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Dot & Bo Take Commercial Surveillance to New Low

When you visit the website of furniture and tchotchke seller Dot & Bo, this is what you see. At first glance, the Dot and Bo “splash” screen doesn’t look unusual — many websites that try to sell you something would like to have your Facebook account information and e-mail address, all the better to […]

Oh, Bugger

Having an email address that begins “jcook@…” means I get a lot of misdirected e-mail meant to be sent to Jerry Cook, Jane Cook, Joseph Cook, Junior Cook, J. Whitney Bowles Pierpont Morgan Vanderbilt Cook, and all the other JCooks out there in the world. There are a lot of them.

This morning I received […]

As another Sharron Angle Group Pays NewsMax, NewsMax Writes More Puff

A few minutes ago, I wrote to share some interesting information about the relationship between groups promoting Sharron Angle and NewsMax. The day after receiving a $20,000 payment on October 16 from Senate Conservatives Fund for information used to aid Sharron Angle’s campaign, NewsMax published an article describing the Nevada Senate candidate in glowing terms. […]

Fact Check: Does Barack Obama Have Over 80 Aliases?

A new e-mail allegation is making the rounds, making the case that there is no actual Barack Obama. Rather, the missive insinuates, President Obama is a “Manchurian Candidate thing,” a person who has been selected by unseen conspirators to assume the false identity of Barack Obama and run for President in order to do the […]

Judge Rules Your E-Mail is Not Private, Government Can Read It Without Telling You

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and […]

Google's Gmail Notifier Excludes Google's Internet Browser

Well, isn’t that just the darndest thing. A program written by google called the Gmail Notifier puts an application on your computer’s desktop and tells you when a fresh piece of e-mail has arrived in your Gmail account. If you click to “Open Inbox,” an internet browser launches the full gmail application, and you can […]

Secret Service Issues Restrictions for 2009 Inauguration and Inaugural Parade

The U.S. Secret Service, now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has issued its guidelines containing restrictions for people who plan to attend the January 20, 2009 Inauguration of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States and for those who wish to watch or protest at the subsequent Inaugural Parade […]

Violations of e-mail privacy, small and large

While John McCain’s campaign manager huffs and puffs over the fact that someone out there figured out Sarah Palin’s Yahoo password and read her e-mails, calling the affair a “shocking violation of the Governor’s privacy,” he remains mum on the new powers granted the Bush administration to break into the private correspondence of millions of […]

Sarah Palin E-mail Hacking Episode: Private or Public?

When news emerged yesterday that Sarah Palin’s Yahoo mail account had been broken into, John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis characterized it this way:

This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession […]