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Senate Introduces Strong Privacy Bill 176

amigoro writes "US Senators introduced a bill that better protects the privacy of citizens' personal information in the face of data security breaches across the country. Key features of the bipartisan legislation include increasing criminal penalties for identity theft involving electronic personal data and making it a crime to intentionally or willfully conceal a security breach involving personal data."
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Senate Introduces Strong Privacy Bill

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08, 2007 @09:34AM (#17933152)
    This doesn't do a lot for privacy. It still permits widespread snooping, selling of information by commercial entities, etc.

    It does nothing for example to the recent FBI snooping case:
    http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/30/15 8227 [slashdot.org]

    Where the FBI has been found to capturing all an ISP's traffic, then filtering as needed to match the warrants they had. (The argument for that is bogus, if the FBI can do the filtering then the ISP could do the filtering. It's some sort of game to remove the 'minimization' requirement for search warrants.)

    Nothing to stop logging of everything you do. Nothing to stop AOL or Google collecting search information, which as we found can be used to identify individuals:
    http://news.com.com/2100-1030_3-6102793.html [com.com]

    The gate isn't closed, they're proposing to part close it. Better than nothing, but only a little better.

  • by jimstapleton ( 999106 ) on Thursday February 08, 2007 @10:12AM (#17933494) Journal
    A bit of a side track, but not everyone who is poor is there because they were lazy or irresponsible. I'll grant you, there are plenty as bad or worse than you described, but there's plenty who have just had "hard luck".

    I'm all for 'working to earn your keep', but there are plenty of rich people who didn't earn their riches, and plenty of poor people who had been responsible, did more than their fair share, and just ran into bad luck.
  • by Petrushka ( 815171 ) on Thursday February 08, 2007 @05:41PM (#17939628)

    you don't even have a constitution

    Boy, Slashdot really does need a "-1, Wrong" mod option. Here's an introduction, albeit far too brief. [wikipedia.org] Now, if you were to say, "the UK constitution doesn't come in sound bytes", that would indeed be true. But I guess you're only interested in sneering and mocking, not in accuracy.



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