writes "The FBI admitted that, for the fourth straight year, they improperly accessed phone and internet records of U.S. citizens(http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gxSQM-Pj5GvDDx_r9HNZvtF6JAGgD8V7HN7O0)
Director Robert Meuller testified that the abuses occurred prior to sweeping reforms enacted in 2007, and actually blamed the breaches in part on the telecommunications companies who, he says, submitted more information than requested.
In another unsurprising development, the FBI also underreported the number of security letters, used to authorize wiretaps and to subpoena internet and telecom records, by over 4600 in 2006. The use of these letters to identify potential terrorists has, according to government audit, increased by several orders of magnitude since the enactment of the Patriot Act. Over 1000 of these security letters were found to be improper in 2005, and similar numbers were expected for 2006 and 2007."
writes "Echoing the concerns of privacy and security experts across the nation, California's Secretary of State Debra Bowen has reported that electronic voting, which is common in California, is rife with security concerns. The report (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vsr.htm ), conducted by computer scientists at the University of California, evaluates Diebold and other companies in terms of security, accuracy and verifiability. According to a story on Newsweek's web site (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20546322/site/newswee k/), Bowen says, "Things were worse than I thought. There were far too many ways that people with ill intentions could compromise the voting systems without detection." Bowen took the radical step of decertifying voting machines, allowing some to be used only with "hardening" of security. Manufacturers of voting machines, of course, are claiming that the tests do not reflect "real-world conditions." Will this study spark similar looks at electronic voting in other states, as election officials become more enamored of technology?"