Here is an idea. Rather than use RFID tags, why can't they just put good audio microphones at road checkpoints. The same place where they planned to put the RFID readers.
Anyone who has owned a dog knows that your dog knows when you car approaches the house within a block or two. That must mean that each car has a unique audio print that doesn't vary much. Perhaps it is a combination of the car and how the driver operates the car. In other words, not just the sound the car and motor make, but the pattern over a couple of minutes as you approach your own home.
Anyhow. Seems like using an audioprint as a second factor to identify a specific vehicle might be a good idea.
Working for them, or the NSA, also puts you under constraints that you don't have to worry about in the private sector.
Specifically, they can't read about what Edward Snowden has reviled since it is considered classified. I'm pretty sure it was mentioned here at Tech Dirt about how NSA staff were ordered to never read any news about.
That would suck being told by your employer that you can be criminally charged for reading something in a newspaper.
Regarding the liability question. If a crime is committed using technology (they made a phone call!), then the company is liable?
If they do that, then they are going to hold every gun company liable for every murder done with a gun. How is that different? What if someone gets stabbed? Are they going to sue Victorianox for making a "weapon"?
Are they going to sue Ford for making the car that that kidnapper used?
The government better be careful what it wishes for. If if gets it, it is going to bit them in the ass.
Perhaps there is a kernel of trust to the claims. But Hersh's story exaggerates and extrapolates one small detail. However, it doesn't change the core facts.
It is very obvious that ISI was hosting OBL in Pakistan. They didn't arrest him. He was their protected guest.
It is pretty clear that the raid did happen as described. And it is pretty clear that Pakistan did not learn about it until after it happened.
It is also obvious that OBL had a trusted courier network. OBL was involved with al Quaida while living in the compound. Yet he manged to avoid detection via signals monitoring and spies. He had to relay everything through a courier.
So that only leaves the question of how the US learned of his location.
The walk-in ISI agent selling the information to the US is plausible. Learning of and monitoring the courier is another plausible explanation.
A rouge ISI agent could have sold the info about the courier. And the torture claim was just a cover to protect the agent. I think that this is the detail that was blown up into a new narrative by Hersh.
I don't understand why Motel 6 is being picked on for this. This is not news. Nor is it unique to Motel 6.
Many cities, states, and countries require hotels to track their customers and report them all to the police. So I always assume that my information given to a hotel is being passed directly to local law enforcement because in most cases, it is.
For example: in Italy you are required by law to leave your passport with the innkeeper. They, in turn, are required to allow the cops to rummage through the passports and take whatever info they want.
It sounds me to like Providence, RI is just late the game in realizing that they can demand this data. Motel 6 is very used to this, because they already do it any many, many other places. So do all the other hotels.
And yes, the local vice squads are the LEO's that are most interested in this data.
I've mentioned this every time the subject of the LAUSD iPad program comes up. The major crime is not incompetent vendors. It is how the LAUSD paid for the program. This article hints at this, but does not come out and say it.
The district floated bonds to pay for this. In other words, they borrowed money. Let that sink in. They are financing consumer electronics with bond money.
School bonds are for building schools, and other capital expense with long service life.
I found this article about the bonds used in this program. In it, the LAUSD claims that they are allowed to use a blend of long and short term bonds to pay for technology. And they also claim that the bonds won't exceed the expected service life of the iPads, which they estimate at 5 years.
But we all missed the point. The GSP was planning on selling pizzas to drivers at the toll booths. Very clever. The plan is to order your pizza when leave work, and they will toss it in your car window as you roll through the toll both on the way home. Thus when you arrive home, dinner is served!
I worry about the connection between a property record and a car registration record. Two different systems. Cars and houses are bought and sold all the time. How are these systems synchronized?
God help you if you buy a used car from someone who money on property tax. You could find your car impounded. When you buy a used car, you file a form with the DMV letting them know that you bought a car and that you are not responsible for outstanding traffic tickets or parking tickets. I wonder if this same information protects you from property tax liens.
Sorry. It is not clear to me where the camera is going to be pointed. At the driver? Or forward like all those awesome Russian dashcams?
If forward, like the Russian dashcams, then that actually makes sense. They can use it after an accident to determine who is at fault. You are renting THEIR car. They should have the right to see how you drive it.
If it is recording the driver and passengers, then yea, that is problematic.
Recall the insane situation where NSA employees are not allowed to view the information that Edward Snowden leaked. If any NSA computer touches such information, it has to be destroyed. Yet Joe Public is free to read it all he wants.
This is because the security clearance permission of the NSA employees constrains what they are able to consume.