01 septembre 2007

Is this true?

Lundi matin, je recois l'email ci-dessous d'une collegue.
Vrai ou faux, il n'en reste pas moins que nous sommes pistés (mais pourquoi donc la CNIL met des cookies sur mon ordi?), partout mais surtout a Londres et jusque dans le metro. La vérité c'est que le citoyen lambda est pret a renoncer a un fragment de vie privée pour un avantage lui semblant certain (facilité de payer avec une carte bancaire, arreter des terroristes, etc...). Le hic, c'est que l'empilement des reseaux collectant l'information in fine anihile la vie privee lorsqu'ils sont interconnectes. En France, la CNIL veille mais pour combien de temps?
http://bigbrotherawards.eu.org -Big Brother Awards
http://refusadn.free.fr -collectif refus prelevement ADN
http://1984.over-blog.com -collectif George Orwell
http://souriez.info -collectif "Souriez vous êtes filmés", contre la vidéosurveillance
http://www.jameh.org -Jamais Avec La Manipulation Electronique de l'Etre Humain

GOOD INFO FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL- hotel swipe cards This is pretty good[LL>] info. Never even thought about key cards containing anything other than

an access code for the room!

Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?


a. Customer's name

b. Customer's partial home address

c. Hotel room number

d. Check-in date and out dates

e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically "overwritten" on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process.

But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!

The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER

turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.

For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip! If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.

Information courtesy of: US & Australian Federal Agencies.

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