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  •  civil suits - lots of them? (none)
    in Lasthorseman's diary there is discussion of government exemption from privacy law. The thought that the NSA/FBI/Pentagon may have access to my "confidential" medical records causes me emotional distress, pain & suffering. Probably lots of other people feel the same. What would several hundreds of thousands of civil suits do to the system?
    •  So (3.50)
      has the threat of lawsuits stopped this administration so far?  I truely believe they feel entitled to any information they want.
      Lawsuit, fine they will ask you to prove it first, then there is the extra legal fees, time, effort, more money.   My point in all this is that we are being gradually conditioned to accept certain things as a NORM.  When bitching fails then civil disobedience kicks in.
      A company asked for my medical information, I am going to tell them to BITE ME.  If it's not in a computer it can't be retrieved.
      •  Just because its not in a computer... (none)
        ...doesn't mean it can't be retrieved. Medical records are probably one of the places where most Americans really would draw the line.

        In the past they have tended to be paper records stored in files which clerks and nurses and doctors would have access to but generally not anyone else without a warrant.

        Now Electronic Medical Records EMR are going onto PDA's to make things more convenient for doctors. They are going into wireless systems, they are going into offsite computerized databanks that can be accessed by cellphone.

        Medical records permit of filtering the database using structured query language to assist patients to for example find a list of Doctors, by medical specialty, languages spoken, present location, and to cross reference them to age, gender, race and other demographics.

        Medical records permit of filtering the database using structured query language to assist Doctors to for example find a list of patients, by medical history, medications taken, contraindications, languages spoken, present location, and to cross reference them to age, gender, race and other demographics
        such as income.

        Such records are used in geasability analysiis and market research to help a doctor decide where to establish a practice or a community decide where to establish a health center or hospital.

        Such records can be used by an out of control government to assess what sort of buttons to push to get out a vote.

        The data mining that the unitary executive is currently using spys on everyone, in every way, all the time can be filtered to see how many times you have used the word Bush in an email in the past year, or how many times the people who have used the word Bush have also used the word Iraq or al Qaeda or Democratic or Republican.

        Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

        by rktect on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:05:04 AM PST

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        •  Trade magazines (3.50)
          from work show all kinds of wireless data transmission capability coming up.
          Even now it's very easy to buy wireless cameras with a three mile range.
          There are patents on broadband internet over regular power lines.
          •  is there such a thing as encryption (none)
            that the NSA has not cracked yet?
            •  Sure... (none)
              You can stegan a file and then someone would have to know it wasn't just a graphic for them to begin to decode it.

              Then you could go farther of course and put it in an ancient language like Sumerian, Akkadian, Hieroglyphic Egyptian, or Hittite that about three people in the world know how to read and only then with the aid of a reference text...

              Then you could add to the stegan some nice executable virus or trojan or worm that makes it a little more interesting to play with, and you could encrypt that into some obscure cultic jargon that only an illuminati would know how to recognize as jargon...

              Then you could put links to it on a web page that only your target group would normally frequent, such as the daily KOS and finally you could have it report back to you who has been by to have a look...

              Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

              by rktect on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 10:33:08 AM PST

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          •  I had to give this some thought (none)
            Go back to before @stake was sold to Symantec, back when they were still L0pht.

            They were the first into wireless hacking...

            That's the NSA the government has spying on America. The NSA that has ad Senator Leahy puts it sent the FBI and the CIA hundreds of thousands of leads to check out with not 10,000, not 1,000, not 500, not 100 not 10, or 5,4,3,2,or 1 convictions...

            Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

            by rktect on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 12:17:13 PM PST

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