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Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 4, Interesting) 450

My guess, based on my knowledge of regulatory requirements, is that the profile itself was actually deleted, however financial transactions all have a data retention requirement, 7 years or 5 years, I forget. So forcing men to pay to delete, results in the data about his profile being deleted, but that financial transaction tied to that process had to be kept.

Comment Re:Police state San Jose (Score 2) 258

Bad analogy, IP's are not owned by the person it is registered to at the time. It can also change over time depending on the providers DHCP setup, and ISPs keep terrible logs at times.

Your license plate, is registered to you, or at least to the owner, this is also why camera tickets are a fine, but no points, when it comes to these types of things, it is the owners responsibility to know who is in control of their vehicle, and will suffer the consequences should the person in control do something stupid. Your registration does not randomly rotate to another vehicle like an IP can to another user.

Drones.. well that's new territory, I'm sure we will come up with something, but some laws do still apply, yes the drone can take images of your property, but if the drone parks off in front of your window and records you inside, well thats peeping tom/stalker territory and there are laws that cover that.

What if I walked up and down the street in front of the Mayors house, wrote down every plate I saw for a week.. you bet your ass the cops would show up and possibly not arrest me, but definitely take me in for questioning

Comment Re:Google Maps (Score 1) 258

I'm not sure about San Jose.. but in DC (I learned this the hard way when I was ticketed for out of state plates while living there), even if your car is in your driveway, and there is a gate (obviously with a closed fence they would not be able to see it) around your property, the city can enforce all ordinances and laws while your vehicle is on your private property. The reason I kept out of state plates was I was living in DC temporarily (okay a year), but using public transport, and besides, it was registered to my mothers address, so it was still a valid address to get a hold of me if need be...

Comment Re:Police state San Jose (Score 5, Insightful) 258

It is invasive, because it allows the wholesale collection of information on people without any effort, and the create a massive database on every vehicle owners movements.

I'd be fine if they read the plates, checked whether or not it is stolen, and then dumps the data, never storing it, but we know this won't happen. They will keep the data for years. And my faith in any police force of government body has been shaken enough that I no longer trust them, and the data will ultimately be abused by someone, whether it's an officer checking up on their spouse, or a politician looking for dirt on their opponent.

No, if they want to use the garbage collection resources as a means to read plates, then have the garbage men write every plate down on paper, or manually type it into the computer. Because the city is right, on public streets there is no expectation of privacy. Back in the day, law enforcement had to do the legwork by hand, let that continue.

Comment Re:tip of the iceburg (Score 1) 157

The biggest problem I have run into (as a Security consultant for state local and federal agencies for the last 15 years), is that they won't spend the money on the "appropriate" personnel and equipment needed to secure anything. They do not see any return on investment, so budgets are shoestring. They only wake up when they themselves are compromised, no matter how many high profile ones appear in the news.

Comment Re:Shit cars marketed to fools (Score 1) 157

There is nothing wrong with the Wrangler, or Grand Cherokee, both of which use the same unconnect system, so they are potentially vulnerable as well. Same goes for any Dodge, say the Viper, Hellcat Chargers and Challengers. With the exception of the challenger, the rest are decent to great cars (I hate it for some reason).

Comment Re:Approach security the wrong way? No shit! (Score 1) 157

The problem today is that the entertainment unit is often tied into the ECU for control and metrics. Look at the Hellcat, most of the tunables (suspension, boost, breaks, even displaying key mode (red and black keys have difference performance profiles), as well as the track apps, all of that is on the uconnect system. They would need to add a completely different display and system to completely isolate the entertainment unit. While I agree this is better, the costs and complexity increase result in everything going to the one main screen. I can see within the uconnect system, isolating the entertainment functions from the apps/performance functions, then limit the cell/wireless comms to just the entertainment portion.

Comment OpenVPN (Score 1) 173

I have 3 VPS and 2 mixed networks. All of them can communicate with each other over different subnets

Make one of the VPS servers your master OpenVPN server
Connect all the other VPS, or network gateways to the Master as clients.

Make sure you advertise the routes using server side client config directives (usually in $path/openvpn/ccd/$name_of_certificate)

Problem solved.

Can even go a little more advanced, setup a vps in another country, and use static routes to make it appear like you are local when you hit certain websites (say BBC iplayer..)....

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