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Posted on Sep 7, 2009
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Just about every Web site you visit, including this one, keeps track of details such as who you are, where you come from, and what you look at on the site and for how long. But some go even further to please advertisers, who may know what kind of books you read, what you search for, whom your friends are and more. Enter the House of Representatives.

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and a couple of his colleagues are working on legislation that would set some long-overdue privacy ground rules for the Internet.  —PS

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Boucher expects to set different rules for different types of sites. Sites that collect visitor information in order to target advertising on their own pages, for instance, would have to offer consumers a chance to opt out of having their interests tracked. These sites would also be required to prominently disclose what information they collect and provide a detailed description of how that information is used.

Web sites that deal with sensitive personal information, such as medical and financial data, sexual orientation, Social Security numbers and other ID numbers, would have to ask users to opt in to being tracked.

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By ardee, September 9, 2009 at 3:30 am Link to this comment

Nighthawk, September 8 at 4:55 pm #

No person seeking truth would read CNS source material. But then, you do not seek truth only validation.

Further, may I suggest you take you continual insults of progressives, liberals and leftists and shove them up your right wing ass. I suppose that you, like so many right wing politicians, will enjoy the experience.

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By Nighthawk, September 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

By ardee, September 8 at 6:11 am #
“I’m sorry,Ms. Tessler, but is this the same Congress that allowed GW to destroy Habeus, Posse Comitatus, and several fundamental rights of all Americans?  You are either kidding or very naive indeed. “

Indeed.

Of course, you do know that Obama voted with Bush.  For instance, to protect telecommunication companies that complied with the surveillance plan.  A plan that he had previously vowed to filibuster.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/11/obama.netroots/?eref=rss_topstories

Of course, you do know that Obama is now invoking the Presidential Records Act to tap the Facebook and Myspace accounts (among other things) of normal Americans.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/53363

Sure, sure, I know what folks here will say.  Cnsnews?
Well, sure Cnsnews lacks the credibility of outfits like CBS or CNN.
CBS’ credibility stems from its ability to provide fake documents about Bush using influence to stay out of Vietnam.  Oddly, they never mentioned the influence that kept Teddy Kennedy in France.

As for CNN, they’ve already admitted to lying for ten years about Saddam’s Iraq.  Finally owning up to it as the tanks rolled in to Baghdad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/11/opinion/11JORD.html

Much like Van Jones, he is incapable of feeling shame over it.  Of course, his excuse is that they were protecting their journalists, by not letting the truth out, for ten years.  Protecting the people who could have taken the story, and their families (if any), and got out.

Pathetic.  Liars.

It’s really very sad.  Democrats in power are everything that Democrats pretend to hate.

Poor naive little Liberals don’t see (or don’t care about) their own hypocrisy.

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By Columbo, September 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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The WBAI/Pacifica message above is from the coupmasters themselves, a race-based alliance to preserve an incompetent manager and PD at WBAI who nearly bankrupted ther entire network!

The so-called “Justice’n'Unity” cabal is allied with the Workers World Party, and a black supremacist group CEMOTAP (“Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People”) in a race-based “coup” at WBAI.  Their BS “managers” (Bernard White and Anthony Riddle) were fired in the nick of time after running up millions of dollars in debt and listener losses, and nearly bankrupting Pacifica.

Once they were removed, WBAI began functioning as a radio station again!

For the REAL STORY, get the FACTS at

http://www.TakeForwardWBAI.org

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By Outraged, September 8, 2009 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

Re: FatFreddy and C.Curtis.Dillon

Thanks for your support.  The overriding issue is that it’s not everyone in the dept.  It’s certain ones.  After a while it became apparent that not all were “in on it”, therefore some were likely being fed erroneous information.

Additionally, it isn’t only the police (but it’s definitely some of them), there are private goons involved also.  I guess that’s what they mean by public/private groups.

Moving wouldn’t help since this public/private group is nationwide.  It isn’t always the public portion of this entity that engages in these illegalities so moving would be to no avail.  Moving could possibly be more dangerous, since I think others locally are beginning to discern what’s really going on.
 
Many times something happens in my home earlier in the day and others comment here at TD about that specific event, or use exactly the words I’ve used.  Funny…hey?  I guess they want me to know they’re there, but I already know that.  In fact, it’s been going on for quite some time.

See… if I called them on it here at TD, it’d look like I was paranoid, they’d like that.  So they can continue to waste their time, I’m sure they don’t mind.  Besides, they get paid for it and vicious people like that enjoy these underhanded games.

Mainly I worry about my children and grandchildren.

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By glider, September 8, 2009 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

Ironically, Truthdig has more pixel trackers than nearly all the sites I visit:

1. Blogads
2. Google Adsense
3. Google Analytics
4. Quantcast
5. Statcounter
6. Technorati Widget

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By NYCartist, September 8, 2009 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

I got a request to join a social networking site, as a friend had listed me.  I emailed my friend that I don’t do social networking sites and received a reply from my friend to ignore it, that it had nothing to do with him.  I also recently heard that you can buy 5000 “friends” for a networking site.

“Off the Hook”, http://www.2600.com has a show on WBAI, and
covers Hacking, and privacy. Note: WBAI and Pacifica
have undone a coup, see http://www.takebackwbai.org
http://www.wbixradio.org and http://www.wbaix.org

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By Rodger Lemonde, September 8, 2009 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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So I clicked this story for ‘more’ and get a cheery
hello to my yahoo name. Judging from the adds it
served up Yahoo hasn’t got as intrusive as the
potential indicated by the story. On the other hand
who knows who they will sell out to?
research privacy issues and you will see ads for
products for spying. Privacy is a two sides of the
coin issue. Privacy abusers are the first to protect
their own privacy. I figure the best out come from
this will be an issue in the legislature that mixes
up the current strict partisan crap we have been
burdened with.

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By Fat Freddy, September 8, 2009 at 4:29 am Link to this comment

I know for a fact that the NJ State Police monitor internet traffic. How do I know this? Every so often I’ll hear how they “busted up” a big child pornography ring. The sensationalistic local MSM leads one to initially believe that there was a big criminal organization operating in the area that was abducting children, filming the acts and distributing the material. When actually all it was was an individual that got a piece of material and sent it to a few “friends”. I wouldn’t be surprised if the NJSP actually planted it. They are able to trace everywhere that single piece of information went.

Now, you can say, well, child pornography that’s a good thing that they are rounding up these people, and I would be inclined to agree. But what we have here is a case of, does the ends justify the means. And I hate to argue a Slippery Slope, but, will it actually only be limited to this type of crime? Will it be limited to criminal activity? Can you accurately define “criminal activity”? Can they?


Outraged

I feel for you. But my philosophy has always been, that if you know someone is watching, put a show on for them. Give them something they can sink their teeth into. Send them on wild goose chases. One can get very creative.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, September 8, 2009 at 3:20 am Link to this comment

The only way to get e-mail privacy is to use strong encryption on all your correspondence.  PGP is an open source public key/private key system that is very good.  You generate a public key and send it to all your friends.  You keep the private key on your computer or, for better security, put it on a CD which can be kept locked.  Your friends also get PGP and send you their public key.  Every letter you send is encrypted with the receiver’s public key and then sent as usual.  It looks like random text.  The receiver uses his private key to decode the message.  It is impossible for anyone, including the NSA, to decrypt a 128 bit PGP key even with a super computer crunching for months.  It is a very good system and you can get the software online.

And Outraged, that is horrible.  I can sympathize with you.  Unfortunately, the police often have a blank check when it comes to their operations.  You have little recourse since the politicians in town are probably allowing the behavior.  Moving to another town is probably the only option.

As for websites, you have little protection other than the integrity of their parent.  I have some sites (bank, investment groups) that I trust but that is about it.  I try not to divulge personal information at all.  Even on sites like this, I’m not who they think I am.  They have no right to my personal information under any circumstances.

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By Fat Freddy, September 8, 2009 at 3:15 am Link to this comment

C’mon. Don’t you guys use the Onion. They reported on this weeks ago.

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/google_opt_out_feature_lets_users

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By ardee, September 8, 2009 at 3:11 am Link to this comment

I’m sorry,Ms. Tessler, but is this the same Congress that allowed GW to destroy Habeus, Posse Comitatus, and several fundamental rights of all Americans?

You are either kidding or very naive indeed.

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By Outraged, September 8, 2009 at 2:48 am Link to this comment

“Boucher’s efforts have encouraged privacy activists, who point out that Internet surveillance has evolved beyond just data-tracking files, known as cookies, that Web sites place on visitors’ computers. Technologies such as “deep packet inspection” can now monitor a user’s every online move.

Consumers have no idea that they are being followed online and that their information is being compiled into invisible digital dossiers,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, one of 10 privacy groups that recently issued recommendations for lawmakers. “There is an incredibly sophisticated, ever-advancing system for profiling online users.”

Anyone who’s anybody KNOWS this.  My position is that UNTIL this is brought under control, we’re at their mercy.  So… it’s basically a “do or die” type of conundrum.  It is terrible, but this is certainly not the epitome of this “little problem” so to speak.  It’s much bigger than that.

I know that a faction of my local law enforcement “guys and gals” listen to my every WORD… should they choose to do so….  There was this one day…., well let me explain:

My son was released from the jail earlier that morning, he went out with a couple of friends and returned quite late that night.  Not a big deal…... EXCEPT, after he came home (since I had to unlock the door for him), we were discussing the “recent events”, such as him getting “picked-up”... etc.  I said, that they were “gunning for him” because of political comments I had made, and he answered, “I hate so-and-so”, WELL…..  apparently “that” did it.

In the flash of an eye, a squad car pulls up in front of my house, lights on (no siren) and flashes—well… I’m not quite sure if it was a powerful flashlight or one of those other “white lights/spotlights” they have on their squads.  How did they “know” our conversation…., how could they “know” what was discussed?  Unless… of course, they were listening.

By the time we had a chance to respond/or have a “look see”..., off the squad went.  I happen to know who this was (by the comment my son had made), I also happen to know WHY this particular officer, among others gets a free pass allowing them to get away with what they DO.

Him and his ILK, sit “around the corner” from my house and listen to everything that goes on in my home (at least whenever they should so choose to do so).  Sick degenerates would be a good description, although I could give a more colorful explanation.  Day in, day out….. I am Watched, Followed, and Listened to, IN MY OWN HOME.  Not because of some supposed validated questionablity of my integrity, nor any violation of the law.

But moreso, because I exposed them and their lies, and they didn’t like it.  “They” meaning the REAL CROOKS.
 
As it is, I worry for my children, but most especially for my son whom certain ones have made their proxy.  But also for my daughter who has been intimidated and threatened domestically, and for my grand-daughter, both of which I believe to be in danger.

I put my trust in the integrity of those opposed to this cabal.

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By skulz fontaine, September 8, 2009 at 1:59 am Link to this comment

Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated!

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By LostHills, September 8, 2009 at 12:31 am Link to this comment

Congress will not protect us from this. Not as long as congress runs on legalized bribery. I have gmail (which I like, by the way, and they have told me to invite you all to gmail,) and the google ads on the sidebar relate specifically to the content of the emails I’m sending and receiving.  Yeah, there was a day when I went, “Wow, they’re reading all my mail!” Online privacy does not exist, and the sooner we accept that, the happier we all will be. “Disclosure” is pointless. Telling us that Big Brother is watching us is a warning, but it’s not protection. Congress works for the check writers, not the voters.

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