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Category: Privacy and self ownership

Owning our own information and telling Big Brother to get lost

Weekend links

  • “Consumers” aren’t the only ones upset with Equifax. Looks as if banks might sue them, too. Anecdotally, I have also heard that some banks are no longer sharing information with Equifax until they learn the company’s security practices are actually security practices.
  • Cops. breaking into cars and trashing them … in the name of preventing vehicle break-ins.
  • Why flu shots so often fail. (I’m not anti-vaccine; I’m pro-research, pro-good judgment, and pro-honesty. The pabulum-for-the-public claim that “flu shots are 97 percent effective” has always ticked me off. This article is a refreshing look at the reality.)… 11 Comments
  • Thursday links

  • Equifax keeps digging itself a deeper and deeper hole. Turns out they’ve been directing people to a phishing site instead of their actual “find out if you’ve been affected” site. (Fortunately the phishing site is an honest one. It was set up by a security researcher to show how vulnerable Equifax’s actual hack-info site is.)
  • But don’t worry! When we’re all making purchases via finger-vein readers, all will be well forever after. Absolutely infallible security. (H/T ML)
  • Yeah, and this discreet wearable + phone app will make you feelz safe, too. As long as you’re not in any immediate, actual danger.… 12 Comments
  • Tuesday links

  • Equifax already faces at least 23 class-action lawsuits for its shameless handling of “cuckstomer” data. Even though I know lawyers are the chief beneficiaries of these things, in this case: more power to ’em.
  • Edward Snowden and Andrew “bunnie” Huang have designed a hardware device to monitor your iPhone against surveillance.
  • Could Father Mykal Judge become the first gay saint? (Well no. Odds are there have been gay saints who never got outed. But Mykal Judge was a good man and I hope he makes the grade. At the rate the last couple of popes have been churning out saints, several dogs I know should probably make the grade. And hey, St. Guinefort the Greyhound gets a mention in the linked article, though not by name.)… 7 Comments
  • Weekend links

  • Such progress! Such awesome justice! Three years after he choked Eric Garner to death for no reason, officer Daniel Pantaleo might get a slap on the wrist.
  • “Terminal.” How airports got bad enough to drive us psycho.
  • Hillary thinks the real reason she lost was US. Contemplate that as she asks you to shell out $30 for her new book and a minimum of $89 for a book tour ticket. (Well it probably was “us” as in people of this blog; but she appears to mean “us” as in all the people who failed to see the True Glory of Her.)… 7 Comments
  • Oh, Equifax, you are just a laugh a minute.

    You may have heard that Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, let cyberintruders steal data on at least 143 million of their “customers.” (What’s the proper word for people who are in a company’s database whether they want to be or not? “Ccustomer” doesn’t quite describe it.) If you go the the PR site Equifax has set up in response, you’ll find this “news” bolded at the very top: No Evidence of Unauthorized Access to Core Consumer or Commercial Credit Reporting Databases But the moment you dip into the actual statement text you get: The information accessed primarily…

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