2015: Today’s Net Neutrality Order is a Win, with a Few Blemishes

Today, the FCC published its new order [PDF] on net neutrality.  As promised, the rules start by putting net neutrality on the right legal footing, which means they have a much stronger chance of surviving the inevitable legal challenge.  This is the culmination of years of work by public interest advocates and a massive outpouring of public support over the past year. Make no mistake, this is a win for Team Internet! Now, what about the rules themselves?  We’re still reviewing, but there’s much to appreciate, including bright line rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic. For example, an ISP cannot degrade customers’ access to services that compete with its own offerings and cannot charge tolls to privilege traffic from one web service over others. We applaud the FCC for listening to Internet users and acting to protect the open Internet from unfair discrimination by mobile […] Read More

1974: Privacy Act Form

Privacy Act of 1974 Formal Notice of Title 5 U.S.C. 552 This “Privacy Notice” has been served on __________________________________________________: You are hereby being formally and put on notice and advised of the following facts of law as pertains to the “Social Security Number” and the “Privacy Act of 1974, Title 5 USC 552;” A judgement of $1,000.00, plus costs and attorney’s fees will be assessed against the individual, business, and/or government agency that denies an individual a right, service, benefit, or privilege for not providing a Social Security Number or other PIN (personal identification number) when the individual is not required to do so by law. A Social Security Number or other personal identification numbers (PIN such as driver’s license) is required to be used only for the following benefits: To receive public assistance benefits. To pay Social Security taxes. To receive Social Security benefits and refunds. An individual […] Read More

2013: WE EXPOSED THE PRIVATE DETAILS OF 6 MILLION USERS – FACEBOOK

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has inadvertently exposed 6 million users’ phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers over the past year, the world’s largest social networking company disclosed late Friday. Facebook blamed the data leaks, which began in 2012, on a technical glitch in its massive archive of contact information collected from its 1.1 billion users worldwide. As a result of the glitch, Facebook users who downloaded contact data for their list of friends obtained additional information that they were not supposed to have. Facebook’s security team was alerted to the bug last week and fixed it within 24 hours. But Facebook did not publicly acknowledge the bug until Friday afternoon when it published an “important message” on its blog explaining the issue. A Facebook spokesman said the delay was due to company procedure stipulating that regulators and affected users be notified before making a public […] Read More

2007: Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet

By Cade Metz in Santa Clara Published Tuesday 2nd October 2007 22:24 GMT Richard Clarke, the man who served President Bush as a special adviser for cybersecurity, has a five-point plan for saving the internet. Speaking at a Santa Clara University conference dedicated to “trust online,” Clarke called the net “a place of chaos in many ways, a place of crime in many ways,” but laid out several means of righting the ship, including biometric IDs, government regulation, and an industry-wide standard for secure software. He even embraces the idea of a closed internet – which seems to have sparked a death threat from net pioneer Vint Cerf. “A lot of these ideas go against the grain. A lot of these ideas are ones people have already objected to – because of certain shibboleths, because of certain belief systems, because of certain ideological differences,” Clarke said. “But if we’re […] Read More