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
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?
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.
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May 15, 2010 |
Three weeks after his 18-year-old daughter sped away in his Porsche and swerved to her death in Lake Forest, Christos Catsouras understood why he had not been allowed to see her body. Photographs of the Halloween 2006 crash, taken and leaked by the California Highway Patrol, were proliferating on the Internet. The crash had left his daughter unrecognizable. Catsouras said he found 35 websites — and soon hundreds more — that showcased the macabre photographs, some with headlines that mocked his daughter.
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.
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.