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EFF In the United States we are supposed to have certain rights under the 4th amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

However in today’s world most of us don’t write letters and our “papers and effects” are online. They are on the social media sites we are members of and the websites we visit. So if the FBI comes knocking at the door of the ISP you use, your favorite search company or social media sites you visit and request they hand over your information to them. Will the company simply hand over the information or do they request a warrant.  Another words which company has your back and which company does not.   That is what the (EFF) Electronic Freedom Foundation investigated. This is the third year they have publish this report.   They took a look at 18 tech companies and looked into their terms of service, privacy policies, advocacy, and courtroom track records, to see how they stack up. They looked at the following 6 criteria

  • Requires a warrant for content
  • Tell users about government data request
  • Publishes transparency reports
  • Publishes law enforcement guidelines
  • Fights for users privacy rights in court
  • Fights for users privacy rights in Congress

 

Out of the 18 companies they investigated only two companies received all six stars, Twitter and Sonic.net. Two companies MySpace and Verizon received zero stars. A full chart is available at the EFF website along with a PDF explaining what they looked for and how they evaluated it. According to the EFF they have notice some progress over the three years they have been doing the report, more companies are now letting individual know when a government entity is requesting information about them. It is nice to see that some companies are doing their part to protect our information from the government. Hopefully next year more companies will have more stars

GNC-2011-12-29 #733 Soapbox Time!

Posted by geeknews at 1:18 AM on December 30, 2011

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GNC-2011-02-07 #645 Back from Chicago!

Posted by geeknews at 1:02 AM on February 8, 2011

Fresh back from the Windy City! The snow and cold weather was ok for a couple of days, but I prefer 80 and cool trade winds. Lots of great tech to cover tonight.. I have some great opportunity to someone that would like to underwrite the show for a couple of episodes, drop me a line if your interested. I should be in Hawaii over the next couple of weeks so it will be great to get back into a regular rhythm for the show production.

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Show Notes:
Older IT workers hurt the worst.
Privatization of the Shuttle?
Girl Friend Revenge.
EFF says FCC Net Neutrality Bad news!
Righthaven suing without using DMCA provisions.
Judge bans flyer handouts?
Terrorist Watch List Abuse.
Doug Kaye back from Egypt.
Hoarding Light Bulbs?
Can Anyone Listen?
Confession Application.
Comet Close Encounter.
Private Space Innovators.
Navy Stealth Plane makes Maiden Flight.
Mars Massive Hole in the Ground.
Calling ET Dilemma.
T-Mobile Free Phones on Valentines Day.
Honeycomb Tablet Website Live.
Gmail Priority Inbox comes to Mobile.
Firefox Road Map.
Huffington Post goes for 315 Million?
Darth Vader Wins!
Roku USB Port Open.
Sprint Kyocera dual Screen Mobile.
Samsung Upgraded Powershots!
Twitter Wins Super Bowl Traffic
Salt and Pepper Switch.
Doctor Ear buds.
New Blood Pressure Cuff.
Water Resist your iPhone.
Facebook Killing Marriages.
Pirating breakdown.
Greece Arresting File Sharing Site Owners.
Domain Protection Advice.
Revenge with Snow Blower.
Android 3.0 Video Editor.
Software by Download Only?
Last.FM no longer free.
FCC and Universal Service Fund.
More Denial of Service Attacks.
FBI and NASDAQ hack attacks.
XOOM no Wifi without Activation.
Reverse class action Lawsuits.
WiFi Stats.
AT&T iPhone Carrot.
UPS batteries disposal/re-cycle.
Sandy Bridge Chips shipping again.
Sun in 3d.
67% want Interactive TV.
Cord Cutters Percentages.
Google Exec Free in Egypt.
Astronaut to Fly Mission.
UFO in Israel?
UFO in Utah?

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GNC-2010-08-20 #603 Do you want to be a Star!

Posted by geeknews at 1:30 AM on August 20, 2010

Moving forward, I have decided to add as many as 5 shows to the line up here at Geek News Central, host will have to agree to a two year commitment and have to carry their own weight and bring new fresh content to the site. This show remains same format, new shows to GNC will be unique and live under the GNC banner head. I have a very important survey for you to fill out. Link is directly below this paragraph. I want to find out what it would take to make you be a insider.

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Cannon G12 HD?
HP 2.3 Billion in Earnings.
Google TV Hints.
Liquid Pencil Issues.
Cannon Photo Printer.
Intel Buys McAfee?
PS3 Jailbreak.
Is that a Radio in your Arm?
3 Apps for Gmail.
Tablets in Schools.
Bad Spelling on Immigration Documents.
Gmail on iPad update.
Is Apple testing iTV?
Sputnik at 50.
Fleet Drivers and Technology.
Video Streaming for iPad.
EFF on Facebook Places.
Magazine + iPad = 2 for 1
Is the Web really dead?
Class of 2014.
ISP Top User 2.7TB
Gulf Oil Spill Update.
ISP Minimum Speed Disclosure.
Creating a new online Identity.
Wikileaks Legal Challenges.
Stumbleupon this!
Google where are the Google TV Apps?
Adobe Flash and Google TV.
PogoPlug goes Wireless.
Adobe Bug.
Universe will never stop Expanding.
Whats on the Other side?
RFID snooping bunk or real?
40 Windows App Vulnerabilities.
Recording Phone calls OK?
Blackberry + Email + Off work = Overtime?

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GNC-2010-07-02 #589 Chrome Takes a Dive!

Posted by geeknews at 12:59 AM on July 2, 2010

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Firefox Home.
Podcorps Closing.
Fake Jobs / Customer Exchange gets a ton of sites!
Sony Dash available International.
Comcast Anyroom DVR.
AT&T makes Excuses on Locked Phones!
Hulu $10.00 and more Ads!
Flip Video Camera with Wi-Fi.
Droid Revenge.
UK Really getting Online!
eReaders = Unaccessible!
Spies need Tech Support too.
Movie + Camera + Jail + Reward – MPAA = Lawsuit
See the New $100.00 Bill.
Onstar calls to give you Directions?
Google Airlines.
Google News.
Google Rolls Over on Red Chinese?
Is your site Slow?
Video + Viral – iPhone + EVO – Best Buy = Fired
Google Me?
ISS Gets Resupplied.
ISS Parking Problem.
Does whats in your PC mater anymore?
iMovie for iPhone 4
EFF + ACLU + Time Warner – Judge = Major Loss!
The Math on iPhone 4 Antenna Loss!
Tweet do and don’ts.
Trillian 5!
Good Genes in your Family?
Instaload Batteries.
Tracking your Movements by your Hair!
Shuttle Launch Schedule.
Plagiarism Cheating Guide to College.
TwitPics looses their minds!
No Fly List what would you do?
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GNC-2010-06-04 #581 I Flat out Go Off on AT&T!

Posted by geeknews at 1:01 AM on June 4, 2010

Are you as mad as I am over the latest AT&T announcement I get on the GNC Soapbox and stay there for a bit. Last show in Hawaii for two weeks, I head out to Texas and NY over the next 4 shows. Join me live at more civilized times. Listen to show for details. Looking for some feedback on the Insider Video on how you liked it..

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520 Day Mars Mission in Moscow.
Ballmer on Google.
Skype Rdio?
FTC Spanks Key Logger.
Don’t be this Stupid!
Verizon bringing 4g to Country?
Windows iPad.
Will Paywall Fail?
Google gives up Wi-Fi data to Germany.
81 Iridium Birds Ordered.
Coal to Elephant Grass.
Urine to Power your Car?
Falcon 9 Launch for Today.
More Water Proof for Mars.
Nuke for Oil Leak off the Table.
Eyeball Tickets in Columbus.
App Rejection Criteria for Apple App Store.
AT&T King of 3G (whatever).
Tax to Save Newspapers.
Police do not want to be Filmed?
Border Guards can take your Laptop.
EFF Helping Time Warner.
Product Placement Questions.
Google Biggest Looser?
Stinky Helmets.
Zoom H1 $99.00.
Apple’s Slave Labor?
Sony Betamax and what’s Left.
Nikon Lense Thermos.

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GNC-2009-11-20 #529 Get ready for the 24hr Podcast

Posted by geeknews at 1:27 AM on November 20, 2009

I have announced my tentative date for the 24hr Podcast, lots to cover between then and now. But as always it is my pleasure to do that 24hr show. Need to pick a charity for this year. Suggestions are welcome. Production of the video portion of the show is really improving, have a few more things to work out but I am happy with process. Back to a normal show flow next show.

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It is time for Personal Servers in fact it’s overdue!
Sony rolls out its own Music, Movie store.
Apple needs to really ready this!
Captions on YouTube
Extra Benefit of YouTube Captions.
Google Phone.
PeerNews launching in Hawaii!
Shuttle at ISS all is well.
Yahoo to Index Twitter Immediately!
14 Free Mac Developer Apps.
Apple and Others Quality Control.
FTC going after Fraudulent Check printer.
Azure comes out of Beta Jan 1st!
Are these folks stealing from you?
Pirate Bay Alive and Well!
California to add Border checks for TV’s
The REAL Mars research game!
Smile for the Camera Please!
What are you doing is no What’s Happening!
Hypocrites!
Going Free doubles a companies Business.
Senate to put Hammer down on Phrama, Professors and Book Publishers!
Walmart new Copyright Police!
The destruction of Live Music in America!
Tradeup to Bluray for $15.00?
Hackintosh back in Action on Atom!
Windows 7 Sales Explosive!
Check WiFi on American Airline Flights!
Google Chrome the Announcement!
Google Chrome OS do I really want this?
Will this list support Google Chrome OS?
Windows Home Server Update Coming!
Pandora has amazing conversion rates!
Sprint 4G you gotta get better than this?
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GNC-2009-06-05 #483 Video is a Main Topic!

Posted by geeknews at 1:54 AM on June 5, 2009

Newsletter subscribers check your emails for clues but you have to listen as well to win. I talk about the Video Gravy train for a bit tonight. Looking for input from non podcasters details on the show. As we head into the summer months you will want to remember to take the show with you as you roll outside to do yard work heck you can even have fun with it by shouting out in agreement when I hit some company with criticism.

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Mark is correct free ride on Video is about Over!
Sony Digital Copies on UMD Library to be Available
45mps Wireless downloads on Airlines?
Palm Pre iTunes Support Funky
Cool Clock but way to Pricey
Great 4th of July Prank
AT&T Prepaid Data Plans Good Idea!
Have you tried Bing?
Steve Jobs how bad was it?
iPhone Video? Weird ring to it!
FTC shuts down Webhost with 15k Customers
Cirque to be next ISS Tourist
Endeavor good for Launch on 6-13.
Atlantis back at Kennedy Space Center.
RIAA no Takers in 6 Months for ISP Cooperation plan???
EFF to track Terms of Service Changes
10 Hot Jobs
Warrantless Wiretapping and Surveilance Suit tossed out!
This is Hogwash how long have we been holding reg Phones?
Hulu looking to get your Money?
DOJ looking at Hiring in the Valley.
Oprah hottest Tech Ticket in Town.
Record Video Watching Last Month!
Manage files in OSX outside of the horrid Finder
YouTube coming to your Flat Screen!
Tuesday Next week will be a big Patch Tuesday
ICANN Finally taking action on DNS Security
Stem Cells Treatment cause site to be regained!
DVD Sniffing Dog makes big bust!
MSI Air PC
Go get them Cher!

GNC-2009-05-29 #481 I lead off with PowerPress Update

Posted by geeknews at 1:42 AM on May 29, 2009

Ok folks we have a Round Table coming up this weekend I hope you will stop by for the show. Details on the blog at TechPodcasts.com. Covered a lot of ground on this show ending with some amazing news about a Dutch music organization!

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Travel Honey to find your Car!
Palm Pre will Sync with iTunes!
Ultimate Chip Cooling
Party online likes its 1964!
ISS Image from Ground Telescope
Geek Gear!
Look mom no Finger Prints!
Zune HD Video and Overview
Hulu had a reason for putting Boxee in Penalty Box!
Wikipedia blocks Scientology IP’s
Woz amazed at Microsoft’s Bing.com
The Secret Newspaper Honcho Meeting to retake the world.
What Model of Camera is This?
New Mars Rover Named!
Soyuz off to ISS with 3 more Crew Members!
If you got this Ticket you would be mad.
Closest Supernova in 5 Years!
This is how F111 dumps Fuel
EFF comes up with some Instructional Material.
FCC to deal with Rural Broadband
Spam Levels reaching 90%
Acer Windows Home Server great Price!
Windows 7 SSD Performance.
Scan your Prints when leaving the US.
DNS should remain in US Control?
AT&T CEO says Data Consumption on Mobile Networks Killing Them!
Dutch Music Firm Gamble with Artist Earnings.
Honolulu Electronic Voting results in 6% turn out!

GNC-2009-04-09 #467 Last show in Texas back to Hawaii

Posted by geeknews at 7:44 PM on April 9, 2009

Meet-up in Dallas at the Dallas Embassy Suites South at 6pm lots of content in this episode that will get you fired up. Show will be back in Honolulu next week join me on the live stream.

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A.P. YouTube Page Suprise to A.P.
A.P. Looses it
Time Warner Focuses on Austin on Purpose!
Metered Broadband will kill Innovation
Copyright & Fair Use
EFF Weighs in on Wiretapping
EFF Content ID Worse than DMCA
PUMA
Fiber Cut and Reward
Electric Power Grid Hack
Blockbuster may have to shut Down
High Speed in Australia
Patch Tuesday will be big
Variable Pricing on Media Sales
Conficker goes to work
French say no to 3 strike rules
Do you access Public Data
TWC Price Gouging
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