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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Legal Affairs

Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”

Interesting article at http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/23/privacy-human-rights-frontier/. One interesting quote: “Fighting terrorism is actually fought better by understanding that targeted information is a far better thing, rather than this mass surveillance approach,” argued [Claude] Moraes. “People in Germany who understand what happens when you have unfettered mass surveillance, where information is then out there being used for negative purposes, understand where that can lead. But if you have targeted information… then we are in […]

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Critical NSA Reform Bill Fails in the Senate

Senate lawmakers working to reform NSA surveillance were struck a fatal blow tonight when a critical bill that would have curbed some of the spy agency’s controversial activity failed to obtain enough votes. The bill would have put an end to the government’s controversial bulk collection of phone records from U.S. telecoms In one of their last acts before the year sunsets, pro-reform Senators attempted to advance the USA FREEDOM […]

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Wyoming Legislative Committee Endorses Proposed Privacy Amendment

A state legislative committee voted Friday to recommend changing the Wyoming Constitution to specify that individuals have a right to privacy. Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, is chairman of a digital privacy task force that recommended the change. He told members of the Joint Corporations, Elections and Politics Subdivisions Interim Committee in Cheyenne that it’s necessary to establish the state respects personal privacy as more information becomes computerized.

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Privacy Group Wins Court Ruling Against FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology

A federal judge has ruled that the FBI’s futuristic facial-recognition database is deserving of scrutiny from open-government advocates because of the size and scope of the surveillance technology. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the bureau’s Next Generation Identification program represents a “significant public interest” due to concerns regarding its potential impact on privacy rights and should be subject to rigorous transparency oversight. Details may be found in an article […]

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