Posts Tagged ‘Privacy’


DFW AIRPORT, TX – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has been selected by the TSA Office of Intelligence and Analysis Program Management division for a “proof of concept” pilot of the FBI RapBack service. The program will enable real time criminal history monitoring of the aviation worker population.

In its selection process, TSA’s OIA Program Management Office considered factors such as risk profile, volume of biometric submissions, Boston Logan International Airport was also selected to participate in the pilot program. The pilot is expected to begin by the end of 2015.

RapBack is part of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification Program, introduced in September 2014.

The Rap Back Service provides authorized agencies with notification of criminal, and, in limited cases, civil activity (NGO – non governmental organization) of individuals that occurs after the initial processing and retention of criminal or civil transactions. Rap Back does not provide new authority to agencies, including the FBI, for collection of biometric and biographical information. It does, however, implement new response services to notify agencies of subsequent activity for individuals enrolled in the service. Including a more timely process of confirming suitability of those individuals placed in positions of trust and notification to users of criminal activity for those individuals placed on probation or parole.

Here’s how it will work: the boss at a company or organization signs an agreement with the FBI to implement the “rap back” program. You’d like to work there, and submit to a background check to do so. Your fingerprints are taken before you get your job, a routine part of the criminal background check, your almost-boss tells you. The fingerprints are then sent to the FBI, whereupon the agency makes a determination about your criminal history, and informs your almost-boss about whether or not you are likely to be a good hire.

Source: [Yahoo News]


Privacy advocates have attacked a plan to end anonymity for website owners saying it will put users at risk of harassment and identity theft.

Currently, in order to register a web address a user must provide contact details, but many domain registration services offer the ability to keep this information private.

Domain registrars do this by providing their own contact details for Whois queries – the directory look-up for web addresses. Icann, the body which co-ordinates the internet’s infrastructure, has proposed an end to that system, making any site used for “commercial services”ineligible for proxy registrations.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which opposes the proposal, is arguing that the risks to website owners, which is says will suffer a “higher risk of harassment, intimidation and identity theft”, outweigh any benefits of the change.

“The ability to speak anonymously protects people with unpopular or marginalized opinions, allowing them to speak and be heard without fear of harm. It also protects whistleblowers who expose crime, waste, and corruption,” it says.

Icann’s proposal is backed by the US entertainment industry, which has long been critical of anonymity online. In testimony before Congress, Steven Metalitz of the Coalition for Online Accountability said in May that: “Tens of millions of [domain] registrations … lurk in the shadows of the public Whois, through a completely unregulated proxy registration system that is the antithesis of transparency.”

Full Story @ [The Guardian]