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News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of Congress' failed attempt to pass a cybersecurity bill this summer, the White House has been working on an executive order to fill the gap. The order is aimed at protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from harm. It might not be enough, however. Democrats in Congress continue to try to drum up support for some...
Blog Post
6/7/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
If you fly you've probably encountered the Transportation Security Administration's highly intrusive and probably ineffective backscatter body scanners. Some security experts describe the technology that produces detailed, three-dimensional images of you as the equivalent of "a physically invasive strip-search." Privacy...
News Story
12/16/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 14 to cancel a move that would have put the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other criminal justice personnel on Google’s cloud-based email system. While the city’s other employees will stay on Google’s Gmail, city officials believe that the security requirements...
News Release
12/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Los Angeles officials to demand Google remove a deceptive video featuring Los Angeles City employees from a website marketing the Internet giant’s Google Apps for Government “cloud computing” service. The call for action came in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...
Blog Post
8/9/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
One of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops and the like is that anybody else on the network can read your email, Facebook postings, search requests and easily hack into your account unless the data is encrypted. The most common is SSL encryption using the HTTPS protocol.  If you use it, transmissions between your...