by Mike Masnick

Gator Invades The Department Of Homeland Security

from the eh...-privacy,-who-needs-it? dept

Some people may scoff at the idea that Gator Claria has a "Chief Privacy Officer," considering that the only reason the company is as successful as it's been is because it's been able to sneak its software onto unsuspecting users' computers, watch what they do, and bombard them with ads. However, even more surprising is the idea that such a Chief Privacy Officer would then be trusted by the government for objective advice on data privacy. However, that appears to be exactly what's happened. Salon is reporting that Claria's Chief Privacy Officer has been appointed to Homeland Security's "Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee." You would think there would be better people for such a post. Is Homeland Security going to be installing spyware adware on our machines next? Update: News.com has more details.

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  1. identicon
    dorpus, Feb 23rd, 2005 @ 5:25pm

    Traitor's Death

    The government will pump him for his expertise, then frame him on charges later.

    For an intelligence agency, one of their primary strengths is the ability to blackmail people. It doesn't get mentioned much in Hollywood portrayals of spy work, but intelligence agencies are able to keep traitors working for them by threatening the traitors with exposure. They're like paparazzi with guns.

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    eskayp, Feb 23rd, 2005 @ 8:17pm

    No Subject Given

    The article certainly raises some questions.
    For example: Will the meetings of the advisory committee be open to the public?
    Given the security conscious nature of Homeland Security, things will likely be kept black.
    And who better to advise them than the late Gator's new 'privacy' officer?
    Indeed, we live in the age of euphemism.

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    Anonymous Hero, Feb 24th, 2005 @ 1:02am

    Animal Farm

    Must be their textbook.

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    DragonMan, Feb 24th, 2005 @ 6:57am


    This makes me soooo much safer now.

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  5. identicon
    Anonymous, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 6:08pm

    Why is anyone surprised?

    This kind of nonsensical decision-making is par for course with this administration.

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