant's legal residence, but also verify that proof through documents such as a birth certificate or green card."

Voter ID

September 1, 2009  Want to Vote in Utah? Let's See Some ID  The Salt Lake Tribune
"Before venturing to vote in two weeks, you might want to grab your driver license, your passport, even your concealed-weapon permit. Otherwise, you might find yourself without a ballot under a new state law that requires voters to show valid identification before participating in an election..."

June 27, 2008  Supreme Court Term Left Door Open for Future Disputes  PBS NewsHour
"Pam Karlan:...This was a term where the court set the table, I think, for a lot of future litigation, in the voter I.D. case... The court didn't fully resolve the issues. And I think those issues are going to be back at the court. And when they come back, I think we'll see the same kinds of divisions and contentiousness that we saw last term..."

April 28, 2008  High Court Upholds Indiana's Voter ID Law  CNN.com
"The Supreme Court on Monday backed Indiana's law requiring voters to show photo identification, despite concerns thousands of elderly, poor and minority voters could be locked out of their right to cast ballots."

National IDs

July 17, 2013 Digital ID system won’t halt employment of undocumented immigrants, experts say Medill News Service
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Many Americans without driver’s licenses will lose work time traveling to vital records offices for birth or marriage certificates or to motor vehicle agencies for state IDs to become eligible to be E-Verified"

June 26, 2013 Bill to Expand U.S. Database to Verify Hires New York Times
"The sweeping immigration measure advancing rapidly in the Senate goes far beyond much-debated border security measures and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants with a crucial requirement that could affect every American who takes a new job in the future."

June 19, 2013 No Limits to Senate's E-Verify National ID System Huffington Post
"With universal surveillance comes the capability for universal control."

June 15, 2013 Fears of National ID With Immigration Bill New York Times
"The bill includes a vast expansion of the employment verification system, whose implications for privacy and workers' rights the country has yet to fully grasp or debate"

June 6, 2013 Identifying a danger in immigration reform Chicago Tribune
"By requiring a government-approved photo ID to be used for verifying identity for purposes of employment anywhere in America, the measure may effectively create a national ID system — even as it disavows any such purpose."

May 24, 2013 Paul: Blocking the pathway to a national ID The Washington Times
"A national ID allows more power to gravitate to Washington and a greater likelihood that power will be abused."

August 7, 2009  UK's "unhackable" national ID card hacked in 12 minutes  ComputerWeekly.com
"The 'hack' highlights a fundamental flaw in the architecture of the National Identity Service: the fact that for any 'high assurance' authentication to take place, the relying party must be able to verify not only the content of the ID Card, but its signatures as well."

July 17, 2009 Blame the Employers Wall Street Journal
"But if national ID cards are the silver bullet, why does Europe have so many illegal immigrants despite ID systems that have been in place for decades? No document is fraud proof, and unscrupulous employers seeking to hire illegals won't bother to check on status in any case. E-Verify and national ID cards, even working as intended, can't prevent underground employment, but such policies are guaranteed to swell the ranks of those being paid off-the-books."

Citizenship and Immigration 

November 20, 2009 E-Verify Updates Ogletree Deakins
"President Barack Obama signed a $42.8 billion fiscal year 2010 homeland security appropriations bill that included a three-year extension of the federal government’s employment verification system – E-Verify. Approximately $137 million was budgeted to operate the system and further improve its accuracy and compliance rates."


August 28, 2009  Homeland Security Says Border Laptop Searches Will Continue  CBS News

"When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last summer that it could seize anyone's laptop, mobile phone, or camera at the border to analyze them for an indefinite period, the criticism was immediate. Sen. Russ Feingold, a Democrat, called the move "alarming," and the ACLU denounced it as "surrendering your Fourth Amendment rights at the border."

July 17, 2009 Blame the Employers Wall Street Journal
"But if national ID cards are the silver bullet, why does Europe have so many illegal immigrants despite ID systems that have been in place for decades? No document is fraud proof, and unscrupulous employers seeking to hire illegals won't bother to check on status in any case. E-Verify and national ID cards, even working as intended, can't prevent underground employment, but such policies are guaranteed to swell the ranks of those being paid off-the-books."


April 10, 2009 E-Verify: A "Big Brother" Security Risk InternetEvolution.com
"In this time of economic hardship and high levels of unemployment, jobs are few and far between, and these errors could cost the prospective employee the job he or she applies for. Why would an employer wait around for a possible 'no' if someone equally qualified for the job shows up in the interim?"

February 9, 2009 The Last Thing Employers Need: A Screening Program That Doesn't Work Wall Street Journal
"Proponents tout E-Verify as a way to curb the hiring of illegal aliens. But the program is plagued by serious problems that include misidentifying U.S. citizens as not authorized for employment."

Medical Privacy

September 2, 2009  Is Your Health Privacy at Risk?  Network World
"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..."

January 22, 2009  California Medical Privacy Laws  HuntonPrivacyBlog.com
"The laws, A.B. 211 and S.B. 541, create new obligations for health care providers and facilities in California to protect against unlawful or unauthorized access to patient medical information."

Consumer Privacy

November 17, 2009  Federal Regulators Issue Final Model Privacy Notice Form  U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
"Eight federal regulatory agencies today released a final model privacy notice form that will make it easier for consumers to understand how financial institutions collect and share information about consumers. Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act), institutions must notify consumers of their information-sharing practices and inform consumers of their right to opt out of certain sharing practices."

September 2, 2009  Consumer Groups Slam Behavioral Tracking  PC Magazine
"A group of ten consumer groups on Tuesday called on Congress to enact meaningful privacy legislation, and slammed industry efforts as totally inadequate..."