Monday, November 16, 2009

BTC DIGEST: Real ID, FAST at Airports and Smart Grids

NOT SO F.A.S.T. , DHS!!!
New security system uses Wii technology and worries GOP

c/o The

Several Republican lawmakers are worried about the privacy issues of a screening technology being developed by the government that combines a video game balancing device with thermal, ocular, respiratory, and cardiac monitors.

The technology is being developed by the Homeland Security department (DHS) and if approved could be used to spot potentially threatening people at airports, sports games, and border crossing areas.

MORE: DHS security system uses Wii technology, raises privacy concerns

Smart Grid gets knocked by NIST Smart Grid Privacy Group

In October through our meeting discussions I expanded the possible smart grid privacy concerns list to 15. See my updated PDF, “Smart Grid Privacy Concerns: October 2009".

Smuggler's Gulch Border Fence imperils California estuary
c/o San Diego Border Observer

Over the next few months, contractors will finish building a 15-foot-high steel mesh fence along the spine of the new berm and another, smaller earthen bridge across Goat Canyon, just to the west. Dirt roads will run along either side, and in most places, the primary barrier will be reinforced with a 10-foot-high chain-link fence on the north side. The new fencing joins a decades-old corrugated metal vehicle barrier a few hundred yards to the south; together, the three fences will create a three-tiered barrier between the United States and Mexico.

Real ID moves from D.O.A, to life support with $60 mil,
to simply being "in deep trouble"


Fusion centers still a massive concern for privacy advocates and bureaucrats

A major concern is the requirement to link all state driver's license databases via a central hub for data sharing.

States, too, have railed against Real ID as an unfunded federal mandate, and most have refused to participate. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was one of the first state officials to reject Real ID when she was the governor of Arizona -- and that makes it hard for her to push it on other states now.

"For all intents and purposes, Real ID has been put on the back burner," said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum. "But it isn't dead yet."

BTC - Downsize DC made tremendous gains for campaign acceptance by expanding their intent to repeal Real ID in Pennsylvania.

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