Thursday, July 17, 2014

Topic: Privacy Electronics

Do you know all of the ways today's "electronics" are affecting your rights? If not, check out the ACLU site: Free Future: Protecting Civil Liberties in the Digital Age, and Modernizing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Canvas Fingerprinting:
A new unstoppable type of cookie monster

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block (7-22-2014)

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from to YouPorn.

A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from to

First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it. ..Continued.. by Julia Angwin

See Also: White House Website Includes Unique Non-Cookie Tracker, Conflicts With Privacy Policy and The hidden threat in your browser: Share buttons reveal personal information each time you visit certain popular sites (and even the White House is affected)

More to come as we dig into this

Cell phones and Other such Digital Devices:

Digital Devices Guide:

Know Your Rights! Your computer, your phone, and your other digital devices hold vast amounts of personal information about you and your family. This is sensitive data that's worth protecting from prying eyes - including those of the government. by EFF.

Digital Copy Machines:

Imperative To Watch: Shocking Copies Made

Please note most registering agencies are making copies of documents concerning sex offender registrants and their information (which include Social Security Numbers, etc.). It is also likely the copy machines they use are leased or, if purchased, will be traded in at some point.

Federal law (Adam Walsh Act) requires certain registrant information can never be released.
42 USC 16918(b) and other federal law 5 USC 552a.

Watch this video and think about who else may have copies of those documents today?
SOURCE: Machines, you have a problem!

Note: Have you made any copies of such information on a public copy machine? Library, school, elsewhere...


Sex Offenders and
Home Security Cameras:

The stories below shows us that there are former offenders who are protecting their property using security cameras. Also note that it is important to make sure home cameras are POINTED properly, lest you be accused of a new crime. Also check your local laws esp. as to whether the camera system can/cannot record audio within reach of the camera; laws control audio recording in several states.

Now I have seen wireless cameras, but never forget, that unless they are part of your home WiFi network (transmitting pics through your Internet wifi) it is likely your neighbors will also be able to see whatever your cameras are pointed at. So direct wired system might be best if you cannot afford wireless via your Internet connection.

Here is one of many online stores where you can see various types of camera systems. Further, if you want to allow your computer to run your camera system, check out this possibility.
Note: One interesting point in one article below is, apparently he was using a more advanced camera system because the police were able to check his laptop to determine the direction of the cameras before they were damaged by his neighbor.

Registered Level Two Sex Offender Installs Cameras on Home Exterior

5-30-2008 New York:

Residents on Bronson Street came home to find a flyer announcing that someone in their neighborhood had installed home security cameras on their home.

Cameras for security are not unheard of, but what happens when you don’t know what the owner is videotaping?

And what if the owner of the cameras is a sex offender?

That’s what residents of Bronson Street in the city of Watertown want to know when Joe Coffie, an admitted level two sex offender, and his fiance placed cameras on the exterior of their home.

Coffie says that he installed the cameras for safety and security only and not to spy on his neighbors.

He also claimed that there was drug activity on the street and he was within his legal rights to place the cameras on his home.

The Watertown Police say that he is within his rights and that their hands are tied.

However, there are families with children that live on Bronson Street and concerned residents want to know what Coffie is videotaping and if their children are at risk.

Michael Cooke, a concerned parent and resident, says something has to be done.

“If something doesn’t get done…something is going to happen to one of these kids. I’m might be my kids, it could be the ones across the street,” she said.

Joe Soluri said that he called the police before this incident to report Coffie’s activities, but was told nothing could be done.

“I told the police that he was videotaping kids in the yard and they said that was ok.”

Coffie says that he is not using the cameras to videotape children and he is registered as an offender for a mistake he made in 2003.

“A, I’m not taking down the cameras. B, if they are doing illegal stuff, the cops will know and C, I don’t give a damn what people think,” Coffie concluded.

Neighbors said they will continue to raise concerns about their children’s safety while Coffie said he will not remove the cameras as long as it is legal. ..News Source.. by Rachel Kent

Woman charged after damaging security cams at sex offender's house

HENRIETTA TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A Lorain County woman arrested after damaging security cameras at the home of a former registered sex offender.

Annette Osborn is charged with criminal damaging. Lorain County Sheriff's Deputies tell 19 Action News she ripped the cords off the cameras at Henry Bennett's home on State Route 113.

Bennett is a convicted sex offender out of California who no longer has to register with the Sheriff's office. Osborn was convinced his cameras pointed towards her house, which is behind Bennett's.

However, when deputies looked at Bennett's laptop, they determined that was not true and the cameras were only pointed towards his backyard. by 19 Action News

A matter of perspective: Convicted sex offender’s cameras near Jeffersonville youth shelter

I wonder, has the general public looked closer at cameras on other private residences, to see IF IF IF they may be pointing to similar "places where youths gather," we cannot forget, that, 95% of new sex crimes are committed by someone NOT ON the registry. Perspective perspective perspective....

3-12-2011 Indiana:

JEFFERSONVILLE — A registered sex offender said pointing a home security camera at the Clark County Youth Shelter was a “stupid mistake,” but that he meant no harm.

Clark County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Randy Burton said Raymond Siller, 63, lives 144 feet door to door from the shelter in Jeffersonville. Burton said the shelter’s executive director complained to police after neighbors told her Siller had a camera set up facing their building and that he was possibly on the sex offender registry.

Burton said they issued Siller a no trespass warning not to go near the shelter, but that is all they can do. The cameras set up on the outside of his house are now pointed at his property, and he is not in violation of the registry.

A new statute prohibiting registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, youth center or public park did not go into effect until 2006. The law does not apply to anyone convicted prior to that date.

Siller said the cameras are set up around his house because people in the neighborhood have been vandalizing his property. He has two large CB radio antennas on his house that have been damaged and the tires of his car were slashed.

Siller said he believed the vandals ran behind his house through a parking lot. He pointed one of his cameras in that direction, but that’s also facing a side door of the shelter and a basketball hoop where children play.

Siller said he has lived at the same house in the 200 block of Wall Street for five years and never knew the building behind him was a shelter. He said he “wasn’t thinking” when he moved the camera in that direction.

Burton said Siller living and having cameras set up so close to the shelter still concerns him even if it is not illegal.

“It’s a big concern,” Burton said. “It’s a little too close to the youth shelter. Kids go there for a place to get away from a dangerous situation. They are there to be protected.”

The shelter’s director did not respond to a message seeking comment.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department registry shows 10 registered offenders living within a quarter-mile radius, or 1,320 feet, of the youth shelter and 24 within a half-mile. A search by the News and Tribune showed sex offenders living within a quarter-mile of most Clark County schools.

According to court records, Siller was convicted of first-degree sodomy in 1994 in Jefferson County, Ky., and he served a prison sentence in Kentucky until 2003. Siller pointed out that he has not been convicted of an offense against a child, saying, “I have no interest in children.”

“I’ve never hurt anyone in my life, including the victim [in the sodomy case],” Siller said.

Siller said he was never actually convicted of the offense, but said it was too complicated to explain why he went to prison. He is in the process of writing two books about how he was “railroaded” by the Kentucky judicial system, he said.

“I’ve been criticized, ridiculed, labeled and threatened,” Siller said.

He was also arrested in July 2007 after two 13-year-old girls walking near Eighth Street and Springdale Drive called the Jeffersonville Police Department claiming they were stalked by Siller. According to court records, another motorist called and reported he was acting suspicious following the girls in his vehicle.

The two girls alleged he made inappropriate sexual comments about their appearance, and when they told him their ages, he said that made it “much better.” Inside Siller’s vehicle, police found a CB radio and a mounted camera.

Siller was charged with felonies for child exploitation and solicitation and obscene performance. The case went to a bench trial, and Siller was found not guilty of all counts except class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

“I supposedly yelled obscenities at two girls, two nasty looking girls,” Siller said. “Judge [Vicki] Carmichael didn’t find me not guilty because she liked me.”

Siller must still face three counts of class D felony failure to register from 2007 and 2008. That case is scheduled for trial April 12, and he could face six months to three years in prison if convicted.

Burton said there is a high number of sex offenders in the area around the shelter. ..Source.. by Matt Thacker

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