Monday, July 28, 2014

No doubt this will come to the US. What happens when I tell them I don't own a smartphone?
UK police to demand phones are handed over after traffic accidents
Drivers in the UK could be asked to hand over their mobile phones by police in the event of a car accident, no matter how minor, and whether any injuries are sustained. The change in directive is designed to cut down on the amount of fatal or serious accidents caused by drivers using their phones, which stands at around 500 per year in the country.
Police officers will check phones to look for evidence a call was in progress at the time of the accident, or if a message or social networking update was being sent. If any evidence is discovered, the device could be seized and used in any future prosecution. This is a small but important change to the existing law, which currently allows officers to check mobile devices only in serious accidents.

(Related) We knew this was happening, didn't we? “We know when dad drove mom to the hospital for your birth. We'll know when the funeral home drives you to the cemetery. And well keep that valuable information forever!”
Steve Orr reports:
In a crime-fighting tactic that sets civil libertarians’ teeth on edge, police in Monroe County and other urban counties across New York state are collecting and archiving tens of millions of records that track vehicle movement.
The records are stored in a series of loosely connected secure computer servers, accessible directly or indirectly by police from one end of New York to the other and by federal Homeland Security officials.
Each of the records, which are gathered by license plate cameras mounted on police cars or at fixed locations, includes a photograph and the time and place that a particular vehicle was imaged. Strung together, the records can paint a picture of where a person has traveled — whether to the scene of a crime, a doctor’s office or to church.
Read more on WGRZ.

This makes me think that perhaps Snowden has convinced Russia that we can break TOR. I wonder what else he has told them we can do that might be even more expensive for them to try and match? Now all we need to do is pretend Snowden was a plant from the start...
Russia Wants To Unmask Tor Users
The Russian Government is offering 3.9 million roubles ($111,000) to anyone who can successfully unmask users of The Onion Router (Tor). The offer of a lucrative contract comes from the Russian Interior Ministry, suggesting the aim is to aid criminal investigations into people using Tor to hide illegal activities.
This offer comes just a week after researchers from Carnegie Mellon University were prevented from revealing a weakness in Tor which could have been used to de-anonymize hundreds of thousands of users. If you aren’t yet aware of what Tor is then you should read our primer on The Onion Router and our beginner’s guide to navigating the deep Web.

How far will the EU go to micro-manage Google? Will they bother to learn how the Internet and search engines work before trying to regulate them?
26 Questions EU Regulators Want Google to Answer – WSJ
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 27, 2014 “European Union privacy watchdogs grilled Google Inc. and other search engines for two hours on Thursday on how they are implementing the bloc’s new “right to be forgotten” online–and then gave them homework to do by next week, too. The main body that joins together the EU’s national data-protection regulators called the Brussels meeting with Google, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. amid rising discontent from some regulators over elements of Google’s application of the surprise May court decision that gives Europeans the right to ask for the removal of links from search results for their names in some cases. Regulators touched on some hot-button issues in six oral questions and another 26 written ones, with answers due by next Thursday. They asked Google to describe the “legal basis” of its decision to notify publishers when it approves right-to-be-forgotten requests, something that has led to requesters’ being publicly identified in some cases. They also asked search engines to explain where they take down the results, after complaints from some regulators that Google does not filter results on That means that anyone in Europe can switch from, say, to to see any removed links. In response to another question, Google told regulators Thursday that it has been removing just over 50% of the items that people have asked to be unlinked from searches for their names, while rejecting just over 30% of requests, and asking for more information on 15%.”

Perhaps my students who read would use this in their book club?
New on LLRX – Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 27, 2014
Young people are heavy users of cell phones, but most do not know they can read library e-books for free on their phones. In this cutting-edge essay, David Rothman tells how libraries could use “cell phone book clubs” to reach out both to young cell phone users and their families, including low-income people and members of racial and ethnic minorities. The clubs would not only foster literacy, but also leverage technology and strengthen the connections between families and communities.

Something for my students.
– if you are a freelancer, you will know how difficult it is to find continual work. So you would probably find LanceList a useful resource to bookmark. LanceList is a curated collection of websites in different fields that generally use freelance workers, such as software creation, programming, writers, engineers, marketing, and much more.

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