February 13, 2014 |
Finally, instead of TMZ, is America saying TMI? Too much information about a celebrity? The NBC news accounts of Philip Seymour Hoffman's “secret diaries” - two volumes found in his apartment - are getting some surprising pushback. The Times' story on the NBC exclusive cites Twitter comments about the diaries - not their contents but NBC's revealing them - as “pretty tacky that anon police are offering news orgs Philip Seymour Hoffman's diary.” And so on: “simply nauseatingly intrusive” and “just despicable.” The Times' story itself attracted a comment in the same vein: “This is a ridiculous invasion of privacy ... he did not shoot up a school, murder his wife ... he killed himself, why do they need to know what's in his diary?
March 2, 2014 |
There is a sense of despair when it comes to privacy in the digital age. Many of us assume that so much of our electronic information is now compromised, whether by corporations or government agencies, that there is little that can be done about it. Sometimes we try to rationalize this by telling ourselves that privacy may no longer matter so much. After all, an upstanding citizen should have nothing to fear from surveillance. In "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," author Julia Angwin seeks to challenge that defeatism.
May 16, 2007 |
The lone Democrat on a White House privacy board has abruptly resigned, citing disagreements with the Bush administration over the board's role in protecting civil liberties. Lanny J. Davis, a Washington lawyer and former Clinton White House counsel, said this week he no longer believed the five-member board was sufficiently independent to provide oversight of government surveillance. Leaders of the Sept.
February 3, 2008 |
President Nicolas Sarkozy married former model Carla Bruni at Elysee Palace, tying the knot less than three months after they reportedly first met. The couple said in a statement that they were married "in the presence of their families in the strictest privacy." Sarkozy, 53, told reporters in January that his relationship with the Italian-born heiress, 40, was serious but refused to reveal a wedding date. Sarkozy's approval ratings dropped during their courtship. Analysts said more traditional voters were put off by his jet-setting style.
May 3, 2002
Re "AIDS Scare at Tiny College Shakes Town," April 30: Privacy laws prevented health officials from informing anyone of Nikko Briteramos' infection. Probably the same laws that enabled the partner who infected him. It's time our nation realizes that AIDS has never been a gay or race issue and takes action to prevent the unnecessary death sentences inflicted on these young adults. I hurt for the individuals, the families and friends of all infected, because it shouldn't have happened at all. Douglas O. McGoon III Claremont
May 8, 2011
Apple introduced its Macintosh computer in 1984 with a now-famous Super Bowl commercial that showed a lone rebel striking out against Big Brother. So it was ironic that researchers recently accused the company of an Orwellian intrusion into consumer privacy: Its iPhones and iPads appeared to be tracking their users' movements. Apple eventually offered a rebuttal, and it hustled out a software update to address the concerns. Nevertheless, the episode helped strengthen the push in Congress for some basic consumer privacy protections.
December 9, 1997 |
A group of leading technology manufacturers unveiled a voluntary code of conduct to protect the privacy of people who visit their Web sites. The Information Technology Industry Council said the list of eight principles was a response to President Clinton's call for the industry to protect privacy through self-regulation. The principles are also intended to give consumers "confidence and trust" that privacy rights will be respected when they engage in electronic commerce, he said.
November 27, 1998 |
Two years ago, the Republican Congress quietly passed a law mandating that states use Social Security numbers on driver's licenses, hoping to make it harder for illegal immigrants to get jobs. Before the election, another Republican Congress froze funding to carry out that law--a step toward creating a national identification card, critics said--blaming the Clinton administration for trampling on personal privacy even though Republicans had introduced the legislation.
November 1, 2007 |
A panel on Internet names voted to conduct further studies on the databases containing names, phone numbers and other private information on domain-name owners, deferring questions over whether such details should remain public. The committee of the Marina del Rey-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, also rejected a proposal to give Internet users the ability to list third-party contacts rather than their own data in the open, searchable databases called Whois.
October 14, 2008
Re "U.S. said to have spied on families, Red Cross," Oct. 10 After years of President Bush defending his right to eavesdrop on overseas "terrorist" calls to Americans, we learn that that evidently included calls from the very people we sent to the Middle East to protect us -- many who died to protect our right to privacy. Pillow-talk calls between soldier husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends were being passed among analysts for their amusement. Many of these analysts are fresh out of high school and evidently not well trained.