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Smart Meters, RFID & Business Core Rotten! Mar 8/12 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:23

Smart Meter Fight & RFID ! Mar 8/12

1)  MORE RALLY REPORTS!

NANAIMO RALLY About 70 people from as far away as Tofino came, Nanaimo News Bulletin and CTV reporters were there. Considering we're a bunch of old fogies who never in our wildest dreams expected to put "political demonstrations" on our bucket lists, we did really well, culminating with a 40-min. parade through downtown Nanaimo including City Hall and the Provincial Government building.There were several talks, including about EMR sensitivity. Myc Sharratt did a great job playing and singing. We collected $55 for the legal fund and got 1 1/2 pages of signatures on the petition. A great day was had by all.

POWELL RIVER Cold day but high enthusiasm. Up to 15 people went from Hydro, marched 8 blocks to MLA Nicholas Simon’s office where all were warmly welcomed, had a table with displays, laptop with youtubes,  handed out flyers, presented a petition to Mr. Simon’s staff. Milled along the roads, good reception from drivers. All in all a good day inspite of the weather. A good first rally in a small town. Ready for the next one.

2)  Follow up to rally in Prince George – Reaching the people who want to know!!

After the Rally I went to Ave Maria's because I had arranged to have a table there. I was very encouraged, many people approached me for information , who had already had a Smartmeter installed without their permission, and wanted to know how to get it removed. So I told them of the website and the 'Removal Letter' indicated there. Many people thanked me for being at Ave Maria's, and for the huge amount of information available. I've arranged with Cathy the manager, to have a table there every Wed/Sat. 3.pm.- 6.pm. So you can spread the word. I'm putting together a binder, so everything is easy to find to answer questions

3) CORIX ALERT BC Hydro delivered notices to residence in the Cadboro Bay area - Haro, Camelot, Sutton Rd, Alpine Crescent and Monarch Place. BC Hydro was observed parking a significant distance away, on Arbutus Rd, and walking to these streets to deliver notices. There are a number of refusals in this area and leaves one wondering if this was the reason they parked at such a distance.

4) OFF TOPIC OF SMART METERS BUT IMPORTANT PRIVACY CONCERNS: Here is a youtube about RFID chips in credit cards, and watching this could save you money!

http://youtu.be/lLAFhTjsQHw

5) Shaw Cable is aware of problems with smart meters. A member from Victoria wrote this:

“Smart Meter was installed while I was away on vacation, I had written and signed a notice for No Install last summer but they went ahead and did it anyway. My Shaw cable, phone and internet have been down since the meter was installed and had to work with shaw for over an hour to trouble shoot services. Shaw Cable has shared with me their concerns about the Smart Meters having an effect on house wiring.”

If you are speaking with Shaw or any other internet or cable provider re. problems, please ask about problems they are seeing associated with smart meters, and provide details to coordinator1@stopsmartmetersbc.ca

6) Joke for the day, although it really happened, as told by a member:

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Unknown 20 Trillion $ Company Mar 8/12 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:02

Unknown 20 Trillion $ Company Mar 8/12

The Unknown 20 Trillion Dollar Company

Flemming Funch

There is a busy little private company you probably never have heard about, but which you should. Its name is the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. See their website. Looks pretty boring. Some kind of financial service thing, with a positive slogan and out there to make a little business. You can even get a job there. Now, go and take a look at their annual report. Starts with a nice litte Flash presentation and has a nice message from the CEO. And take a look at the numbers. It turns out that this company holds 23 trillion dollars in assets, and had 917 trillion dollars worth of transactions in 2002. That's trillions, as in thousands of thousands of millions. 23,000,000,000,000 dollars in assets.

As it so turns out, it is not because DTCC has a nice website and says good things about saving their customers money that they are trusted with that kind of resources. Rather it is because they seem to have a monopoly on what they do. In brief, they process the vast majority of all stock transactions in the United States as well as for many other countries. And - and that's the real interesting part - 99% of all stocks in the U.S. appear to be legally owned by them.

In the old days, when you owned stocks you would have the stock certificates lying in your safe. And if you needed to trade them, you needed to get them shipped off to a broker. Nowadays that would be considered very cumbersome, and it would be impractical to invest via computer or over the phone. So the shortcut was invented that the broker would hold your stocks instead of you. And in order for him to legally be able to trade them for you, the stocks were placed under their "street name". I.e. they're in the name of the brokerage, but they're just holding them in trust and trading them for you. And you're in reality the beneficiary rather than the owner. Which is all fine and dandy if everything goes right. Now, it appears the rules were then changed so the brokers are not allowed any longer to put the stocks in their own name. Instead, what they typically do is to put the stocks into the name of "Cede and Company" or "Cede & Co" or some such variation. And the broker might tell you that it is just a fictitious name, and will explain why it is really more practical to do that than to put it in your name.

The problem with that is that it appears that Cede isn't just some dummy name, but an actual corporation that DTCC controls. And, well, if you ask anybody about this, who actually knows about it, they will naturally tell you that it is all a formality. To serve you better, of course. And, well, maybe it is. DTCC seems like a nice and friendly company. It is a private company, owned by the same people (major U.S. banks) who own the Federal Reserve Bank. And if they all stick to their job, and just keep the money and your stocks flowing smoothly, I'm sure that is all well and good. But if somebody at some point should decide otherwise, and there's a national U.S. emergency and/or the U.S. government becomes unable to pay its debts, well, they might just not give you your stocks back. Because legally they own them. Something to think about.

An fascinating article about this whole thing is here. I will include it at the bottom too, in case it should disappear. Not that I can vouch for or agree with everything the guy is saying, and some of it is a little whacko, but obviously he's been researching this quite a bit. You'll find very little about it on the net otherwise.

The Unknown $19 Trillion Depository Trust Company

by Anthony Wayne

Part I of II

This exclusive report is a compilation of interviews and background research from October 1995 through April 1999.

The Depository Trust Company (DTC) is the best kept secret in America. Headquartered at 55 Water Street in New York City, the average American has no clue that this financial institution is the most powerful banking corporation in the world. The general public has no knowledge of what the DTC is or what they do. How can a private banking trust company hold assets of over $19 trillion and be unknown? In a recent press release dated April 19, 1999, the Depository Trust Company stated:

The Depository Trust Company (DTC) is the world's largest securities depository, holding nearly $19 trillion in assets for its Participants and their customers.... Last year, DTC processed over 164 million book-entry deliveries valued at more than $77 trillion.

In dealing with the trust department of Midlantic Bank, N.A. in New Jersey [now PNC Bank, N.A.], this writer was authorized, as trustee and power of attorney, to transfer original trust assets comprising of common stocks and bonds to a new trust set up in another jurisdiction. An Assistant Vice President from the Trust & Financial Management Office of Midlantic Bank said to me "it will take at least 6 weeks to do this as the majority of the stocks and bonds are not held in the name of the trust". This same Midlantic Bank Assistant V.P. also stated in a letter dated November 17, 1995, "Of the 11 municipal bonds, 8 are held in book entry only. This means they cannot be physically re-registered with a certificate sent to the new trustees." (* these are not the actual figures quoted in the letter in order to protect the privacy of the account holder, at their request. Also, we were asked not to name the Midlantic Assistant V.P. in order to protect her privacy Rights. We respect these requests with full moral compliance). In disbelief, I brought this matter to the attention of our research assistants at the Christian Common Law Institute [formerly the North Bridge News] and we began our lengthy investigation into the matter. After 3 years, the can of worms we've opened up should frighten every American. With the advent of reported Y2K computer glitches and the possible collapse of our 'paper asset' economy, every person who has a stock or bond in their portfolio had better read this report and act on the information we are disclosing here.

In November 1995, after encountering numerous "no comments" and a myriad of "that's not my department" excuses via telephone, I eventually spoke with Mr. Jim McNeff who told me his position was Director of Training for the DTC. He said he'd been employed there for 19 years and was "very proud" of his employer. During my initial telephone interview, either Jim's employer or some other unknown person or persons were illegally listening or taping our telephone conversation according to the electronic eavesdropping equipment we have installed on our end. Why did anyone feel it was necessary to illegally record our conversation without advising us? Was some federal alphabet agency monitoring DTC calls to safeguard National Security? That in itself is suspicious enough to warrant a big red warning flag.

Jim informed me back then (1995) that "the DTC is the largest limited trust company in the world with assets of $ 9.1 trillion". In July 1998, I spoke with Ms. Rose Barnabic of the DTC Finance Department who said that "DTC assets are currently estimated at around $11 trillion". As of April 19, 1999, the DTC itself has stated that their assets total "nearly $19 trillion" (see above). Mr. McNeff had also stated "the DTC is a brokerage clearing firm and transfer center. We're a private bank for securities. We handle the book entry transactions for all banks and brokers. Every bank and brokerage firm must secure their membership with us in case they become insolvent, so your assets are secure with DTC". Yes, you read that correctly. The DTC is a private bank that processes every stock and bond (paper securities) for all U.S. banks and brokerage houses. The big question is this; Just who gave this private bank and trust company such a broad range of financial power and clout?

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Moratorium & Dangers of WIFI Industries! Feb 23/12 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:15

Moratorium & Dangers of WIFI Industries! Feb 23/12

Parliamentary Assembly of the  Council of Europe calling for a moratorium on wireless technology.

Please pass this info on to your contacts

CDSAPI’s Added Comment:
Thankfully the Europeans are heeding the implications of the available data regarding EMFs – Electromagnetic Frequencies – and are recommending a moratorium on the proliferation of their use. 
Why do our Governments  in North American protect the Corporations to do whatever they deem “profitable”  and more “efficient” – even though EMFs have the potential to severely damage, if not destroy, the health and survival of biological life.  (The exponential demise of bees and birds are just the “canaries in the mine”.)

Governments – controlled by, and serving, the demands of Monopoly Corporations – have declared that only the CORPORATE ECONOMY counts - meaning the “right of Corporations to profit”, by hook or by crook. 
“THE ECONOMY” does not refer to the economy of the population, nor the economic cost to the ecology and environment.  These are merely “Corporate Resources” to be milked and fleeced on Corporate Decree and Demand.

Thus, if a technology of “greater profitability” damages or kills people and biological life, this is simply “written off” - deemed to be “acceptable collateral damage” – the price of doing business.

Considering the “technological” history since WWII, it is obvious that WISDOM seems extinct  and deeply buried, and that the Rule of EXPEDIENCY prevails with unprecedented insanity.

After surviving the devastation of two World Wars, the European population, despite the Corporate Trade pressures, is not as ready to sacrifice their lives and those of their children for “technological expediencies that kill”.

What do their scientists know  about EMFs  that OUR government regulators are determined to ignore?

Use this as ammunition - and apply unrelenting pressure on our Government and regulators.

 

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Here are the EU recommendations:

 

Important Document from the Parliamentary Assembly of the  Council of Europe
(re  ....same frequencies as "smart" meters, cell phones, and other wireless tech)

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is a highly respected body of 47 members who do scientific, social and other reviews and act as a think tank for the EU advising them on policy.

They are calling for a moratorium on wireless technology until proven safe.
The draft resolution in the attachment above was adopted unanimously by the committee on 11 April 2011.
The recommendations here are ones all municipalities, government bodies globally need consider and hopefully immediately implement the precautionary principal with moratoriums.

The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment
Report1  Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs  Rapporteur: Mr Jean HUSS, Luxembourg, Socialist Group

Summary

The potential health effects of the very low frequency of electromagnetic fields surrounding power lines and electrical devices are the subject of ongoing research and a significant amount of public debate.
While electrical and electromagnetic fields in certain frequency bands have fully beneficial effects which are applied in medicine, other non-ionizing frequencies, be they sourced from extremely low frequencies, power lines or certain high frequency waves used in the fields of radar, telecommunications and mobile telephony, appear to have more or less potentially harmful, non-thermal, biological effects on plants, insects and animals, as well as the human body when exposed to levels that are below the official threshold values.

One must respect the precautionary principle and revise the current threshold values;
waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case in the past with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.

F - 67075 Strasbourg Cedex | assembly@coe.int | Tel: + 33 3 88 41 2000 |
Fax: +33 3 88 41 2733

Microwave Warfare - Barrie Trower

EMF, WI-FI & MIRCROWAVE DAMAGE - Barrie Trower

973 - Barrie Trower  -

This will automatically connect to the following 12 video’s in this interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjyfpVRPUVQ&list=PLEF47E5563AA26446&index=1&feature=plpp_video

Barrie Trower Autobiography

I trained at the Government's Microwave Warfare establishment in [the] 60’s.  I worked with the underwater bomb disposal unit, which used microwaves.

In the 70’s I helped debrief spies trained in microwave warfare.

My first degree is in Physics. (I specialised in microwaves.)
My second degree is a research degree.
I have a teaching diploma in human physiology.
I teach advanced physics and mathematics at South Dartmoor College.

Author of the Tetra Report for the Police Federation.  
I predicted the illnesses, which the officers now complain of.
These are illnesses that occurred before my report was published and cannot be psychosomatic.

At a conference in Birmingham I said “This Government, Industry and Government Scientists will be responsible for more deaths (of civilians) in peace time than all the terrorist organizations ever.”   
The evidence I have is showing this is correct.   I put my money where my mouth is and stand my ground.

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Fraudulent Foreclosures & Bankers Admit Criminality! Feb 2/12 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:18

Fraudulent Foreclosures & Bankers Admit Criminality! Feb 2/12

THIS IS HUGE! : GMAC foreclosure voided due to lack of subject matter jurisdiction

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 7:22 PM

ALABAMA Appellate Court Deals Death Blow to Thousands of Foreclosures

http://livinglies.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/alabama-appelate-court-deals-death-blow-to-thousands-of-foreclosures/

Posted on January 24, 2012 by Neil Garfield

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Because GMAC Mortgage lacked standing to bring the ejectment action, the trial court never acquired subject-matter jurisdiction over the ejectment action. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is void and is hereby vacated. Moreover, because a void judgment will not support an appeal, we dismiss this appeal. Id."

"GMAC Mortgage, like BAC in Sturdivant, had not been assigned the mortgage before it initiated foreclosure proceedings. Consequently, under our holding in Sturdivant, GMAC Mortgage lacked authority to foreclose the mortgage when it initiated the foreclosure proceedings,"

With those words tens of thousands of foreclosures, if not millions, are cast into doubt and, in Alabama ­ arguably the most conservative state in the nation, thousands of foreclosures can be overturned after eviction, after the sale at "auction" because if the creditor did not have proof of the sale of the loan (including payment, to complete the transaction, then they couldn't very well initiate any Notice of Default, Notice of Sale, or submit a "credit bid" at auction, simply because they were not the creditor.

This is why homeowners, investors and banks looking to refinance property that was ever subject to claims of securitization and foreclosure must have the information contained in our COMBO title and Securitization report (see above). That house you think you lost or are in the process of losing or are in the process of buying or are in the process of refinancing needs to have these questions cleared up before anyone can proceed.

PATTERSON v. GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC
Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
Decided January 20, 2012.

On appeal, the Pattersons assert, among other things, that the trial court erred in determining that the foreclosure was valid. While the Pattersons' appeal was pending, this court delivered its decision in Sturdivant v. BAC Home Loans, LP, [Ms. 2100245, Dec. 16, 2011] ___ So. 3d ___ (Ala. Civ. App. 2011). In Sturdivant, BAC Home Loans, LP ("BAC"), initiated foreclosure proceedings on the mortgage encumbering Bessie T. Sturdivant's house before the mortgage had been assigned to BAC. BAC then held a foreclosure sale at which it purchased Sturdivant's house, and the auctioneer executed a foreclosure deed purporting to convey title to Sturdivant's house to BAC. BAC was assigned the mortgage the same day as the foreclosure sale. Thereafter, BAC brought an ejectment action against Sturdivant, claiming that it owned title to her house by virtue of the foreclosure deed. After the trial court entered a summary judgment in favor of BAC, Sturdivant appealed to the supreme court, which transferred her appeal to this court. We held that BAC lacked authority to foreclose the mortgage because it had not been assigned the mortgage before it initiated foreclosure proceedings and that, therefore, the foreclosure and the foreclosure deed were invalid. We further held that, because the foreclosure and the foreclosure deed were invalid, BAC did not acquire legal title to Sturdivant's house through the foreclosure deed and thus BAC did not own an interest in the house when it commenced its ejectment action. We further held that, because BAC did not own any interest in Sturdivant's house when it commenced its ejectment action, BAC did not have standing to bring that action and, consequently, the trial court never acquired subject-matter jurisdiction over the ejectment action. Because BAC did not have standing to bring its ejectment action and the trial court never acquired jurisdiction over the ejectment action, we held that the judgment of the trial court was void, and we vacated that judgment. Moreover, because a void judgment will not support an appeal, we dismissed the appeal.

In the case now before us, GMAC Mortgage, like BAC in Sturdivant, had not been assigned the mortgage before it initiated foreclosure proceedings. Consequently, under our holding in Sturdivant, GMAC Mortgage lacked authority to foreclose the mortgage when it initiated the foreclosure proceedings, and, therefore, the foreclosure and the foreclosure deed upon which GMAC based it ejectment claim are invalid. Moreover, under our holding in Sturdivant, because GMAC Mortgage did not own any interest in the house, it lacked standing to bring its ejectment action against the Pattersons. Because GMAC Mortgage lacked standing to bring the ejectment action, the trial court never acquired subject-matter jurisdiction over the ejectment action. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is void and is hereby vacated. Moreover, because a void judgment will not support an appeal, we dismiss this appeal. Id.

JUDGMENT VACATED; APPEAL DISMISSED.

Pittman, Thomas, and Moore, JJ., concur.

Thompson, P.J., concurs in the result, with writing.

Bryan, J., dissents, with writing.

THOMPSON, Presiding Judge, concurring in the result.

Bankers Admit Criminal Actions Jan 31/12

Banker Admits in Court that Banks Actually Loan Nothing

http://2013rainbowroundtable.ning.com/profiles/blogs/banker-admits-in-court-that-banks-actually-loan-nothing

This is an actual court transcript - an interview with a banker, who is under oath, about a foreclosure. The banker was placed on the witness stand and sworn in. The plaintiff's (borrower's) attorney asked the banker the routine questions concerning the banker's education and background. Then this conversation followed:

The attorney asked the banker, "What is court exhibit A?"

The banker responded by saying, "This is a promissory note."

The attorney then asked, "Is there an agreement between Mr. Smith (borrower) and the defendant?"

The banker said, "Yes."

The attorney asked, "Do you believe the agreement includes a lender and a borrower?"

The banker responded by saying, "Yes, I am the lender and Mr. Smith is the borrower."

The attorney asked, "What do you believe the agreement is?"

The banker quickly responded, saying, " We have the borrower sign the note and we give the borrower a check."

The attorney asked, "Does this agreement show the words borrower, lender, loan, interest, credit, or money within the agreement?"

The banker responded by saying, "Sure it does."

The attorney asked, `"According to your knowledge, who was to loan what to whom according to the written agreement?"

The banker responded by saying, "The lender loaned the borrower a $50,000 check. The borrower got the money and the house and has not repaid the money."

The attorney noted that the banker never said that the bank received the promissory note as a loan from the borrower to the bank. He asked, "Do you believe an ordinary person can use ordinary terms and understand this written agreement?"

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Internet Censorship Battle Jan 19/12 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:50

Internet Censorship Battle Jan 19/12

NOTICE THAT TODAY 1/18 there is NO WIKIPEDIA & google has gone dark.

There have been rumors that this legislation has been shelved. But those rumors aren't true.

This legislation is still being rushed through Congress because big corporate interests like Comcast, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent millions of dollars lobbying for this censoring legislation.1

This legislation gives corporations and the government the ability to determine what information you can consume on the internet ‹ a dangerous practice which, when committed by the Chinese and Iranian governments, is denounced by the American people and almost all of our elected representatives.

Right now, only a small number of Democratic senators are standing up to corporate interests and voicing opposition to this censorship bill.

And the only way we can stop this outright attack on the free internet is to have more senators commit to vote against the legislation.

Take action:

Learn more about this campaign

Stop internet censorship!

Dear Olivia,

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would end the internet as we know it.

If it passes, the "Protect IP Act" (and its companion bill in the House, "SOPA") could put people in jail for uploading a video to YouTube, and would severely limit our right to free speech.

This legislation is so potentially damaging that today we are blacking out the CREDO Action website in protest and urging our website visitors to tell Congress to vote no on these bills.

CREDO's joining our allies like MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Knowledge as well as internet companies like Wikipedia, Mozilla, and Wordpress (among hundreds of other sites) in this national day of action against this legislation.

CREDO members have already made over 8,000 calls and sent over 40,000 petition signatures to the Senate, but we can't let up now. On this national day of action, we need to make sure the Senate knows that we need them to protect the internet.

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

There have been rumors that this legislation has been shelved. But those rumors aren't true.

This legislation is still being rushed through Congress because big corporate interests like Comcast, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent millions of dollars lobbying for this censoring legislation.1

This legislation gives corporations and the government the ability to determine what information you can consume on the internet ‹ a dangerous practice which, when committed by the Chinese and Iranian governments, is denounced by the American people and almost all of our elected representatives.

Internet companies including Google, Mozilla, Facebook, and Twitter, say that "the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites."2

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

Right now, only a small number of Democratic senators are standing up to corporate interests and voicing opposition to the legislation. And the only way we can stop this outright attack on the free internet is to have more senators commit to vote against the legislation. No matter whether your senators are Republicans or Democrats, it is important that you urge them to take a stand for internet freedom.

We need your senators to come out in opposition to this bill and vote against internet censorship.

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

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Privacy Erosion with CIQ & Smart City Wars! Jan 5/12 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 18:10

Privacy Erosion with CIQ & Smart City Wars! Jan 5/11

Are You Being Tracked?

8 Ways Your Privacy Is Being Eroded Online and Off

A series of ongoing battles delineate the boundary of what, in the digital age, is personal, private life and information.

http://www.alternet.org/media/153592/are_you_being_tracked_8_ways_your_privacy_is_being_eroded_online_and_off/?page=1

December 28, 2011

In a recent hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Al Franken reminded his fellow Americans, "People have a fundamental right to control their private information." At the hearing, Franken raised an alarm about Carrier IQ's software, CIQ.

Few people have ever heard about CIQ. Running under the app functions, CIQ doesn't require the user's consent (or knowledge) to operate. On Android phones, it can track a user's keystrokes, record telephone calls, store text messages, track location and more. Most troubling, it is difficult to impossible to disable.

Carrier IQ, located in Mountain View, CA, was founded in 2005 and is backed by a group of venture capitalists. Its software is installed on about 150 million wireless devices offered through AT&T, HTC, Nokia, RIM (BlackBerry), Samsung, Sprint and Verizon Wireless. It runs on a variety of operating systems, including the Apple OS and Google's Android (but not on Microsoft Windows).

At the hearing, Sen. Franken questioned FBI director Robert Muller about the FBI's use of CIQ software. Muller assured the senator that FBI agents "neither sought nor obtained any information" from Carrier IQ.

Following Muller's Senate testimony, Andrew Coward, Carrier IQ's VP of marketing, told the Associated Press that the FBI is the only law enforcement agency to contact them for data. The FBI has yet to issue a follow-up "clarification."

CIQ is emblematic of a growing number of ongoing battles that delineate the boundary of what, in the digital age, is personal, private life and information. In this era of 0s and 1s, of globalization and instantaneous communications, what it means to be a person seems to be both expanding and contracting. The battle over personal privacy is as old as the nation and as contemporary as the latest tech innovation. Eight fronts in this battle delineate personal privacy in the digital age.

1. Tracking

The Carrier IQ controversy exposed the long-festering problem of the Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), 40-digit-long strings of letters and numbers that distinguish one device from another. Most troubling, it cannot be blocked or removed by a user. (A report by the Electronic Freedom Foundation details how CIQ works.)

Sen. Franken's hearing took place a few weeks after Trevor Eckhart, a security researcher, exposed the extent of information accessible by the CIQ software; Eckhart works for a firm that is a potential rival to Carrier IQ. Nevertheless, his findings are disturbing.

According to the company, its software is designed to improve mobile communications. CIQ is used to help businesses with GPS tracking of mobile devices and coordinate employee travel. The company initially denied there was anything suspicious about its software. Further analysis revealed a bug that allowed SMS messages to be captured.

Making matters worse, Carrier IQ attempted to silence Eckhart with a cease-and-desist letter, demanding he replace his analysis with a statement disavowing his research. Bowing to online pressure, the company withdrew the letter.

In the wake of the mounting scandal, most of the nation's leading wireless providers are modifying how they implement CIQ. (For an excellent recap of the controversy and a status report on which carriers and phones employ CIQ, check out Brad Molen's article in Engadget.)

Carrier IQ is not the only company being challenged over alleged tracking. Earlier this year, two suits were filed challenging Apple over how it collects and exploits data gathered from users of its mobile devices. (See #5 below.) In addition, comScore, the online analytics firm, is being sued for allegedly collecting Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, and other data from unsuspecting consumers. Its software allegedly "modifies a computer's firewall settings, redirects Internet traffic, and can be upgraded and controlled remotely."

2. Reading, Watching and Hearing

One of the oldest fronts in the battle over personal privacy involves the cultural and intellectual media. This includes the books, newspapers and magazines people read; the movies, TV shows and videos they watch; the radio shows and music they listen to; and the live events they attend. Traditionally, these have been battlegrounds over which the great "analog" content wars of previous centuries were fought. They continue to be fought today.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 18:35
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