Saturday, December 24, 2011

Something for Everyone

Merry Christmas from the BulletproofCourier Team! We all chipped in and got something for everyone:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bigger Privacy Concerns About BC Hydro Smart Meters?

Reporter Andrew Duffy writes about British Columbia privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham's criticism of BC Hydro's smart meter privacy policy in today's Times Colonist:
...According to Denham, while Hydro is complying with privacy regulations with regard to the collection, use and protection of customer information, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

“We found Hydro did not meet the legal requirements for notifying customers about the smart meter project, and I think that is a serious contravention, especially when dealing with a new technology,” Denham said...

...Denham said Hydro is required by law to tell its customers the purpose of collecting personal information for the project, explain its legal authority to do so and provide contact information for reaching a B.C. Hydro employee who can answer questions...

Great article by Duffy, but now it begs the question:

What about government and law enforcement access to BC Hydro smart meter information?

A police force given access to BC Hydro's Wi-Fi data would be granted extraordinary Orwellian ability to collect and use information about citizens based on their power-usage patterns.

Police Scenario 1

VPD Officer #1: "Hey partner, our arrest warrant has been approved on that fraud case from last week."

VPD Officer #2: "That's great, let's go pick him up. Do we have a location?"

VPD Officer #1: "Let's check the BC Hydro smart-meter database... Negligible power usage at his home right now, he's not there. However his power consumption peaks around 11:30pm every night. Lights go on, oven goes on, computer and TV power up."

VPD Officer #2: "OK let's wait for tonight. I love these new smart meters."

VPD Officer #1: "Me too. It makes our job so much easier."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

False DMCA Claim Made Against Bulletproofcourier Over Eda Ertan, Lorna Pardy Picture

Lorna Pardy (right) exits the BCHRT Hearing with partner Eda Ertan while Salam and Sam Ismail look on from the upper-right background.
Photograph by: Bulletproofcourier, copyright 2010

Someone is trying to suppress this photo, and they're willing to lie and break the law to do it. Whoever it is, they should be aware that making a false DMCA copyright claim is a criminal offense.

Timeline of events:

March 31, 2010 at 10:45am - I took the above picture of Eda Ertan and Lorna Pardy leaving the Pardy vs. Earle BC Human Rights Tribunal and published it on my Guy Earle Trial Blog that night at 8pm.

Nov. 22, 2011 - Youtube member Metteya11 sends me the following message (view image):

Hi there

Good evening,

This is Eda. You have a picture of mine in your blog from a Lorna Pardy Human Rights Tribunal. I would like to let you know that, I respect your art and creativity in your work. However I've recently lost my Mom, it has been very painful for me, it effected me so drastically that I have started changing and eliminating the worldly things in my life.
I was just wondering, if it is possible for you, could you please remove my picture from your blog?

Thank you for your understanding.

Eda Ertan

Dec. 7, 2011 - Blogger/Google sends me a DMCA takedown notice explaining that someone else is asserting copyright over my picture, and demanding it's removal from the internet.

Dec. 15, 2011 - The material in question is reinstated.

We don't yet know who is responsible for the Dec. 7 false DMCA claim because the "complainant" provided false contact information. Was it really Eda Ertan trying to rub out her internet presence? Was it Lorna Pardy diddling things behind the scenes? Was it a mystery imposter attempting internet censorship but got licked in the end?

Whoever it was should keep in mind the Streisand Effect:
The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the perverse effect of publicizing the information more widely. It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her residence inadvertently generated further publicity.

Similar attempts have been made, for example, in cease-and-desist letters, to suppress numbers, files and websites. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos & spoof songs, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.