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 19, 2003
Have you been to your doctor lately? Mine has asked me to read and sign a multi-page form detailing the privacy surrounding my medical records. It's presented to make it appear that our privacy is increasing, but a close read says that private medical information may now be released to law enforcement if it might help locate suspects and solve crimes. It used to be that the police needed a court order to look at your medical records. This is less privacy than before, not more. Can you spell "police state"?
June 22, 1999 |
Privacy advocates are opposing Internet advertising firm DoubleClick Inc.'s proposed acquisition of consumer data collector Abacus Direct Corp., arguing that the merger would collect far too much personal information about consumers. The nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center and the privacy-oriented Web site Junkbusters said they are likely to ask regulators to block the deal if the companies proceed with the deal.
February 27, 2001 |
In a victory for the health care industry, the Bush administration will at least temporarily delay sweeping new regulations proposed by former President Bill Clinton aimed at protecting the privacy of patients, officials said. One of Clinton's final directives before leaving office, the privacy rules were due to take effect Monday, with the goal of giving patients greater control over their medical records.
May 12, 2013 |
Three Cleveland women rescued after they were abducted and held captive for about a decade thanked the public Sunday and asked for privacy. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight issued statements that were read by a lawyer. "Thank you so much for everything you're doing and continue to do," Berry said. "I am so happy to be home with my family. " "I'm so happy to be home and want to thank everybody for all your prayers," Gina DeJesus said. "I just want time now to be with my family.
August 15, 2013 |
Since February, CVS Caremark has been pushing its pharmacists to enroll customers in a prescription-drug rewards program. The benefit to customers is the opportunity to earn up to $50 a year in store credits that can be used to buy shampoo, toothpaste or other products. The benefit to CVS is persuading pharmacy customers, through questionable means, to give up federal privacy safeguards for their medical information and permitting the company to share people's drug purchases with others.
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
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.