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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 19, 2011 Document Trove Exposes Surveillance Methods (Censorship Inc.)
QUOTE: a retail market for surveillance tools has sprung up from "nearly zero" in 2001 to about $5 billion a year, said Jerry Lucas, president of TeleStrategies Inc., the show's operator. Critics say the market represents a new sort of arms trade supplying Western governments and repressive nations alike. "The Arab Spring countries all had more sophisticated surveillance capabilities than I would have guessed..."
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jun 17, 2011 U.S. Pressing Its Crackdown Against Leaks
QUOTE: The Justice Department shows no sign of rethinking its campaign to punish unauthorized disclosures to the news media, with five criminal cases so far under President Obama, compared with three under all previous presidents combined....The string of cases reflects a broad belief across two administrations and in both parties in Congress that leaks have gotten out of hand, endangering intelligence agents and exposing American spying methods.
New York Times May 24, 2011 Members of Congress Get Abnormally High Returns From Their Stocks
QUOTE: "In the course of performing their normal duties, members of Congress have access to non-public information that could have a substantial impact on certain businesses, industries or the economy as a whole. If used as the basis for common stock transactions, such information could yield significant personal trading profits," they wrote.
Huffington Post May 11, 2011 Next Up, a Crackdown on Outside-Expert Firms
QUOTE: In several indictments involving expert networks, authorities claim that hedge fund managers paid outside consultants handsome fees for providing nonpublic information. The government has also charged executives at the expert network firms, the ones who brokered the connections, with knowingly facilitating the exchange of illegal stock tips.
New York Times May 11, 2011 Prosecutors’ Hardball Tactics Produce Big Results in Galleon Case
QUOTE: Will the conviction of Raj Rajaratnam, the founder of the hedge fund firm Galleon Group, change anything on Wall Street?....Government crackdowns on insider trading tend to run in cycles. The last one that received as much attention was the Wall Street sweep in the 1980s that resulted in the convictions of Ivan Boesky and Michael R. Milken...
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Taking the Time to Pick the Right Financial Adviser
QUOTE: So a decision to choose a new financial adviser or stick with the old one can be particularly fraught. How can investors know if they are getting good advice and, if they switch to someone else, how can they be sure the new adviser will be any better?
New York Times Feb 10, 2011 Ex-C.I.A. Agent Goes Public With Story of Mistreatment on the Job
QUOTE: He contends that the events broke up his marriage and destroyed his career, and that C.I.A. officials abused the State Secrets Privilege doctrine in an effort to cover up their own negligence.
New York Times Dec 17, 2010 U.S. arrests 4 in insider trading probe centered on hedge fund industry
QUOTE: A national investigation into insider trading escalated Thursday with the arrest of four executives accused of trafficking in confidential corporate information...Those arrested by the Justice Department and FBI included several figures suspected of channeling secrets from technology companies to hedge funds that then traded on that information
Washington Post Nov 19, 2010 Dear S.E.C., Please Make Brokers Accountable to Customers
QUOTE: Many of these consumers don’t even realize that their brokers — who often call themselves financial advisers — aren’t held to the same standards as investment advisers, who are required to put their customers’ interests first. Sure, brokers must recommend “suitable” investments, but we all know that it’s a much weaker standard and leaves too much room for potential abuse — one that can line the pocket of the broker at the expense of the investor.
New York Times Jun 25, 2010 Justices say petition signers should not expect their names to be kept secret
QUOTE: Those who sign referendum petitions should generally not expect to keep their names secret, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting the argument of an anti-gay-rights group that disclosure would violate their First Amendment protection of political expression.
Washington Post Jun 16, 2010 Negotiators in Congress to Discuss Rule for Brokers
QUOTE: On the surface, both the brokerage and the financial planning industries appear to agree that advisers of all stripes should be subject to a consistent fiduciary standard. But behind the scenes, the groups are divided on how exactly it will work, while the insurance industry has been opposed to the standard.
New York Times Apr 22, 2010 Is Google the new Rome? Cloud computing may be leading to a federation-like worldview on data management, but national laws will be a major obstacle
QUOTE: Google's Rome-like worldview extends to how it will treat the location of customer data. Google is not offering U.S. businesses any specific assurance that their data will be stored in a U.S.-based data center.
InfoWorld Feb 25, 2010 Supreme Court rules that request for lawyer in questioning has expiration
QUOTE: A suspect's request that a lawyer be present before submitting to police questioning does not last forever, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In fact, 14 days is long enough for police to wait before taking the alleged perpetrator into custody again and attempting another interrogation.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2009 Congress: File Sharing Leaks Sensitive Government Data
QUOTE: Sensitive files including Secret Service safehouse locations, military rosters, and IRS tax returns can still be found on file-sharing networks...
CBS News Jul 29, 2009 Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P: Lawmakers eye bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks
QUOTE: Tiversa is a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based provider of P2P monitoring services. In the past, it has served up dramatic examples of highly sensitive information found on file-sharing networks.
Computerworld Jun 30, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online ATM Vendor Halts Researcher’s Talk on Vulnerability
QUOTE: An ATM vendor has succeeded in getting a security talk pulled from the upcoming Black Hat conference after a researcher announced he would demonstrate a vulnerability in the system.
Wired Dec 06, 2008 The dangerous temptations of instant truth: As communication gets ever faster, we must ask if the very speed at which we can know things endangers our liberty
QUOTE: The publication of that [British National Party--Ed.] list of members and their addresses was itself a serious infringement of their privacy. The design of an internet programme that will be of instant appeal to every nosey-parker in the land - and that's most of us - takes the offence further. How would Jews, or Muslim clerics, or pacifists, or Porsche-owners, or naturists, or anti-hunt or pro-hunt supporters, or members of any group that may attract hostility, ridicule or prejudice, feel about attempts to construct and publish a list that identifies names and addresses?
Sunday Times/The Times (UK) Nov 11, 2008 WW II vet held in Nazi slave camp breaks silence: 'Let it be known'
QUOTE: a catalog of deaths and atrocities he says were carried out on U.S. soldiers held by Nazis at a slave labor camp during World War II....Acevedo's story is one that was never supposed to be told. "We had to sign an affidavit ... [saying] we never went through what we went through."
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 23, 2008 Loose Lips Lead to Trouble for British Tories
QUOTE: Did George Osborne, the Conservative’s brash spokesman for economic affairs, solicit an $80,000 donation from the fabulously rich Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska?...that basic question has been buried under a mille-feuille of issues, including old-school ties, big foreign money, gossipy Westminster politics and the proper etiquette for dealing with indiscreet confidences gleaned while enjoying someone else’s hospitality.
New York Times Oct 19, 2008 Many Holes in Disclosure of Nominees’ Health
QUOTE: Fifteen days before the election, serious gaps remain in the public’s knowledge about the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees. The limited information provided by the candidates is a striking departure from recent campaigns, in which many candidates and their doctors were more forthcoming.
New York Times May 13, 2008 When Literary and Prosecutorial License Collide
QUOTE: Prosecutors who draw on their professional experiences to write novels and assist screenwriters can breathe a little easier after a pair of rulings issued on Monday by the California Supreme Court. One decision reversed an appeals court ruling disqualifying a prosecutor who had provided filmmakers with his files in a pending case. The other reversed a similar ruling against a prosecutor who had written a novel whose plot bore similarities to a second pending case.
New York Times May 13, 2008 Five IRS Employees Charged With Snooping on Tax Returns
QUOTE: Five workers at the Internal Revenue Service's Fresno, California, return processing center were charged Monday with computer fraud and unauthorized access to tax return information for allegedly peeking into taxpayers' files for their own purposes.
Wired May 07, 2008 Lawyers for Guantánamo Inmates Accuse U.S. of Eavesdropping
QUOTE: In interviews and a court filing Tuesday, lawyers for detainees at Guantánamo said they believed government agents had monitored their conversations. The assertions are the most specific to date by Guantánamo lawyers that officials may be violating legal principles that have generally kept government agents from eavesdropping on lawyers.
New York Times Feb 01, 2008 U.S. Sugar Employee Shareholders Claim Lucrative Buyout Offer Was Kept From Them
QUOTE: U.S. Sugar employee shareholders filed a federal suit Wednesday claiming that they were improperly kept in the dark about two $575 million buyout offers promising to deliver a 50 percent premium on their stock.
Law.com Jan 19, 2008 Lawyer Reveals Secret, Toppling Death Sentence
QUOTE: [A Virginia lawyer] reluctantly kept a secret because the authorities on legal ethics told him he had no choice, even though his information could save the life of a man on death row, one whose case had led to a landmark Supreme Court decision.
New York Times Jan 16, 2008 In Child Porn Case, a Digital Dilemma: U.S. Seeks to Force Suspect to Reveal Password to Computer Files
QUOTE: compelling [the suspect] to enter his password into his laptop would violate his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. "If Boucher does know the password, he would be faced with the forbidden trilemma: incriminate himself, lie under oath, or find himself in contempt of court," the judge said.
Washington Post Oct 16, 2007 Yahoo accused of misleading Congress about Chinese journalist
QUOTE: In a written statement, Yahoo spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Yahoo representatives have been truthful with Congress. He called the House committee's accusation "grossly unfair" and said it "mischaracterizes the nature and intent of our past testimony."
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 28, 2007 Yahoo Spouts First Amendment Doublespeak in Dissident, Nazi Auction Disputes
QUOTE: Yahoo is arguing out of both sides of its Web portal by urging a San Francisco federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit on behalf of Chinese dissidents jailed and allegedly tortured when the Internet concern identified the subversives to Communist authorities.
Wired Aug 01, 2007 Congressional lobby reform aims at disclosure: The US House clears a bill that lifts the curtain on contacts between lobbyists, lawmakers.
QUOTE: ...Democratic leaders in Congress are moving ahead on lobby and ethics reform legislation that they say will make sweeping changes in the way business is done in Washington. At the heart of the measure are new reporting requirements for lobbyists' expenditures on Capitol Hill and protections against conflict of interest for members.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 25, 2007 FBI Seeks To Pay Telecoms For Data: $5 Million a Year Sought for Firms To Keep Databases
QUOTE: [Although] The FBI would not have direct access to the records .... The proposal "is circumventing the law by paying companies to do something the FBI couldn't do itself legally," said Michael German, American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel on national security.
Washington Post Jul 21, 2007 Military Medical Breach Revealed: Unencrypted Data Sent Via Internet
QUOTE: A government contractor handling sensitive health information for 867,000 U.S. service members and their families acknowledged yesterday that some of its employees sent unencrypted data -- such as medical appointments, treatments and diagnoses -- across the Internet.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2007 Dow Jones Director Is Said to Face S.E.C. Inquiry
QUOTE: Federal regulators have told a Dow Jones board member that they intend to file a civil complaint against him, in a suspected case of insider trading in company stock stemming from the takeover bid by the News Corporation...
New York Times Jul 16, 2007 White House Would Have Its Political Wing, Officially or Not
QUOTE: The White House Web site says the office's role is to ensure that the executive branch and the president are "aware of the concerns of the American citizen." A better way to put it, some presidential scholars say, is that the office's job is to further the president's political interests.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2007 Confusion Over Laws Impedes Aid For Mentally Ill: U.S. Panel Reports on Va. Tech; House Passes Gun-Control Bill
QUOTE: Because school administrators, doctors and police officials rarely share information about students and others who have mental illnesses, troubled people don't get the counseling they need, and authorities are often unable to prevent them from buying handguns, the report says.
Washington Post May 22, 2007 Web Sites Listing Informants Concern Justice Dept.
QUOTE: “The posting of sensitive witness information...poses a grave risk of harm to cooperating witnesses and defendants.”
New York Times May 22, 2007 Side Deals in a Gray Area
QUOTE: Big-boy letters...are widely used and represent a private contract between presumably sophisticated investors. Lawyers agree that big-boy letters do not technically shield either party from insider trading laws, but rather protect the two parties from suing each other.
New York Times May 22, 2007 Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying Eyes
QUOTE: Many doctors object to drugmakers' common practice of contracting with data-mining companies to track exactly which medicines physicians prescribe and in what quantities -- information marketers and salespeople use to fine-tune their efforts.
Washington Post May 10, 2007 Pair jailed over Bush-Blair memo leak
QUOTE: A civil servant and an MP's researcher were today jailed for leaking a secret memo about a meeting on Iraq between Tony Blair and George Bush. The four-page memo recorded April 2004 Oval Office talks between the two leaders on events in the city of Falluja. Its contents were so secret that much of the trial was held behind closed doors with the press and public excluded.
Guardian Unlimited May 09, 2007 Hong Kong Hanky Panky In Dow Jones
QUOTE: The U.S. securities watchdog filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York on Tuesday against a Hong Kong couple Tuesday for allegedly using insider information to make $8.2 million trading Dow Jones stock before the takeover bid from News Corp. was made public.
Forbes May 07, 2007 Journalists Intend to Sue Hewlett-Packard Over Surveillance
QUOTE: To try to uncover leaks from board members, private investigators examined the phone records of nine journalists who covered the company, as well as the records of some of their relatives. While the dispute revolves around the issue of how the journalists’ careers may have been damaged by having their phone records examined, the threat to sue also raises the question whether it is proper for a news organization or its reporters to sue a company they cover. It is certainly not common.
New York Times Apr 27, 2007 When a student's in trouble, should parents know?: US privacy laws prevent counselors from informing parents of danger signs. But many say they should know if their young adult children – or their roo
QUOTE: If their offspring has stalked a peer or stayed in a mental-health clinic or been watched for suicidal inclinations at college, they want to know. Immediately. Yet parents may be among the last people to be told of any concerns. Because of strict confidentiality laws, such problems cannot be reported to parents – or roommates or others close to a young adult in trouble.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 11, 2007 Full Federal Appellate Court Will Revisit Abortion Issue in South Dakota
QUOTE: A South Dakota law that would require doctors to tell women seeking abortions that the procedure would “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being” will be revisited today by the 11 judges of the federal appeals court in St. Louis.
New York Times Apr 05, 2007 IRS Found Lax in Protecting Taxpayer Data
QUOTE: Thousands of taxpayers could be at risk of identity theft or other financial fraud because the Internal Revenue Service has failed to adequately protect information on its 52,000 laptop computers and other storage systems, a new government report concludes.
Washington Post Apr 03, 2007 Plans for Revamped G.R.E. Are Abandoned
QUOTE: The Educational Testing Service had wanted to administer the test on only 35 days a year. That would have allowed E.T.S. to create original tests for each day in the hopes of preventing cheating. In 2002, for instance, the testing service discovered that some people in China, Taiwan and South Korea had taken the test, memorized questions and answers and posted them on Web sites, allowing other students to log on and see the questions in advance.
New York Times Mar 06, 2007 Libby Guilty of Lying in C.I.A. Leak Case
QUOTE: The jury rejected Mr. Libby’s claims of memory lapses as it convicted him of obstruction of justice, giving false statements to the F.B.I. and perjuring himself, charges embodied in four of the five counts of the indictment.The panel acquitted him on an additional count of making false statements to the F.B.I.
New York Times Jan 19, 2007 Many in Senate Back Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Legislation Part of Growing Effort to Combat Cervical Cancer by Inoculating Middle School Girls
QUOTE: "Nearly half of the Maryland Senate has signed onto legislation introduced yesterday to mandate that middle school girls receive a new vaccine for cervical cancer."
Washington Post Jan 11, 2007 Firms Fret as Office E-Mail Jumps Security Walls
QUOTE: A growing number of Internet-literate workers are forwarding their office e-mail to free Web-accessible personal accounts offered by Google, Yahoo and other companies. Their employers, who envision corporate secrets leaking through the back door of otherwise well-protected computer networks, are not pleased.
New York Times Jan 10, 2007 Document-Theft Probe Is Criticized: Justice Dept., Archives Cited in Report
QUOTE: The Justice Department and the National Archives improperly assured the Sept. 11 commission that its members had access to all relevant materials about the Clinton administration's terrorism policies, without knowing if original, uncopied documents had been removed from the archives by former national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger...
Washington Post Jan 05, 2007 Medical identity theft can kill you
QUOTE: Medical identity theft occurs when criminals obtain information such as a health insurance identification or Social Security number and use it to get health care or to obtain reimbursement from insurers and others for false claims. That means your medical history and health care records can include someone else's information. This can be life threatening: for example, causing a transfusion of the wrong blood type.
Bankrate.com Dec 14, 2006 U.S. Subpoena Is Seen as Bid to Stop Leaks
QUOTE: Federal prosecutors are trying to force the American Civil Liberties Union to turn over copies of a classified document it received from a source, using what legal experts called a new extension of the Bush administration’s efforts to protect national-security secrets. The novelty in the government’s approach is in its broad use of a grand jury subpoena, which is typically a way to gather evidence, rather than to confiscate all traces of it.
New York Times
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