Category Archives: electronic privacy

What DIDN’T Equifax Screw Up? (E37)

We talk Equifax: the data breach, the company’s insane response, and what to do about it. We also discuss the recent cowardice of Harvard University when it comes to who is and isn’t allowed to remain a fellow. And Kade tells us about a lawsuit the ACLU and EFF filed on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without warrants at the U.S. border.

In this week’s BONUS episode, we also shame ESPN and one of their dork analysts for their treatment of their colleague Jemele Hill. And Kade gives more fitness tips. Get the bonus episode by becoming a Patreon patron here.

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ACLU & EFF SUE OVER WARRANTLESS PHONE AND LAPTOP SEARCHES AT U.S. BORDER

Email your Member of Congress and ask them to WITHDRAW H.R. 2359, a bill that makes life easier for credit-reporting agencies that screw up. You can use this tool to generate a template email & send it.

 

GOP Attack on Internet Privacy; Jay Clayton for SEC; Trumpcare Fails! (E21)

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This week the Republican-led Senate voted on party lines to allow internet service providers to sell our private internet records. We talk about what we can do to stop this horrible proposal from becoming law, and why it matters. We also discuss the latest nomination to Trump’s Incompetent Cabinet, Jay Clayton, a lawyer who works at one of Wall Street’s favorite law firms, Sullivan and Cromwell.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Tell Congress: Our browsing histories are not for sale. Don’t let Comcast spy on us!
  • Call the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and ask for your Senators, and tell them: I am asking you to vote NO on the nomination of Jay Clayton to the SEC. We shouldn’t have a Wall Street lawyer running one of the regulators who oversee Wall Street. How does Senator _____ plan to vote on Jay Clayton? [IF THE ANSWER ISN’T NO:] I urge you to vote no.

Image credit: Christopher Sessums on flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Warrantless Wiretapping; Chase Strangio on Title IX and Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit (E20)

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Donald Trump said that President Obama wiretapped him. Like most things that Trump says, that’s a lie. But the law that authorizes the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens is up for reauthorization this year. We talk about why that matters, and what we can do about it. We also discuss how the Trump Administration wants to delay (and kill) a rule that helps prevent Wall Street from stealing your money through conflicted retirement advice.

Finally, we have a discussion with ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio (@ChaseStrangio) about the legal details of Gavin Grimm’s case, the underlying law that protects him and other trans students (Title IX), and also get an update on the ongoing legal battle against the anti-LGBT bill HB2 in North Carolina. We also reminisce about how isolating it was to be young queer kids, and hope things are at least a little better for the young queers today.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Send a comment letter to the Department of Labor, telling them not to delay the rule that protects retirement savers from conflicts of interest.
  • Call the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and ask for your Senators (or your Representative), and tell them: I am very concerned about the reauthorization of Section 702 of the FISA amendments act. My understanding is that this law put Congress’s stamp of approval on Bush Admin’s warrantless wiretapping program, and I do not believe that warrantless spying makes us any safer. In fact, it threatens the core liberties that this country should be the most proud of. So you should vote against it!

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Trump’s Cabinet of Horrors, Boston Spying, and the Electoral College (E16)

Humorless Queers tackle the horror show that is Trump’s choices for the cabinet, including Jeff Sessions for the Department of Justice, Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, and Betsy Devos for the Department of Education. We also discuss the Boston police department’s plan to spend $1.4m on social media spying software. And finally, we’ll have an interview with the co-founder of DemocrEC.org, who are demanding that Republican members of the Electoral College honor the popular vote.

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HUMORLESS QUEERS READING CIRCLE:

  1. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  2. Taylor Branch: Parting the Waters. America in the King Era, 1954-1963

Credit where due:

The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com.

2016 election post-mortem, and what we do now (E15)

Humorless Queers tackles post-election 2016. We talk action: What are we going to do now? And what is the future of surveillance and financial reform under the weight of a Donald J. Trump presidency? And we also dive into what just happened. How on earth did we get here? And how can we learn from this recent history?

LOOKING FORWARD: ACTION

THINGS WE CAN ALL DO RIGHT NOW

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HUMORLESS QUEERS READING CIRCLE:

  1. Taylor Branch: Parting the Waters. America in the King Era, 1954-1963
  2. Eric Foner: Reconstruction – America’s Unfinished Revolution

Credit where due:

The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com.

Email Privacy Laws, and Rep. Aaron Schock (E04)

We discuss legislation to bring our electronic communication laws out of the big hair era, the latest news on Rep. Aaron Schock, and how much he sets off our gaydar (the segment “Queen Please” is dedicated to him), why Bill Bratton should quit his job, and the fine print buried in your bank contract that denies you the right to your day in court should your bank rip you off.

Special THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Indiegogo campaign to raise money to buy Kade a mic. The show sounds much better this episode because of you!