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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links 108

Posted by timothy
from the keep-the-microfiche-version-around-for-comparison dept.
Martin Spamer writes with word that the BBC is to publish a continually updated list of its articles removed from Google under the controversial 'right to be forgotten' notices." The BBC will begin - in the "next few weeks" - publishing the list of removed URLs it has been notified about by Google. [Editorial policy head David] Jordan said the BBC had so far been notified of 46 links to articles that had been removed. They included a link to a blog post by Economics Editor Robert Peston. The request was believed to have been made by a person who had left a comment underneath the article. An EU spokesman later said the removal was "not a good judgement" by Google.

+ - NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting for Private Security Firm->

Submitted by un1nsp1red
un1nsp1red (2503532) writes "Current NSA CTO Patrick Dowd has taken a part-time position with former-NSA director Keith Alexander's security firm IronNet Cybersecurity — while retaining his position as chief technology officer for the NSA. The Guardian states that "Patrick Dowd continues to work as a senior NSA official while also working part time for Alexander’s IronNet Cybersecurity, a firm reported to charge up to $1m a month for advising banks on protecting their data from hackers. It is exceedingly rare for a US official to be allowed to work for a private, for-profit company in a field intimately related to his or her public function." Some may give Alexander a pass on the possible conflict of interests as he's now retired, but what about a current NSA official moonlighting for a private security firm?"
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Comment: In related news... (Score 1) 124

... Facebook will also track your progress in Softball games using GPS and your last location on the field, if you've opted in to the Facebook Knows Where You Are at All Times product, to generate a notification when it thinks you've crossed a base or home. If you're safe, you can select "I'm Safe" and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your updated stats.

Comment: Re:Sorry. Non-issue. (Score 5, Insightful) 39

by Em Adespoton (#48173437) Attached to: How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

The issue isn't that they know where you are, the issue is that they're collecting and storing location-bsed data on users who thought they had explicitly opted out of having location data collected.

I presume they also are still collecting the IP addresses, which can be run against any geolocation software they want after the fact.

so: collecting location data? Not an issue.

Using Maxmind's geoIP service? Not an issue.

Asking customers if they want to opt out of having their location data stored, and then storing it anyway? THAT is an issue.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 197

by Em Adespoton (#48171167) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

What Mir has over Wayland is a name that is easily confused with a space station. Otherwise, it's more of a KDE vs GNOME-style issue.

Each time I see one of these articles on slashdot or elsewhere, I go through a moment of confusion as I try to figure out how someone got an interview with the guy who developed software for MIR.

That'd be a cool Slashdot interview, by the way :)

Comment: Re:Republicans Control Michigan (Score 1) 290

by Em Adespoton (#48163697) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Interesting... so the best way to save a beleaguered auto mfg industry is to alienate an automobile company that's set to reinvigorate the auto mfg industry, so that they get stuff built by Toyota in Japan instead of by Detroit?

Also, as the vehicles aren't illegal to drive in MI and the current offerings require you to have significant capital and thus significant mobility, what exactly are they preventing here? New car sales in MI? Isn't this how Cuba ended up the way it did?

Their logic astounds me.

Comment: Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (Score 1) 290

by Em Adespoton (#48163577) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

No. Lobbying involves talking and bribery involves illegal money.

Give me just one good reason why law makers would take legislation proposals written by a lobbyist who represents a non-voting entity and send it to the floor for a vote without so much as a single modification?

Because it's easier than writing it yourself? And hey... we play golf with those guys every Friday; it's not like they'd write up a proposal that's BAD, would they?

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