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Comment But you have no point (Score 1) 222

It is your analogy that is ludicrous and you continue to cling to it as though it has some relevance. It has none. It is up to Google to follow the law. The law governs the collection, use, retention and disclosure of personal information - just because the data can be readily captured doesn't then make it "fair game" for whatever a third party wants to do with it. I readily concede that "fair game" is precisely the situation in the US - personal infomation is an asset that can be bought and sold like any other - but you should recognise that the rest of the civilised world does not share this lackadaisical approach. It always puzzled me that in the land of the free, there is barely any protection for individuals' privacy.

Comment Re:Google broke privacy laws (Score 2, Informative) 222

Nice little discussion you're having, but all your analogies miss the point completely. I don't know how you got on this "plain view" furrow, but it has no relevance. The simple fact is that personal information - recorded information that uniquely identifies an individual - has special status. It's special. The law says so. The legislation governs, among other things, how such data is collected and how it is used. Whether or not it is in "plain view" is neither here nor there. Google completely ignored the law regarding collection of data.

I understand how all this legislated information privacy is terra incognita for you, but these are not my opinions, they are those of the Canadian Privacy commissioner. You should check out her website.

Comment You clearly have no idea what you're writing about (Score 1) 222

You have your view of the law and the Canadian Privacy Commissioner has hers - I know which one I believe is the more sound. The mere fact that you write of "suing" in your inappropriate analogy shows how little you understand of how the legislation works.

Neither Canada nor the EU are responsible for the ridiculous situation where the US alone among industrialised nations lacks proper privacy legislation. Being ignorant of these matters is no excuse, for either you or google.

Comment Google broke privacy laws (Score 4, Interesting) 222

Actually, where I live, the collection of personal information is regulated by law, and Google is/was in flagrant violation of that law. It doesn't matter that the data was available in the clear, over the air : personal data is protected by law, and hand-waving excuses about technical errors or artifacts of collection process are irrelevant. I realise that the US has no proper privacy laws, but many other places (and all other industrialised nations) do have such legislation. Google simply ignored those laws, which is why they were called to task by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner and EU data regulators.

British Pizza Chain To Install Cones of Silence 122

itwbennett writes "British pizza chain Pizza Express is installing iPod docks and soundproof domes in booths of their new iPizzeria stores. 'The idea is that you can plug in your iPod and play whatever music you like without disturbing other diners,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'But I'm sure it'd work for talking about government secrets and other spy stuff, too.'"

Comment It's not google alone (Score 1) 271

If i do a lookup on www.slashdot.org then this query should newer hit any dns server controlled by Google.

The very first sentence of TA "...a group of DNS and content providers, including Neustar/UltraDNS and Google are publishing a proposal..." It's a way for providers of content and providers of DNS service to collude.

Submission + - McKinnon extradition may be unlawful (guardian.co.uk)

Vainglorious Coward writes: Late last year, it appeared that UK hacker and Asperger's sufferer Gary McKinnon had failed in his bid to avoid extradition to the US. Now, in what his mother described as an outbreak of common sense, a high court judge has written to the Home Secretary warning that pursuing McKinnon's extradition may be unlawful. There will now be a judicial review of the case in April or May

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