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Category Archives: government

China Bans the Letter ‘F’

12-Jun-09

China recently mandated that Green Dam, a client side application that filters pornography and political content, be installed on all computers manufactured in China starting July 1, 2009. One way the application blocks access to sites is to kill the browser window when it tries to visit an offending site. The above video demonstrates that […]

FlyClear Data Breach

08-Aug-08

FlyClear, the company that handles an express lane security clearance in some U.S. airports, recently lost control of a laptop that contained personal data used to verify the identity of subscribers. The company has repeatedly pointed out that no social security numbers or credit card numbers were included in the data as if that’s the […]

Passport Security

04-Jul-08

The state department released the results of an audit yesterday that found that large numbers of government workers (meaning both employees and contractors) have been regularly accessing the passport files of celebrities: The 192 million passport files maintained by the State Department contain individuals’ passport applications, which include data such as Social Security numbers, physical […]