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Online Privacy: Technical, Political, or Both?
When it comes to encryption, there's solidarity in numbers
News Story  March 28, 2014, by Mac McCann
"...During his live-streamed appearance at SXSW Interactive ("Snowden Defends Fourth Amendment," March 10), exiled cyber-security whistle-blower Edward Snowden urged "makers and thinkers and the development community" to "protect [privacy and security] through technical standards" that can outrun the much needed, but slower, policy changes. Along with ACLU technologist Chris Soghoian, Snowden emphasized the importance of making "end-to-end encryption" available and user-friendly for those who aren't experts, arguing that protection should be common and by default, without requiring "opting-in" or technical expertise...."

Prop. 1 and the Nuances of Privacy
Postmarks  April 26, 2006
"...Dear Editor, As a privacy advocate, I would like to correct a basic mistake made in the discussion about Prop 1. At the special meeting to redraft council's previous (and illegal) ballot language, city attorneys boldly stated that "corporations have privacy rights" when trying to continue to justify labeling the OGO "privacy invasive" after the judge made clear that all state and federal privacy protection law will still apply..."

ARIC and Privacy
'Unconstitutional on its face'
News Story  August 28, 2014, by John Anderson
"...The CTN lists contradict another ARIC claim: During the last ARIC Privacy Policy Advisory Committee meeting, in December of 2013, ARIC Operations Supervisor Sgt. James Boujemaa stated that "we don't keep lists of people." Privacy policy oversight..."

SXSW Panel: You Are Not Anonymous: The Myth of Online Privacy
The moving hand clicks, and its activity is tracked and sold everywhere
DAILY SXSW  March 13, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...At least, they were wrong in most cases, suggests Liz Kintzele of Golden Frog, a business that makes its money selling (you guessed it) internet security and privacy. And the reason most VPNs are not to be trusted is that, even if they’re not evil or let’s say merely criminal themselves, they’ll outsource the accommodation (the streaming, the storage) of your data to the servers of third-party cloud companies – which may not be held to the same standards (or guarantees) as the company selling you membership in the VPN..."

Greenwald on Politics, Privacy, Journalism
Reporter/editor says bigger Snowden revelations to come
DAILY News  March 10, 2014, by Michael King
"...In his conversation with Sifry, Greenwald laughed at being used as an example by Snowden (earlier in the day) of “journalistic incompetence” at understanding the technical side of privacy issues. (Snowden had said privacy methods must pass “the Greenwald Test” of being easy to use.) But he added that he had initially resisted all the security practices Snowden had recommended, considering them too time-consuming and difficult..."

The Vortex's Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale
Ancient myth meets modern surveillance memorably in this devised work at the Vortex
Arts Review  June 9, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...As I quickly scanned the release form I was asked to sign before taking my seat at the Vortex, I became keenly aware of the point immediately made by Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale. Like so many iOS updates' "terms and conditions," I cared more about my own instant gratification than paying attention to what I was signing – such is the world in which we live..."

Privacy and Politics in HD-17
GOP mailer hands out Dem candidate's social security number
DAILY News  October 29, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...No one expected that the fight between Republican candidate Tim Kleinschmidt and Democrat Donnie Dippel in the vacant House District 17 seat was always going to be rough. But now there's a GOP mailer out there that (hopefully by accident) violates Dippel's privacy by reprinting his social security number...."

Loud Music Invades Privacy
Postmarks  November 29, 2007
"...Your right to blast your music ends where my ears begin – just as your right to swing your arm ends where my nose begins. No one would question that you should not have any right to dump filthy garbage on another person's front lawn, and yet you defend the right to do precisely the same with noise pollution – that is, to have it dumped right in front of the unwanted listener's ears. As you say, you "sympathize with those complaining – but not much." That is all too obvious, and it betrays both a discouraging insensitivity to those who differ from you and an all-too-ready willingness to invade their privacy for your own enjoyment...."

Lost in Privacy Policy
FEMA regulations actually hinder Katrina victims from contacting loved ones
News Story  October 28, 2005, by Cheryl Smith
"...What is certain, however, is that you won't find many of them in the plethora of missing-person search services on the Web. That's because the financial aid databases of the Red Cross and FEMA, the two organizations that have the best idea of who the informal evacuees are and the general vicinity in which they could be staying, are sealed to the public, thanks to strict, blanket privacy laws and policies...."

Securus Leak Reveals Privacy Breach
Documents show Securus committed more than 14,000 violations of attorney-client privilege nationwide
News Story  November 19, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger


Watching the Watchmen
A crash course in privacy, in case you've been (not unreasonably) living under a rock
Screens Story  February 28, 2014, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...Perhaps counterintuitively, privacy is an inherently social concept. What are people willing to expose, to whom, and at what scale? Activist efforts and government responses will doubtless have some impact on government and commercial uses of data, but there's a bigger question of what futurist Jamais Cascio referred to as "the participatory panopticon." A panopticon is a space arranged so that everything is visible from a single point..."

The Common Law
E-Mail Privacy–Can My Boss Read My Emails?
Columns  May 19, 2006, by Brandy Wingate and Luke Ellis
"...Does an employee have a right of privacy in e-mails sent over an employer's e-mail system?..."

The Common Law
E-mail privacy: Can my boss read my e-mails?
Columns  May 12, 2006, by Brandy Wingate and Luke Ellis
"...Does an employee have a right of privacy in e-mails sent over an employer's e-mail system?..."

Texas Bathroom Bill Battle Officially Begins
Sen. Kolkhorst has filed the Texas Privacy Act
DAILY News  January 5, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Dan Patrick has his bathroom bill. Senate Bill 6, labeled the “Texas Privacy Act,” was filed Thursday, Jan..."

SXSW: Freedom of Your Information
If everyone cares about privacy, why do we give it away?
DAILY SXSW  March 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...In the afterglow of the Edward Snowden talk at SXSW, the interactive world may be bullish about the future of privacy. And then they'll use free services that data mine their communications to talk about it..."

Lege Lines: Bathroom Bill Steals Spotlight
"Texas Privacy Act" isn't about privacy – it's about transphobia
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...11, while laying out standard House administrative rules, an otherwise uncontroversial debate, Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, tacked on a loaded amendment that would require those visiting the Capitol to use restrooms that align only with their "biological sex," on the grounds of supposed privacy..."

The Common Law
Privacy rights and selling photos
Columns  August 4, 2006
"...What I think you are really asking, however, is whether you can sell the photo without offending the famous person's right to privacy. Every day we hear another story about a Hollywood starlet angry over a paparazzo's new and outrageous methods for obtaining (and selling) photographs..."

Help Desk
A drunken violation of digital privacy and how to minimize the damage
Screens Column  March 26, 2015, by Michael Agresta
"...This isn't just a mistake, UHOH, it's a gross violation of your ex's privacy, and in many states it's a crime. Though Texas has not yet passed a law outlawing "revenge porn" and unauthorized nudes, we already have precedent for hefty damages in civil court..."

Point Austin: Firefighters in Action
Snowden and allies on the tech side of human rights and personal privacy
News Column  March 14, 2014, by Michael King
"...All four speakers were very obviously relevant to the Interactive Festival, and accepting the opportunity, they each addressed the particular interests and expertise of their tech-savvy audiences. The NSA "is setting fire to the future of the Internet," said Snowden, and he was asking "the firefighters" – the tech workers who best understand the tools to protect privacy – to work with users and companies to improve such tools, especially "end-to-end encryption." Snowden added that encryption has prevented the NSA, to this day, from knowing precisely which materials he made available to journalists, and Greenwald recommended later that more of us use encryption, to protect our privacy, to discourage mass surveillance, and to prevent the government from seeing encryption in itself as suspicious. Act for Freedom..."

The Front Runner
Jason Reitman revisits a long-ago time when a sex scandal could ruin a candidate's shot at the presidency
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Film Review  November 21, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The Front Runner spends too much time involved in the glare of the situation rather than examining its intricacies or characters. Like many of Reitman’s films, particularly Men, Women & Children, The Front Runner is interested in the subject of privacy as mitigated by the TMI era..."

The Circle
An absurd cautionary tale on technology
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Film Review  May 5, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...Based on the 2013 novel by Generation X-er Dave Eggers (best known for his 2000 autobiographical debut, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), the movie features Watson as Mae Holland, an ambitious but none-too-bright twentysomething (she takes moonlight kayak rides in the East Bay) who quickly rises up in the ranks of the titular high-tech company co-founded by Eamon Bailey (Hanks), a zillionaire visionary who communicates his down-to-earth accessibility by wearing tennis shoes and carrying a coffee cup everywhere he goes. Eradicating the boundaries of personal privacy in the guise of social justice, public accountability, and other warm-and-fuzzy buzzwords, the Circle turns out to be a nefarious organization seemingly intent on world domination, brainwashing its employees to drink the corporate Kool-Aid like members of a cyber-cult..."

Planned Parenthood Records Raided
Health provider vows to maintain patient privacy amid government crackdown
News Story  November 5, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...While PP succeeded in extending the deadline until Nov. 11 and the state later rescinded their request for detailed employee information, this latest assault still raises questions of patient privacy..."

Open Windows
Elijah Wood is the star of Nacho Vigalondo's nervy thriller about digital voyeurism.
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Film Review  November 7, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Open Windows has plenty to say about both the death of privacy and the dominion of the always-connected digiverse we now inhabit, and editor Bernat Vilaplana does a remarkable job of keeping the film’s frenetic pace rushing headlong toward an ending that you’ll never see coming. Vigalondo’s stylistic flourishes aside, that’s what makes Open Windows – ahem – watchable: It’s a nervy story audaciously rendered...."

Invaluable Information
Technology, privacy, hacking, and legislating in the new Digital Age
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...This brings to mind the raid on Austin's Steve Jackson Games on March 1, 1990, in which an ambitious prosecutor working with the Secret Service entered the business and confiscated computers, violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in the process. Jackson was the wrong guy to raid: He sued the Secret Service and won..."

Is Ron Paul A Domestic Terrorist?
One fusion center apparently thinks so
DAILY News  September 12, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...At best, so-called "fusion centers," law enforcement intelligence gathering operations, can enhance public safety. At worst, they pose a threat to privacy, religious freedom and free speech – and in some places that's exactly what's happening, according to a new report released this week...."

The Common Law
Privacy of the tenant
Columns  September 17, 2004, by Luke Ellis
"...It depends on your lease, in part because Texas (unlike the majority of other states) does not have a specific statute that protects tenants from inappropriate invasions of privacy...."

Gods and Monsters
The final days of the man behind Hollywood's Frankenstein
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Film Review  January 1, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Condon's film also shows great sensitivity to the characters and events depicted here; it never tramples on the privacy and dignity of the subject in question while using the film's speculative structure as a source of biographical illumination -- what it lacks in historical fact it makes up for with emotional realism. So much of the credit must be laid at the feet of Ian McKellen, whose portrait of Whale is a study in acting excellence..."

Enemy of the State
Love him or hate him, Tony Scott only steals from the best. Enemy of the State is littered with echoes of previous thrillers -- everything from The Conversation to The...
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Film Review  November 20, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Enemy of the State is littered with echoes of previous thrillers -- everything from The Conversation to The Parallax View and from The In-Laws to Scott's own True Romance. Instead of coming off as shameless plundering, however, Scott, debuting director of photography Dan Mindel, and writer David Marconi (The Harvest) have woven a kicky, knockout thriller that ingeniously taps into the current climate of paranoia surrounding personal privacy in the Information Age..."

The Game
Shadows, fluorescent lighting, and David Fincher. The unholy trio. Fincher's first outing since the wildly popular Seven has echoes of everything from the cult TV show The Prisoner to various...
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Film Review  September 12, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...After undergoing rigorous psychiatric and physical testing, Van Orton nonetheless agrees, and the game, so to speak, is afoot. Van Orton soon finds his privacy intruded upon, his house broken into, his life repeatedly threatened, and his world literally turned upside down, and the hell of it all is that it looks as though he's being taken for a very dangerous ride..."

Harriet the Spy
Harriet the Spy is a clever movie that mixes a Sixties pop spy tempo and decidedly retro film speed manipulation with updated cultural and ideological icons and an aggressively Nineties...
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Film Review  July 12, 1996, by Hollis Chacona
"...It's about friends and unkindness and making amends. It's about privacy and perception and human differences..."

City Hall Hustle: Confusion Center
The devil's in the details of collecting intelligence
News Column  May 21, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...Call it a measured victory or call it acceptance, but it's telling that civil libertarians' latest complaint about the Austin Regional Intelligence Center – a Central Texas addition to the country's cache of fusion centers designed to track (and possibly predict) crime and terrorism – revolves around privacy issues rather than the merits of the center...."

Letters at 3AM
The Bush-Ashcroft Justice Department is invading our privates
Columns  March 19, 2004, by Michael Ventura
"...It's a doozy. And it threatens not only the privacy but also, in a quite direct way, the privates of the citizens of these United States...."

Generation Overshare
What happens when the line blurs between our online and offline lives?
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...We are as quick and relevant as our streams of consciousness (and Twitter) allow. Today, transparency trumps privacy, because, honestly, who wants to keep it all bottled up at a time like this? Share enough, and maybe somebody will care enough...."

The Perils of Big Data
The up- and downsides of student information collection
News Story  March 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Within two years, inBloom was gone. Parents, educators, and privacy experts had raised so many red flags about a private entity holding that much student information that it closed its doors..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 28, 2006
"...Ricky BirdThe Nuances of PrivacyDear Editor,..."

This Congressman Wants SXSW to Cancel Its Snowden Talk
Kansas' Mike Pompeo's full letter
DAILY SXSW  March 8, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) has put all his doubts in a formal – on House of Representatives letterhead, no less – letter to the organizers of the Interactive Conference. In short, he suggests the Conference could have found a better authority on matters of privacy and surveillance than "a man [who] was hired as a systems administrator and whose only apparent qualification is his willingness to steal from his own government and then flee to that beacon of First Amendment freedoms, the Russia of Vladimir Putin."..."

SXSW Interactive Bytes
Is Privacy Dead or Just Very Confused? panel recap
Screens Story  March 20, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Is Privacy Dead or Just Very Confused?Saturday, March 14, 10-11am, Room A..."

Lighting a Fuse
Critics see Big Brother in proposed data-sharing center
News Story  August 14, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Do you have to be a bong-smoking, V for Vendetta-viewing Ron Paulite to think "fusion centers" are a bad idea? That was the unspoken question before City Council last week, as it took the first step in creating an Austin Regional Intelligence Center, a Central Texas fusion center that would facilitate intelligence sharing between Austin's public safety responders, sheriffs' offices in surrounding counties, and Pflugerville and San Marcos police. And though the discussion last week veered toward spectacle – how often do masked men address the council? – civil libertarians and privacy advocates are raising troubling questions and past examples of abuse...."

The Hightower Report
Big Cendant is watching you; and honcho H. Lee Scott Jr.'s tantrum wins recognition
News Column  April 22, 2005, by Jim Hightower
"...HOMELAND SECURITY'S PRIVACY PANEL Great news, folks – the humongous Department of Homeland Security, which collects, stores, and routinely pokes through mountains of personal data on practically every one of us U.S. citizens, has appointed a public board to consider how best to protect our privacy rights...."

Snowden Defends Fourth Amendment
'Would I do it again? The answer is yes.'
DAILY News  March 10, 2014, by Michael King
"...In a discussion that was somewhat more technical in detail than perhaps anticipated, Snowden was joined by his ACLU attorney Ben Wizner and ACLU technologist Chris Soghoian. The conversation bounced back and forth from policy implications – focusing on protecting the privacy of ordinary citizens from mass government surveillance – to technical matters, particularly what tools might be made available to make users' data less easily available to government snooping...."

The Hightower Report
Bush appointee fights hard … for corporations; and Big Digital Brother Is Watching You
News Column  June 6, 2003, by Jim Hightower
"...Invasion of the Privacy Snatchers..."

Naked City
John Cornyn says he believes in privacy, but a subpoena of Texans for Public Justice seeking donor records suggests otherwise.
News Story  September 29, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...John Cornyn is for privacy. At least, sometimes...."

The Luv Doc: A Hard “No”
It's not uncommon to have awkward, shitty dates
Columns  January 25, 2018, by The Luv Doc
"...I am going to go with valuable addition. There is value in an open, public discussion about what constitutes sexual consent, and I think the blowback on this article has as much to do with varying definitions of consent as it does with what seems to be an obvious violation of Ansari's privacy...."

Bathroom Bill Flushed to Senate
Despite 21 hours of testimony, SB 6 goes to chamber floor
DAILY News  March 8, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...“I thought I’d at least have privacy in there, but they shouldn’t have been there. It didn’t feel right.”..."

Point Austin: Hanging Up on AT&T
My boss is suing the phone company – bully for him
News Column  June 2, 2006, by Michael King
"...A couple of weeks ago each of them became named plaintiffs in separate class-action lawsuits filed against the giant phone company. In the Texas lawsuit, Black, the Chronicle, Texas Civil Rights Project director James Harrington, local attorney Richard Grigg, and local financial adviser Michael Kentor brought suit ("on their behalf and on behalf of all others similarly situated") to stop telecommunications giant AT&T from providing detailed phone records to the NSA – "to enjoin this activity, recover damages, and hold AT&T accountable for its violations of federal and state law." The Illinois lawsuit, filed a few days later by the state ACLU, includes doctors, clerics, and elected officials as well as attorneys and reporters, and is argued in much the same terms – that the NSA program reportedly analyzing data from millions of domestic phone calls, and the AT&T cooperation with that program, violates both federal and state laws intended to protect the privacy of U.S..."

Naked City
The AG says the federal law doesn't make public info private
News Story  February 20, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...In a Feb. 13 opinion, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote that a federal law intended, in part, to ensure the privacy of individual medical information doesn't necessarily pre-empt the state's Public Information Act..."

I Pee With LGBT
Richard Linklater debuts ad denouncing the Texas bathroom bill
DAILY Qmmunity  February 22, 2017, by Courtney Naquin
"...The commercial, Taking a Seat, Making a Stand, directly targets Senate Bill 6, also called the Texas Privacy Act. If passed, SB 6 would require all of Texas’ public buildings, public companies, and public schools to prevent transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that coincide with their gender identity...."

Abortion Providers Sue to Block Fetal Burial Rule
Whole Wom­an’s Health v. Hellerstedt, part 2
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...The 19-page filing indicates providers believe the fetal burial regulation violates privacy, equal protection, due process, and interstate commerce rights. The rule – quietly slipped into the Texas Register just days after SCOTUS rejected HB 2 – amounts to a "replacement" for HB 2, CRR writes..."

Abortion Providers Sue to Block Texas Fetal Burial Rule
CRR: Unconstitutional rule imposes cost burden, abortion stigma
DAILY News  December 12, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Update: In their 19-page legal filing, providers claim the fetal burial regulation is in violation of privacy, equal protection, due process, and interstate commerce. The rule – quietly slipped into the Texas Register just days after SCOTUS slammed down HB 2 – amounts to a “replacement” for HB 2 and is a direct response to the Supreme Court victory (and the state's loss), CRR writes...."

Jason Bourne
The former CIA op resurfaces in a new era of electronic surveillance
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Film Review  July 29, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Jason Bourne ends inconclusively, and leaves plenty of wiggle room for future escapades. In this post-Wikileaks/post-NSA-privacy-disclosures era, stories about the various black ops conducted by the CIA and executed by Bourne and others seem more relevant than ever..."

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