How young is too young for Facebook?

Daniel Vasquez August Of the 20 million Facebook users under the age of 18 who have actively used the site in the past year, 7.5 million were younger than 13, according to Consumer Reports’ latest State of the Net survey. Meaning, they’re so young that they violate even Facebook’s terms of service, which requires that […]

Banks owed no privacy when using tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico Can you imagine lending a relative several thousand dollars and then being told it’s none of your business whether that relative spent the money doing as promised (to pay off debts and get his fiscal house in order) or whether he blew the cash on fancy vacations and jewelry? Well, as The […]

Privacy wanes in the hands of government

It may be that the instances the State Department has admitted to -– of breaching the privacy of the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton –- were an essentially innocent case of imprudent curiosity. It is worth remembering, however, that in 1992, when then-candidate Bill Clinton’s passport file was […]

New intelligence director has odd idea of privacy

By Freedom New Mexico The whole point of gathering intelligence is to learn what others don’t want you to know. Using satellites, computers and real-time analysis, it’s never been easier to track down the bad guys — along with U.S. citizens who presumably count themselves among the good guys. Presume no more, citizen. Your privacy […]

Eavesdropping not only illegal but likely useless

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we […]

FBI’s reporting requirements need beefing up

Freedom Newspapers The FBI has committed at least 13 violations of the guidelines governing its conduct under the Patriot Act serious enough to be referred to the Intelligence Oversight Board. That’s an arm of the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is charged with examining violations of laws and directives. These facts came to light […]

Removed child found in squalor

CNJ staff The young child removed from a Cannon Air Force Base residence May 2 was in a home filled “with a strong odor of feces and urine,” according to a police report from the incident. According to the report, the female child is 1 years old. She was conscious when Child Youth and Families […]

Wide-open Web is double-edged sword

By Steve Chapman The Internet is an amazing creation, but not an entirely benign one. The upside is that you can post and find material that is accessible to countless people around the world. The downside is that you can post and find material that is accessible to countless people around the world. That drawback […]

Private space invaders take big hit

By Leonard Pitts Jr. You might have missed it amid other headlines, but the Supreme Court came down on your side last week. Granted, it’s not your side if you’re one of those folks who spend the day on the phone pestering people to change their long-distance service or buy vacation timeshares. If you are […]

War on drugs trampling on rights of privacy

The systematic shredding of the Fourth Amendment’s protection of personal privacy in the name of the war on drugs proceeds apace. The latest example is a Supreme Court decision (in Maryland vs. Pringle) that approves the police arresting every passenger in a car where drugs are found. The case stems from a 1999 traffic stop […]