Israel Uses DNA To Track Dog Feces And Fine Pet Owners

September 16, 2008

City uses DNA to fight dog poop.

“But droppings found underfoot in the street and matched through the DNA database to a registered pet could earn its owner a municipal fine.”

Today, its dog crap in Israel. Tomorrow, it could be cigarette butts in America. How would the laws affect private eyes collecting sewage samples for DNA after it left a subjects property?


Evidence Shows Domino’s Shares Customer Database With Law Enforcement And Collectors

September 16, 2008

NEW YORK CITY (Blue MauMau) – A private eye insists that the pizza chain shares its database with law enforcement and collection agencies, despite a strongly worded denial by Domino’s Pizza LLC to allegations by the private investigator on CNET News that the pizza chain shares or sells its customer database.

And he says he has proof.

Private Eye Insists Domino’s Shares Customer Database | Franchise News.
“U.S. Marshals Service, the New York Police Department and collection agencies are using it to track people down.” “It” being delivery data from pizza deliveries by Domino’s and their competitors.

I have personally seen, on more than one occasion, Domino’s data used to track down fugitives via determining pizza delivery address(es) that were cross-referenced with a fugitive’s cell phone number.”


Judge rules private “spying” permitted.

September 16, 2008

“A Chittenden Superior Court judge will not stop a private detective from spying on the survivor of a carbon monoxide poisoning in Burlington.”

WCAX.COM -Judge Won’t Order Stop to Spying.

The judge indicated that the subject of the investigation must prove the investigator’s actions reach the level of harassment by filing for a protective (restraining) order.

Investigating, while following existing laws and acceptable practices, is not considered harassment unto itself. That said, surveillance should be more discrete. Especially in a situation where the subject is the victim of previous action… by your client. Come on people. Show a little tact.


BBC NEWS | UK | Hacker vows to fight extradition

September 15, 2008

“However, Mr McKinnon said he did not accept US claims that he caused damage to their systems. Instead he said he maintained a “quiet presence” and actually highlighted security problems…”

BBC NEWS | UK | Hacker vows to fight extradition.

This is an interesting story involving a systems analyst who accessed U.S. government computers. Instead of charging him with a misdemeanor like the people in the cases below, the U.S. government is throwing the book at this guy. They want him extradited, and have indicated they want him “to fry.”

The main difference between this guy wrongfully accessing computer data, and the two people below seems to be WHAT they are looking at. The people below are accessing your and my information via the State Department and the IRS.

This guy was accessing NASA looking for alien/UFO cover-ups.

Which should be a higher crime?


IRS Worker Snooped On Stars – May 30, 2008

September 15, 2008

MAY 30–An Internal Revenue Service employee snooped on the tax records of about 200 celebrities and athletes, confessing to investigators that he accessed the confidential material out of “curiosity.”

IRS Worker Snooped On Stars – May 30, 2008.

“Misdemeanor” charges for spying on private Federal tax documents? Why so little concern for public records? Seems kind of uneven, considering the story above.


Contractor Charged In Passport Snoop – September 15, 2008

September 15, 2008

A Department of State contractor illegally accessed the agency’s computer files to snoop on the confidential passport application files of a wide array of celebrities, including politicians, athletes, actors, media figures, prominent businessmen, and even game show contestants, according to federal prosecutors.

Contractor Charged In Passport Snoop – September 15, 2008.

This employee was only charged with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized computer access. If opening someone else’s mail is a “federal offense,” shouldn’t illegal access to a State Department database be a higher crime?

This highlights a growing concern where lower-level employees and contractors gain access to high-security data due to lax hiring standards, flawed screening procedures and little operational oversight.


Private Eye Insists Domino’s Pizza Shares Customer Database with Outside Agencies | Franchise News

September 12, 2008

“U.S. Marshals Service, the New York Police Department and collection agencies are using it to track people down.”

Private Eye Insists Domino’s Pizza Shares Customer Database with Outside Agencies | Franchise News.

Not sure whether this is data theft, systemic corruption, big brother or all of the above. Regardless, I’ll bet Domino’s didn’t warn you they would snitch on you if you decided to become a bad guy in the future. That’s what you get for eating Domino’s pizza, I suppose.