Tag: Privacy

Die Gedanken sind frei, But That’s About it

 

Privacy-spyThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Kentucky ruled this week that a person who dials another party by sitting on his cell-phone doesn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy if he is overheard.

In what is presumed the first “butt dial” ruling in a federal court, Judge Danny J. Boggs found that what you say over your cell phone is equivalent to standing naked in front of your bedroom window and expecting passersby not to sneak a peek:

This case requires us to consider whether a person who listens to and subsequently electronically records a conversation from an inadvertent ‘pocket-dial’ call violates Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968,” wrote Boggs, after hearing the case of Huff v. Spaw in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Behold the Canadians, Destroyers of Worlds

 

Avid Life Media is a Toronto-based company that makes millions on the sexual weakness of others. It runs three sites, Ashley Madison, Cougar Life and Established Men. The first two are for married peopleAM that are looking to be matched up for affairs, the latter for young women who wish to be the mistress of a successful and well-heeled man.

Of course, this service is promised to be 100% safe and discreet.

The Libertarian Podcast: The Sony Controversy

 

On this week’s installment of The Libertarian Podcast, Professor Epstein discusses the legal issues surrounding the Sony hacking and the subsequent dissemination of the purloined materials in the press. What does Supreme Court precedent have to say about the distribution of such information? (Spoiler alert: Richard thinks the Court got it wrong). Is there a coherent standard of “newsworthiness” that constrains such publications? The professor answers those questions and, in a Libertarian first, engages in a duel of wits with Aaron Sorkin. Listen in below:

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Mr. Lowenthal was once very high ranking in the intelligence community.  He is now a professor, of course.  The academic and publishing credentials are very impressive.  And, like  any good leftist, he is incredibly ignorant of anything that belies the chosen beliefs in his little world. On a recent Jeopardy tournament, when Alex Trebek spoke […]

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Recently, a Swiss startup produced and marketed a new smartphone, designed to maximize user privacy. It was sold out in the preorder phase. Not even vaguely resembling a techie, I wonder if a computer and/or operating system or software exist which provides users with more online privacy and which is accessible to ordinary users. It […]

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In case you missed it, Amazon recently announced their own take on the smartphone, which turns out to be pretty much like everyone else’s take on the smartphone. It’s called (brace yourself for this one) the Fire phone and it does come with a little flair. Two pieces, to be exact. The first consists of […]

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The question above will no doubt seem counter-intuitive to many. But I believe the answer is absolutely, yes. Same sex marriage puts us on the path to abolishing civil marriage. And that would empower the state to abolish family autonomy and privacy. To understand where I’m headed with this, please read the article I published […]

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Your Government Is Phone Tapping An Entire Nation. Are You Okay With This?

 

shutterstock_90519055As of 2013, the United States government “has been recording and storing nearly all the domestic (and international) phone calls from two or more target countries as of 2013.” If anybody had any doubts, the good people of WikiLeaks, who are doing God’s work, revealed that one of those countries is Afghanistan.

Your government is phone tapping an entire country’s worth of phones. This program, they claim, is vital, to keeping our drone wars going.

So, in order to keep a war going that we shouldn’t be in anymore, in a place we shouldn’t be involved anymore, we — you and I — are doing this. Privacy is a fundamental human right. We are violating the fundamental human rights of an entire nation of people, in order to keep a war going in a place we shouldn’t be in, to accomplish… what exactly?

Did Donald Sterling Tape Himself?

 

Reported in the LA Times yesterday, but not really noted in our earlier discussion on the taping of Donald Sterling.

The site is also reporting that sources who have heard the entire hourlong recording say Sterling absolutely knew he was being recorded. TMZ Sports has reported Stiviano has said she has more than 100 hours of recorded conversations with the 80-year-old Sterling, who is said to have used the tapes to refresh his memory because he frequently forgot what he said.

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Dennis Prager on the NBA owner fiasco: When the media report private conversations that pose no threat of violence, they encourage more and more people to record and release private conversations. That, far more than the NSA’s trolling of billions of phone calls in order to identify terrorists, poses a real threat to privacy. Preview […]

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In Pursuit of Disruptive Politics: Rand Paul at Berkeley — Jon Gabriel

 

Most Republican senators choose to speak at a post office opening, a county GOP fish fry, or the local Rotary club pancake breakfast. Meanwhile, the junior senator from Kentucky is hanging out at Howard University, Detroit and now the University of California at Berkeley.

Delivering a rare speech for a Republican at this bastion of liberalism, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday was given multiple standing ovations by the left-wing audience after railing against government surveillance and warning the students: “Your right to privacy is under assault.”