Thursday, January 28, 2010

Internet Privacy Day: an occasion to "celebrate"!


Today, Jan. 28, 2010, is Internet Privacy Day, and AOL Walletpop has a good summary story, “Internet Data Privacy Day 2010: How to protect your kids (and yourself) online,”, by Lita Epstein, link here.

The story gives many links from different organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, but emphasizes that even with privacy settings, nothing is completely private anymore. The story gives links to other stories that discuss the harm of Internet rumor.

The article mentions an AOL blog “Safety Clicks” (link here) with many entries, including an entry that Social Networking Profiles could become a new target for hackers in 2010.

Monday, January 04, 2010

TSA no-fly list could be tied to an NCOA-based identity protection system


Justin Florence has an article in the Jan. 4 Washington Post , “A Better No-Fly List”, that does link to the problem of identity protection. The link is here.

The article suggests a way for people mistakenly singled out by the list to appeal, with an in-person procedure where TSA employees could check identities more carefully on a system not connected to the Internet (and probably an old-fashioned mainframe system with mainframe security, starting with RACF). There also could be an appeals procedure, but who should pay the cost of attorneys is a good question when an innocent person is wrongly singled out. Similar names will be a reason for mis-identifications.

Of course, so could identity theft. It makes sense that such a system could tie in to NCOA verifications that I suggested on Sept. 25, 2006 on this blog.