Police Cameras Are Recording License Plate Information As They Drive Around

Very troubling technology.  This means that there will be no privacy whenever your registered vehicle is visible from any public place. The following is a summary.  The full article, from the Seattle Times, is available here. The thousands of photos are entered into a Seattle Police Department database where, for the three months before they are destroyed, they’ll be available for use in criminal investigations. …Automatic...

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United States Negotiating Secret Agreement to Store Passenger Data for 15 Years

Can you believe we had to find out about this from a UK-based Newspaper?  The Guardian is reporting that it obtained a “restricted” draft of an agreement between Washington and Brussels that would allow the US to retain all passenger information about anyone who flies between the UK and the US for 15 years. They will be keeping everything — Names, Address, Credit Card Numbers, Credit Information, Ethnic Origin,...

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Biofuels Could Cause More Harm Than Good

Prof. Steven Hamburg was currently in Washington, DC, attending a biofuels workshop – there was a lot of interest in linking the science and policy to ensure that biofuels help farmers, address climate change, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and protect the environment and economy. That is possible with the right policy instruments. The move to biofuels is a good thing in moderation – too much and we could actually cause a net...

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