Tracking electronic footpath of a single thought. "Australian scientists have discovered a way to track the electronic footpath of a single thought travelling through the human brain. The discovery has implications for everything from education to planning the safest way to undertake brain surgery. The latest developments in scanning techniques allow brain experts to track responses in the brain from particular movements and thoughts, in real time. . . "
New High-Tech Passports Raise Snooping Concerns. "The State Department will soon begin issuing passports that carry information about the traveler in a computer chip embedded in the cardboard cover as well as on its printed pages. Privacy advocates say the new format - developed in response to security concerns after the Sept. 11 attacks - will be vulnerable to electronic snooping by anyone within several feet, a practice called skimming. Internal State Department documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act, show that Canada, Germany and Britain have raised the same concern. . . "
Now comes another trick: Companies are marketing systems to help callers fool telephone identification services into thinking they are someone else entirely.
The Web-based systems allow callers to spoof their identity by taking on the name and number of another legitimate caller. A company calling itself Camophone says its Privacy Guard service will handle the spoofing on a call-by-call basis for as little as $5.
Another, Star38, said it is marketing its software only to law enforcement agencies. At least one other start-up plans to release its version soon. . ."
What's Next for Compliance? "Four recent developments point to new directions to consider for records retention efforts. by Julie Gable December 1, 2004 Rate and Review This Article Email Article to a Friend Write to The Editor Print This Article Compliance is becoming a two-tiered concept. Over the last 24 months, heavily regulated, Fortune 500 companies have put programs in place for meeting Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulatory mandates, accomplishing compliance with a capital C. The remaining concern for many companies now is compliance with a small "c" — the ability to comply . . "
Wireless World: Drugs next stage for RFID. "CHICAGO -- Radio tracking technology is poised to remake the prescription drug distribution business -- and maybe even save lives -- after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week cleared the regulatory pathway.
The FDA issued a special guidance to the pharmaceutical industry that said companies using this new technology will not violate regulations governing product labeling -- a fear that had kept the industry from placing the tiny computer chips -- Radio Frequency Identification tags -- on product packaging, even though the technology has been available for this task for some time, experts told United Press International. . ."
Burst.com Alleges Microsoft Cover-Up. "One of the last two companies standing against what it calls Microsoft's anti-competitive behavior said it has smoking-gun proof that Redmond deliberately destroyed evidence in an antitrust case. Burst.com, creator of video and audio delivery software for IP networks, claims that Redmond stole technology and trade secrets acquired during two years of negotiations. In a June 2002 civil suit, Burst.com accused Microsoft (Quote, Chart) of anti-competitive behavior and violating federal and state antitrust laws. Now, court documents claim, Burst.com has evidence that Microsoft followed a policy of deliberately destroying e-mail that could be used as evidence against it. Legal documents made public on Wednesday include evidence of a 1995 "do-not-save-e-mail directive," and a "30-Day E-Mail Destruction Rule" promulgated by Jim Allchin, group vice president of Platforms . . ."
Tracking (RSS feeds) published US Patent applications. "This morning I stumbled onto a new site: FreshPatents.com. The goal of the site appears to be providing a database of published patent applications. The site even sets up RSS feeds by USPTO Class (you can set an RSS feed by technology, for instance getting abstracts to all published patent applications relating to USPTO Class 482: "exercise equipment"). If you use a program like NewsGator (or one of the other RSS aggregators), you could have this information automatically pulled into MS Outlook as (what looks like) e-mails. While the goal of the patent system is the distribution of knowledge (in exchange for a limited monopoly), do not forget that reviewing such information comes with a risk, namely liability for treble damages. How? If your company regularly uses a service like this (or does regular patent searches for what your competitors are patenting) it is pretty hard to argue that you didn't have notice that your competitor had a patent. If your company is on notice (even if that "notice" is just one of your engineers surfing the Internet or aggregating RSS feeds which he doesn't thoroughly read), you could pay dearly if you lose an infringement case. I suppose that this also means that when doing electronic discovery you need to check what RSS feeds/blogs your opponent's employees are reading... "
Tiny Antennas to Keep Tabs on U.S. Drugs. "The Food and Drug Administration and several major drug makers are expected to announce initiatives today that will put tiny radio antennas on the labels of millions of medicine bottles to combat counterfeiting and fraud. Among the medicines that will soon be tagged are Viagra, one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world, and OxyContin, a pain-control narcotic that has become one of the most abused medicines in the United States. The tagged bottles - for now, only the large ones from which druggists get the pills to fill prescriptions - will start going to distributors this week, officials said.
Experts do not expect the technology to stop there. The adoption by the drug industry, they said in interviews, could be the leading edge of a change that will rid grocery stores of checkout lines, find lost luggage in airports, streamline warehousing and add a weapon in the battle against cargo theft.
"It's basically a bar code that barks," said one expert, Robin Koh, director of applications research at the Auto-ID Labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The technology, Mr. Koh said, could "make supply chains more efficient and more secure."
Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense have already mandated that their top 100 suppliers put the antennas on delivery pallets beginning in January. Radio tags on vehicles and passports could become a central tool in government efforts to create a database to track visitors to the United States. And companies are rushing to supply scanners, computer chips and other elements of the technology."
Veritas archiving software keeps city on the record. "Having compliance regulators demanding to see your files is tough enough, but how about the general public? In most counties, public records departments are obligated to disclose all information, including e-mail messages and attachments, on any topic related to city business. Try keeping up with that doing restores from tape. But that's what Michael Lee Sherwood, chief information officer of the City of Oceanside, Calif., the third-largest city in San Diego County, was doing for a long time before installing Veritas Software Corp.'s Enterprise Vault. The software provides policy-based archiving and indexing of data held within Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office, SharePoint and file systems. For Sherwood, it was a life saver. Since implementing the Enterprise Vault software, all e-mails that pass through the city's Exchange server are automatically indexed and stored in original format. The software also searches the archive, retrieves messages and packages the results quickly for inspection by the city attorney, who then delivers the records to the initial requestor. Bogged down with requests Sherwood said that prior to installing Enterprise Vault, the city spent far too much time meeting public records requests, particularly during election years. The City of Oceanside, with a population of 165,000, receives between 9,000 to 12,000 e-mails each day. Yet up until recently, their e-mail retention policy was to copy e-mails and attachments onto backup tapes. "But because every employee managed his or her own e-mail account, messages and attachments that should have been saved were sometimes accidentally deleted," Sherwood said. . . "
"A majority of the nation's top 100 accounting firms surveyed view litigation support and its close counterparts, forensic accounting and fraud investigation, as leading areas of growth for their practices, according to March 2004 survey results released by Accounting Today magazine. That's why Margaret Grisdela, president and founder of Boca Raton-based Legal Expert Connections, is carving out an accounting niche within her general expert witness marketing practice to capture the market in its relative infancy. . . "