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Pied Type, WordPress, and the GDPR

In recent months we’ve heard a lot about internet privacy and privacy violations. Most notable, perhaps, was the Facebook data “leak” and related Congressional hearings. Then late last month came […]

Fear of flying

Actually, I have no fear of flying. I’ve always enjoyed flying. (Or did before they shrank the seats to about half a normal adult’s size.) My problem these days is […]

And yet we keep funding it

  (In fairness it should be noted that in recent tests the TSA did detect 5% — five percent! — of the explosives and weapons sent through their checkpoints  … )

Fighting phone fraud

  It’s a huge, multifaceted problem — the bilking of senior citizens. And making seniors aware is only part of the solution. Of course they, we, I need to be […]

Judge comes down hard on NSA phone tactics

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing […]

NSA reforms: Obama not believable

On August 9 President Obama announced reforms to the US intelligence gathering system, apparently in an effort to reassure an increasingly skeptical public. As I sat rolling my eyes at […]

The wheels have come off the Obama administration

Privacy advocates are understandably outraged over yesterday’s revelations of widespread spying on Americans by the Obama administration. Coming on top of last month’s allegations of spying on AP reporters, IRS […]

Aren’t knives worse than box cutters?

Still scratching my head over the TSA’s decision to allow small knives on planes again. Where’s the logic?  The knives they are going to allow (blades up to 2.36″ long […]

Venn diagram, privacy and the Internet

Sermon 2013: The Internet is not private

An interesting article on Ars Technica yesterday told of a really dumb Internet extortionist who stole compromising photos from some women’s Facebook pages, and then threatened to post them publicly […]

40 years safe and legal

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

From past years on Pied Type: Despite the highly visible, sometimes violent protests, the law still stands. Why? Because it represents the enlightened compassion and understanding of the majority of […]

Stay tuned for new TSA search techniques

CNN anchors are currently discussing the possibility that a woman arrested this morning on a flight diverted to Bangor, Maine, had an explosive device surgically implanted in her body. Reportedly […]

Fareed Zakaria

Perpetual war, perpetual power

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria is one of the few remaining good things about this flailing, failing news network. He is intelligent, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and in every way professional. His commentary on […]

CISPA - Wikipedia blackout

CISPA: Will Obama stop SOPA 2.0?

Today I came across a bit of background on CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, on Congress.org. I really dropped the ball letting something so important get all […]