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By TreborScholz, Section Filter It Yourself!
Posted on Tue Apr 22nd, 2003 at 01:43:54 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
Today I received an e.mail that alarmed many of my friends. There it says that "four major credit bureaus in the US will be allowed, starting July 1, to release your credit info, mailing addresses, phone numbers, etc., to anyone who requests it." The author of the e.mail then asks us to call a number to voice our discontent. There are many more forms of productive discontent in relation to the invasion of privacy starting with the web initiative that points to the fact that Delta Airlines introduces intrusive background checks including credit checks for everybody boarding their planes in certain airports.


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This received the attention of and the the Washinton Post among others.
Written in April it says: "Delta Airlines Treats Americans like Terrorists. Starting later this month, Delta passengers will be asked a lot more than `window or aisle', or whether you want that `special meal'. Delta wants to know more: a lot more. As a pilot test of a new Orwellian airline `security' program, Delta will be running background checks on anyone who flies Delta from one of three as-yet undisclosed airports."
Apart from there is also, a joint project of The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Privacy International. I'm curious if there are other projects, online or off, facing up to this massive invasion of privacy? In Privacy Won't Help Us (Fight Surveillance) Felix Stalder and Jesse Hirsh argue that the main concern about privacy should be transparency: we should know what makes up our data body, who exactly has access to it and what are the repercussions for us if, for instance, the information is incorrect. Surely, as someone who flies frequently I am disturbed by all this. What about you?

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[new] The email was spam (Avg. Score: 3.00 / Raters: 1) (#3)
by Anonymous Stranger on Wed Apr 23rd, 2003 at 12:07:32 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME

the email you received was spam. check out the following link to the snopes page about it. in case you've never been there, snopes is one of the great sites on the web for checking the validity of spam, urban legends, widespread rumors, etc. they seem to do fairly solid research into the backgrounds and/or origins of spam emails, urban legends, etc. according to their site, that email has been going around since 2001, and there are no plans in congress to allow the credit bureaus to do this.

  • does it matter? by amy, 04/26/2003 12:38:15 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME (none / 0)
    • yes, it matters by scoop, 04/27/2003 01:56:43 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME (none / 0)
      • agreed, but by amyalexander, 04/27/2003 09:31:23 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME (3.00 / 1)
[new] EFF (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#2)
by amyalexander on Wed Apr 23rd, 2003 at 12:56:54 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Oh, just realized neither of us had mentioned the EFF... maybe another obvious one - maybe not. Well, here's a link to their analysis of the USA Patriot Act. And for their general archive of Privacy texts, check here. Of particular interest might be the Privacy for Sale faq, which tells you how to find out what info is floating around about you. However that document is 10 years old, so I'm not sure how useful the info in it is.

[new] other sources for privacy discussion (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#1)
by amyalexander on Tue Apr 22nd, 2003 at 10:26:26 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Apart from there is also, a joint project of The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Privacy International. I'm curious if there are other projects, online or off, facing up to this massive invasion of privacy?
Good question. I'm sure other Discordians will have other sources, but the tech culture communities tend to be very concerned with privacy issues, as they crop up all the time in dealing with technology, obviously. For an obvious (or maybe not) example: Slashdot has an ongoing topic on privacy. Kuro5hin also writes a lot on privacy (including having covered the airline story.)

As for transparency, while I agree that it's important and useful, in practice I've seen that be manipulated. For example, my credit card companies and health insurance company send me long arcane, lawyerese pamphlets "disclosing" their privacy policies. Transparency seems to me in current practice to be primarily a smokescreen for obfuscation....

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