Thursday, February 25, 2010

Informative ID Theft Websites

These two websites both have good information on them

Overview of the issue particularly as it relates to a company/employer

news video to supplement discussion of the issue and a product comparison chart

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The government has your baby's DNA

The government has your baby's DNA

By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent
February 4, 2010 9:11 a.m. EST

This looks like a very good citation for claims that the Government tracks people's DNA.

"..the Mankato, Minnesota, couple wondered how the doctor knew about Isabel's genes in the first place. After all, they'd never consented to genetic testing.

It's simple, the pediatrician answered: Newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it's often done without the parents' consent, according to Brad Therrell, director of the National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center."

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Google Buzz Issues

Google Buzz has issues. Just an example of companies have a disturbing lack of concern for your privacy and the security of the data you give them to operate with.

For example, on this Buzz list, the people who EMAIL ME the most, including some solicitors (spammers) I just don't filter to Spam (mostly out of curiosity) are automatically on my default list. This is not a service to me at all. I ignore these emails mostly.

I will soon be ditching my Gmail account. I opened it because my 13 year old Yahoo mail was choked with Spam, but this may be worse. I'll go ahead and set up another webmail with a whitelist because I'm spoiled to being able to check my email in different locations.

I should take this opportunity to plug HUSHMAIL.COM I guess. I need become an affiliate of theirs. I'm not, but it seems to have a good, private, secure way to handle webmail and email in general.

This article has a good discussion and set of linked articles if you want to see what all the "Buzz" is about.


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