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British cops arrest people just to add them to the DNA database, claims inquiry

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It’s too late to write anything so I’ll just link-dump. Disturbing. Britain’s cops have the largest DNA database in the world, and it’s full of innocent people who were arrested but not charged, or charged but not convicted (the EU’s Court of Human Rights have ordered this practice to stop, but the cops refuse to […]

Man arrested for NOT tweeting?

Man arrested for NOT tweeting?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

I don’t know if it’s Rick (the author) or the graphic designer who’s the one that can’t tell their right from their left, but it is an interesting article all the same. Some record exec refused to calm an unruly crowd of tweens via twitter and was arrested. Kind of Seinfeld–esc if you ask me. […]

When a DNA testing lab folds, what happens to your data?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Wired had an excellent article on deCODE Genetics, which has filed for bankruptcy and will likely be bought up by another company. The concern is that the purchasing company, driven not by passion for the industry but by profits alone, will opt to sell customer data. It reminded me of the old biometric iris scanner […]

The soon to be classic “It’s in my nature” defense

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

An appeal court judge in Trieste, Italy reduced the prison sentence of a murderer who was able to show he has genetic mutations linked to violence. WTF? To me, it makes sense to do the opposite and just put the bastard to death right then and there. If you as a murderer are coming to […]

DNA based biometric screening makes its “horrifying” début

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Technologies designed to quickly test a persons race for the purpose of allowing political asylum have been developed and are currently being used by the UK Border Agency. Science has obtained Border Agency documents showing that isotope analyses of hair and nail samples will also be conducted “to help identify a person’s true country of […]

A multifaceted approach to identity checking

A multifaceted approach to identity checking

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

If you want to see the forefront of public surveillance and identification technologies, look no further than London. For the last 10 years, the UK has been the leader at deploying these new technologies in order to monitor and account for its citizenry. However this latest program is hoped to be a trial run and […]

An examination of California bill banning forced RFID implantation

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

This is very old news, but people keep asking me about it (CA SB362), so here goes: quote source: http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/139441?utm_source=newsletter California Senate Bill 362, which would prohibit any person from forcing any other person to undergo an implant in their body of a radio frequency identification (RFID) device, passed the Senate Floor on a 28-9 […]

The governator passes anti-skimming RFID law & veto’s student RFID consent law

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

…when it comes to children, that’s where consent gets complicated…

What IS summer? RIBS is, apparently.

What IS summer? RIBS is, apparently.

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Man, I love nothing more than to come across effed up signs. Some make me angry as I spout off about how tolerant of mediocrity this country is becoming… but some make me just straight up laugh, like this one: Other signs down right scare me. I cross the Canadian border occasionally and the total […]

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