Monthly Archives: November 2005

Spokane mayor’s beefcake cache is not a public record, but list of websites he visited is

Posted by Bruce Johnson

Spokane Mayor James E. West’s laptop was the subject of an interesting Public Disclosure Act decision on Thursday.

West, a Republican who is now subject to a recall vote on Dec. 6 for these activities, apparently used his city-owned laptop to access and other gay-oriented websites, and also conduct internet chats wit… Continue Reading

Merchant Bank May be Liable for Costs to Replace Hacked Visa Cards

Posted by Randy Gainer

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled on October 18, 2005, that the bank that processed credit and debit card transactions for BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. may be liable for the costs that a credit union incurred to replace compromised cards. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the Pennsyl… Continue Reading

Hi, Dad! Teen Uncovers Anonymous Sperm Donor Through Online Geneaology Database

Posted by Lance Koonce

As it turns out, had Oedipus been blessed with a good laptop and a secure wifi node instead of those cryptic Oracles (this kind, not that kind), he might have avoided the entire murder/incest/blinding thing.

Today’s Washington Post reports that a 15-year-old boy whose mother was artificially inseminated by sperm from an anony… Continue Reading

Select Sony/BMG Music CDs Include Invasive Digital Rights Management Software

Posted by Brian Wong

The term “rootkit” entered a broader public consciousness after researchers discovered that Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Sony) has included digital rights management (DRM) software on 19 music CDs that must be installed in order for a PC to play the CD. The software installs itself deep within the Windows operating sys… Continue Reading

Executive Order 13388: Changing Information Sharing Priorities for Federal Agencies

On October 25, 2005, President Bush signed Executive Order 1388, which orders that “agencies shall, in the design and use of information systems and in the dissemination of information among agencies: (a) give the highest priority to . . . (iii) the interchange of terrorism information between agencies and appropriate authorities of State, local… Continue Reading

Proposition 73 in California – Abortions, a Minor’s Privacy, and a Parent’s Right to Know

Posted by Peerapong Tantamjarik

Here in California, it’s that time of the year again… it’s Special Election time! Where ordinary citizens, like you or me, or those with gobs of extra cash, can gather (or pay for) signatures and make a difference to the state by putting up for approval various propositions. Often times, these propositio… Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Breaks with Other Appeals Courts to Find Federal Jurisdiction for Consumer Junk Fax Suits

Posted by Ronald London

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which sits in Chicago and encompasses Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, recently issued a decision in Brill v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. 05-8024, holding that federal courts may hear lawsuits arising out of consumer claims for redress under the Telephone Consumer Protecti… Continue Reading