Posted in Columns Data security Privacy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Protecting, sharing, and hiding behind private health data

by Wade Rathke September 14, 2020 New Orleans   Most of us think our own health is our business, that is until we find out it is big business, and that everyone wants to make it…

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Posted in Common Dreams Data security News Privacy

In rebuke to US mass surveillance, EU court blocks data transfers by web corporations

“U.S. surveillance violates fundamental privacy rights and continues to be a massive financial liability for U.S. companies trying to compete in a global market.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, July 16 A major ruling from…

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Robert and Melissa Williams, and their young daughters, appeared in a video circulated Wednesday by the ACLU. (Photo: ACLU/YouTube)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Facial Recognition News Privacy

ACLU demands lawmakers act after Michigan man wrongfully arrested ‘Because face recognition can’t tell black people apart’

“It’s past time for lawmakers to prevent the continued use of this technology. What happened to the Williams family should never happen again.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 24 The ACLU on Wednesday urged…

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The technology has been criticized for racial bias in identifying subjects. (Photo: Fight for the Future)
Posted in Common Dreams Facial Recognition News Policing Privacy

Boston City Council bans facial recognition surveillance

“Boston should not use racially discriminatory technology that threatens the privacy and basic rights of our residents.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, June 24 The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to ban the…

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Posted in Children Homelessness News Privacy Safety Net The Conversation While we were looking elsewhere

America’s poorest children won’t get nutritious meals with school cafeterias closed due to the coronavirus

Thurston Domina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools aren’t only places where kids learn. They are also places where kids eat. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, 30 million U.S. children – some…

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Posted in Common Dreams Dirty Tricks Labor News Politics Privacy

Erik Prince recruited ex-spies to help Project Veritas infiltrate groups ‘hostile’ to Trump agenda

“They didn’t succeed in their attempt to hurt our union,” said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, “but note what the right wing will do to try to eliminate workers’ voice.”   By Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Data Data security Data theft Off the wire Politics Privacy Republicans

The RNC stopped paying a data firm after a serious breach. Then it paid a mysterious LLC with the same address.

Three years after the Republican National Committee publicly sidelined the sullied firm, it paid an LLC with the same address $900,000 for “data services.” The RNC said it wouldn’t “waste any more breath explaining these innocuous…

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