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The House of Representatives crushes the FCC’s ability to protect end user privacy; and now the public is paying for it…

Last week, the House of Representatives in the US, struck down an FCC legislation amendment that would have protected end user privacy by forbidding employers or prospective employers from demanding Facebook credentials. I find this problematic, as there have been a couple different examples (1, 2) in the media recently.  Unfortunately, a couple different EASY internet searches can quickly get you a dozen or more similar results, where students have been sent to detention or suspended for exercising what amounts to, free speech.  Additionally, as noted in example number 1, above, one person has lost their job, also for exercising their US Constitutionally granted and protected rights of free speech.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not going to go on some freakin’ tirade here about first or fourth amendment rights. However, I am going to make a pretty harsh statement here:

Attention ALL US school districts, school board members, superintendents, principals, assistant principals, deans, councilors, teachers, etc.  – Grow up!

As a tax payer, I spend  a lot of time as well as money funding your activities.  Let’s not go into how many Americans feel that their tax dollars are misused, abused or misappropriated when school district after school district contend that they simply don’t have enough money to fund <pick a program or curriculum>.  That’s another rant for another time. However, just because a student has taken you to task or has made a “I don’t like <school employee> because of <event that happened to me>” statement on Facebook doesn’t mean that you automatically have the right to  1) demand they take it down, or 2) demand their Facebook (or any other social network) credentials so you can delete the comment/Fan page yourself or see what ELSE they may have said.

Who the HELL do you think you are?!?

The LAST time I checked, this was still America.  The last time I checked, I was afforded the right to speak my mind (First Amendment).  The last time I checked, I was protected from unlawful search and seizure or demands on my privacy (Fourth Amendment). I’m confused and, understandably, very concerned.

Reading between the lines, it appears that in both of the cases that I’ve cited, someone got embarrassed either because they behaved badly (example 2) or because something was brought to their attention that may have seemed harmless and/or funny to some (example 1), and the embarrassed persons complained to someone they work for.

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Today is the day when the Internet goes on strike against SOPA

January 18th – A day we’ll remember. Thousands of sites went dark to protest against SOPA and PIPA, two US bills racing through Congress that threaten prosperity, online security, and freedom of expression. Sites are striking in all different ways, for example, Google censored its own logo and Wikipedia decided to bring out drastic measures in the fight, as they make the website unavailable for 24 hours in protest against the bill.

One thing is clear, if the bill will pass, the Internet will never be the same and it will affect everyone around the world, not only the people of US, by blocking site’s web traffic, ad traffic and search traffic using the same website censorship methods used by China, Iran and Syria. All websites both inside and outside the US could be blocked based on an infringement claim and website based on user-generated content like YouTube and Reddit could be really effected.

By clicking Google’s logo or the link just under the logo takes you to a SOPA / PIPA landing page that displays these words:

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

The page gives you the option to sign a petition against the legislation, and I hope you will!

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

You can also declare your opposition to it via a PIPA petition website

To find out more information about SOPA, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act

 

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Kindle Fire and Touch will not hit the European market

Several sources already confirmed that the new tablets from Amazon will not come soon to UK or other European market. The Android based Kindle Fire and the touch-screen e-book reader are not available on Amazon UK and that’s due to the fact that both products were not distributed on the European markets.

The cause of this delay is Amazon’s Kindle Fire Silk browser present in the latest tablets, which rises serious security concerns. It seems that this browser is collecting all your Internet history in order to obtain faster access to web-site pages. It may sound weird, but in order to be the fastest tablet browser, Fire Silk is showing a copy of any accessed web-site which is saved in the cloud. This is doable thanks to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) which is used as a Web proxy. Anytime you are stationed on a page, Amazon has to keep the connection between your device and EC2 open, making it obvious how easy your activity can be tracked.

The European data protection laws doesn’t accept this security breaches making it impossible for Amazon to sell these products abroad. Although it was meant from the beginning to use an European data center, the officials still think that data can be vulnerable to US law.

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ImmigrationTracker Software

Tracker Corp, developers of the case management software used by three-quarters of top immigration law firms, introduced an enhanced Global Immigration package for its ImmigrationTracker software, including integrated immigration forms, global content and internationally customizable workflows and reporting tools for U.S. law firms and corporations conducting business overseas.
Tracker’s global immigration content features accurate workflow steps, immigration forms and local terminology for case types for key countries, created by legal experts for each destination country. Tracker helps employers manage their global mobility program, with tools like our web-based ReportWizard, online-accessible questionnaires and global immigration workflows that cover other parts of the world.

Tracker’s exclusive External Professional role allows law firms and organizations to create a secure login for their global mobility partners, such as overseas immigration counsel and relocation partners. This allows for better collaboration across borders, and HR at the client companies get to see the entire global mobility process in one place. Another reason Tracker better ensures global compliance for multinational employers is that the Online Document Vault, with its unlimited storage options, encourages better adherence to data privacy rules in the EU, US and other regions.

For more information visit http://www.trackercorp.com.

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