More from the privacy front . . .

The Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), the World Wide Web Consortium's long-awaited standard for giving consumers power over personal information gathered by Web sites, withstood a significant patent-infringement challenge by Seattle-based Intermind Corporation. The challenge was filed last year and is felt to have slowed development of P3P-ready software; the W3C made a public call to the Net community for support at that time and received dozens of substantial technology contributions from around the world. . . . First Echelon, now Tempest: Government documents released from the NSA (thanks to the Freedom of Information Act) indicate that for the last decade government agencies have had the technology to capture and decipher the electromagnetic signals emitted by all computers. This means that snoops can conceivably do surveillance without actually tapping; for instance, computers at a foreign embassy could be monitored from posts across the street or down the block. Crypto-activist John Young filed the original FOIA request, netting 184 heavily blacked-out pages from two of the 24 documents he requested. . . . An official at the Federal Reserve has an idea for forcing you to keep your money in the bank rather than under your mattress: money with an expiration date. Marvin Goodfriend, a senior VP at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, wants bills to include a magnetic strip that would deduct value from the bill according to how long it had been, say, folded up in the back of your wallet for emergencies. Despite the usual claims that such tracking would "deter criminal activity," the white paper was savaged by Congressional representatives who know a reality disconnect when they hear one. . . .

Previous Privacy Coverage

Privacy Wars, cont. by Seattle Weekly Staff, 10/28/99

Privacy Wars, cont. by Seattle Weekly Staff, 10/21/99

More dispatches from the privacy front by Seattle Weekly Staff, 9/30/99

Latest developments in the privacy wars by Angela Gunn, 9/16/99

Outing the Amazonians by Mark D. Fefer, 9/2/99

Kiss my ASCII: Clinton in your computer by Angela Gunn, 8/26/99

Kiss my ASCII: Ride-alongs and drive-bys by Angela Gunn, 6/17/99

Media Player and privacy by Mark D. Fefer, 4/8/99

Kiss my ASCII: On-line privates by Angela Gunn, 4/1/99

IPeekaboo by Mark D. Fefer, 3/25/99

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