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Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 23 2012 @ 03:41 AM EST
Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together.

Agence France-Presse, Raw Story


Student Suspended for Refusing to Wear a School-Issued RFID Tracker

A Texas high school student is being suspended for refusing to wear a student ID card implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip.

Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall. The ID badge has a bar code associated with a student’s Social Security number, and the RFID chip monitors pupils’ movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave.

David Kravets, Wired


We Know Where You Drove Last Night: Police

The information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia, Elizabeth Denham, has found the Victoria police department is using a license plate scanning system in a way that contravenes the province's privacy laws. Municipal police forces in Vancouver, Abbotsford and Saanich also use the system known as Automated License Plate Recognition, and there may be others, Denham said in an interview. The RCMP also has some 40 vehicles outfitted with ALPR, she said.


"In my view, the use and disclosure of this information for unspecified purposes would not be justifiable under FIPPA [Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act]," Denham wrote. "Collecting personal information for law enforcement purposes does not extend to retaining information on the suspicion-less activities of citizens just in case it may be useful in the future."

Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee

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Surfthechannel owner jailed for contempt of court (Relevant to Apple?)
Authored by: tiger99 on Friday, November 23 2012 @ 06:23 AM EST

Now that particular case in itself may not be of very much interest to Groklaw readers, but consider what Apple did despite a court order, and you will see that they could well have been facing jail for contempt.

You simply do not mess around with UK judges, or their instructions, and expect to get away with it.

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Micorsoft gets an augmented reality pattent
Authored by: kuroshima on Friday, November 23 2012 @ 12:55 PM EST
US PTO link

Is it just me, or this has been amply anticipated by most sci-fi writers as Augmented Reality? because I could not see anything in the patent application (though I'm not fluent in patenteese) that made it into anything I had not seen in, for example, Charles Stross Accelerando (available for your reading pleasure under the Creative Commons license)...

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Ah... but who owns the copyright - pic
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 23 2012 @ 01:49 PM EST

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Life for Stratfor hacker ..
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 23 2012 @ 04:59 PM EST
"A pretrial hearing in the case against accused LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond this week ended with the 27- year-old Chicago man being told he could be sentenced to life in prison for compromising the computers of Stratfor.

Judge Loretta Preska told Hammond in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday that he could be sentenced to serve anywhere from 360 months-to-life if convicted on all charges relating to last year’s hack of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose servers were infiltrated by an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Hammond is not likely to take the stand until next year, but so far has been imprisoned for eight months without trial. Legal proceedings in the case might soon be called into question, however, after it’s been revealed that Judge Preska’s husband was a victim of the Stratfor hack

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“Anonymous” File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 23 2012 @ 11:35 PM EST
A court in Hamburg, Germany, has granted an injunction against a user of the
anonymous and encrypted file-sharing network RetroShare.

RetroShare users exchange data through encrypted transfers and the network setup
ensures that the true sender of the file is always obfuscated. The court,
however, has now ruled that RetroShare users who act as an exit node are liable
for the encrypted traffic that’s sent by others.

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