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Comment Re:Why wait until now? (Score 4, Informative) 296

All countries, including the US, already have input into ICANN. Check out to see how they work and what is being changed.

The Dept of Commerce is not renewing their contract with ICANN so oversight reverts to ICANN itself. The Dept of Commerce has been "hands off" with ICANN for 20 years. Only once have they taken action, blocking the .xxx domain.
So we are not "handing over" anything. Unless you consider a government agency that takes no action as something that can be handed over.

ICANN, a US non-profit corporation, will continue to operate as before, taking input from the same companies and countries.

Comment Call centers have stricter rules (Score 3, Interesting) 185

Back when I was working at a call center (processing credit applications for several different companies) we had access to credit reports. If we looked up someone's credit report that was not applying for credit, it was immediate termination. I couldn't even look up credit reports for people that had the same last name as myself. If that situation came up, we had to transfer the application to a different service rep.

Years later, I worked at a hospital. They had similar restrictions and consequences regarding patient records due to HIPPA regulations.

Comment HIPPA protection (Score 1) 299

All my usb drives contain my "medical data", protected by HIPPA privacy regulations.

Seriously, HIPPA regulations are probably the strongest data privacy regulations we have in the US. I'm surprised that they haven't been used by shady lawyers in cases like this that require large scale privacy intrusion with no probable cause.

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