News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Computer Privacy Is Threatened by Government
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BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

"Even in the more sanguine days of Internet optimism, loss of personal privacy ranked as an issue of higher concern for Americans than the issues of crime, health care, or the environment. "

ExtremeTech.com

Privacy and Security on your PC

May 28, 2002

The complete article - very detailed - is currently (4/3/04) available on the Extreme Tech website at-- http://www.extremetech.com/print_article/0,3428,a=27365,00.asp [found through a Google search by article title on the date above]

Headings and quotes--

But First, the Bill of Rights

The issue of privacy is a great concern for everyone. A survey sponsored by Dell Computer, conducted in August 2000 by Harris Interactive, revealed that even in the more sanguine days of Internet optimism, loss of personal privacy ranked as an issue of higher concern for Americans than the issues of crime, health care, or the environment. Internet-connected PCs, however, are an ongoing threat to individual privacy. We'll categorize and identify the major threats in the pages that follow and offer solutions.

The United States Constitution does not expressly list a right to privacy. However, several of the rights that are specifically guaranteed in the "Bill of Rights," inherently assume that a privacy right exists. ...

These laws exist for good reasons. ...

Privacy Threats Everywhere

Many different kinds of individuals and agencies seek personal information, each using differing methods. These groups, and the methods they employ, will be examined below. ...

Government Agencies
This group could include any state or federal agency which does not take its information management responsibilities seriously, however, the majority of privacy issues stem from just four federal agencies; the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The IRS and CIA have both had highly publicized incidents where they failed to safeguard the private information within their possession. ...

While the IRS and CIA may cause privacy concerns by mishandling information, it is the information gathering methods of the NSA and FBI that sometimes places those agencies at odds with individual privacy. ...

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