Baltimore Sun 11/21/00
State proposes limits on access to records
Hearing set on move to restrict spread of electronic court data


by Gail Gibson and Eric Siegel
Concerned about privacy issues and growing requests for computerized
information, the state judiciary has proposed sharply limiting public access
to electronic court records.
The changes would restrict access to computerized criminal records to
lawyers, police and government agencies. Anyone else seeking the electronic
information would have to explain what they planned to do with it and prove
that they are engaged in a legitimate government or business activity.
People who go to courthouses to review criminal or civil files could also
have their requests limited to no more than 10 records per day under the
proposed public records guidelines, which were made public last week and will
be the subject of a public hearing Dec. 13.

Cherry Hill Courier-Post 11/21/00
Lawyers' group questions reform of open-records law

by Lilo H. Stainton
After a year of silence, the New Jersey Bar Association raised concerns over
proposed reforms to the state's public access laws, saying the proposal does
not adequately protect privacy and places an undue and costly burden on local
Bar Association President Barry D. Epstein outlined the group's concerns over
the bill to increase citizens' access to government files in a Nov. 2 letter
to the legislation's sponsors, Assembly Speaker Jack Collins, R-Salem, and
Assemblyman George Geist, R-Camden. But supporters of the bill said the
objections are late in coming and nothing new. They promise to keep pushing
for a full Senate vote this year.
The legislation, designed to replace a 1963 Right to Know Law considered one
of the weakest in the country, was approved by the Assembly this spring.

New Haven Register 11/21/00
3 had access to private files


by Ann DeMatteo
WALLINGFORD - Only three employees of a Lucent Technologies branch had access
to a Web site that contained scores of private details about Police
Department employees and arrest records, the company said Monday.
Wallingford police are investigating why tens of thousands of confidential
employee and arrest records were posted on a Web site operated by Lucent,
which provided the department with its computer software.
Police Chief Douglas Dortenzio and Mayor William Dickinson said Friday that
employee confidentiality and the privacy of some arrest records and criminal
histories were compromised when the information was posted on the Web site. 11/21/00
E-mail president sent to John Glenn auctions for $22,000

Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The e-mail message President Clinton sent to John Glenn
while the astronaut was in space in 1998 sold for $22,000 at a Sotheby's
Internet auction.

Electronic records of patients planned

by Joe Manning
The Medical College of Wisconsin announced Monday it will be using the
equipment and technology of Merge Technologies Inc. to help manage patient
records and radiology scans.
The Merge equipment, which will be installed next month, will store patient
information in the radiology department at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran

Infoworld 11/20/00
Privacy complexity boggles users

by Jaikumar Vijayan
CORPORATIONS IMPLEMENTING DATA-PRIVACY initiatives face complex business and
technology issues relating to the access, use, storage, and transmission of
customer information, according to users.
Not only will such policies have to accommodate emerging domestic and
international regulations, but they will also need to be backed by the right
technology architecture and processes to ensure compliance, users say.
The biggest challenge is "to develop a clear understanding of the impact of a
patchwork of international, federal, and state privacy regulations" and to
balance that with business and consumer needs, said Edward G. Schwartz, chief
information security officer at Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Insurance
Cos., during last week's 27th annual conference of the Computer Security
Institute, in Chicago. 11/17/00
Biometrics creates human passwords

Sam Costello
IDG News Service
LAS VEGAS--In September a laptop believed to contain confidential company
information belonging to Qualcomm Chair Irwin Jacobs was stolen at a
conference. Though nothing has come to light about how this loss may have
damaged Qualcomm, the incident provokes a fair amount of fear and
security-measure-tightening in boardrooms. But had Jacobs been using any of
the many biometric products on display here at Comdex, he and Qualcomm's
investors would have had a lot less to fear.
Biometrics is a type of technology that controls access to services and
information based on the unique biological information that we each possess,
such as iris patterns, fingerprints, and voices. Biometrics is seen by many
as an especially strong security measure because biological information is
unique and particularly difficult to replicate. 11/21/00
A question of identity

by Earl Lane
Pittsburgh -- As a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Latanya Sweeney gained notice by showing how medical information
from a data bank of Massachusetts government employees could be cross-
checked with voter registration data she purchased for $20.
Using health data only for those from Cambridge, Mass., with a registered
voter population of about 55,000, Sweeney demonstrated how easy it would be
to "re-identify" the medical records of state employees living in the town,
including then-governor William Weld.
Using just a birth date and five-digit ZIP code, Sweeney estimated that she
could match 69 percent of the state employees living in Cambridge with their
health data (as compiled by the Group Insurance Commission, which negotiates
medical contracts for state employees).

Concord Monitor 11/21/00
Diary up for auction reveals much about the Revolutionary War


Associated Press
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) -- A Revolutionary War-era diary up for auction contains
"a cure for love," poetry, details of Gen. George Washington's troop
movements and ration lists of rum, soap and beef for soldiers.
The diary, which is expected to fetch at least $10,000 when it goes on the
auction block Friday in Amesbury, contains intimate details of life on the
Revolutionary War battlefields, according to auctioneer John McInnis.
He called the diary, which begins Dec. 17, 1776, with a gathering of 47
militia members south of Boston, "the most important Revolutionary War diary
to come to auction in recent years."

Cnews 11/21/00
Ont. Auditor slams $1 billion to transfer property records to computer

TORONTO (CP) -- A bungled attempt to transfer property records onto computers
that could cost Ontario more than $1 billion tops the list of government
mismanagement contained in this year's provincial auditor's report.
Updating Ontario's Land Registration System was supposed to cost $275 million
and be finished last year, but it could now cost another $700 million and ten
more years, auditor Erik Peters wrote in his report, released Tuesday.

Deseret News 11/15/00
Computer security - encryption,1249,230008767,00.html?

by Lois M. Collins
LAS VEGAS - Encryption is the "first line of defense" when it comes to
computer security - and that's becoming increasingly important as everything
from personal journals to company secrets and business transactions become
everyday online activities.
That was the message delivered by renowned attorney F. Lee Bailey during a
news conference at Comdex on Tuesday.
He was stumping for a particular company and its encryption program, Inc.'s just-released Cypherus. But he said issues of privacy and
encryption will help define the next decade. And computers and related
technology are in large part responsible for that.

International Herald Tribune 11/22/00
Tracked on the Web, Users learn new tricks

Stephanie Stoughton
The Boston Globe
Technologies Allow Surreptitious Surfing
BOSTON Purchase a Harry Potter book from Inc. and you invite
e-mail solicitations from the Web store's friends. Snap up a cashmere sweater
from and your old-fashioned mailbox may overflow with
catalogs. If you really feel like sharing, shop at and They may be selling and swapping your name, postal
address, e mail address and other tidbits in the behind-the-scenes market for
your personal information. 11/21/00
San Francisco Examiner ends 113 years as Hearst-owned newspaper


Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Examiner, the self-styled "Monarch of
the Dailies," gave up the keys to its kingdom Tuesday, ending a 113-year
reign filled with swagger and spunk.
The Examiner name will live on under a new owner, San Francisco publisher Ted
Fang, but its 220 reporters, editors and photographers will begin work
Wednesday for the longtime rival San Francisco Chronicle.
The Examiner's departing owner, the Hearst Corp., bought the Chronicle for
$660 million four months ago -- a deal that compelled the company to
relinquish control of the San Francisco paper that launched its publishing
empire in 1887.
The Examiner bid farewell to its readers with a final afternoon edition that
bore the banner headline "Goodbye!" 11/22/00
British Queen Mum's medical records found in street


LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The British Queen Mother's medical records were
found in the street after being stolen from her surgeon's car and discarded
by the robbers, the Mirror tabloid said on Wednesday.
A passer-by picked up the files, which were inside a briefcase, and the
police returned them to the Queen Mother's Clarence House home, the Mirror
added. 11/21/00
President delivers computer files to assist Vietnamese MIA search


ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2000--Information Management
Research, Inc. (IMR), a Colorado-based software company, played a
behind-the-scenes role in President Clinton's recent visit to Vietnam.
While in Hanoi, the President delivered computer files containing 350,000
pages of documents that will help the Vietnamese government search for
soldiers listed as missing in action.
The records, known to the military as command chronologies, show where and
when American military engagements occurred during the Vietnam conflict. Air
and ground battlefield coordinates will give search teams a clear indication
of where to look for Vietnamese and American MIA. 11/21/00
Mary Baker Eddy Library previews in Boston
Community Leaders welcome new institution and its promise


BOSTON, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Nineteen months before its official opening
in June, 2002, Boston's civic and cultural leaders today heard how exhibits,
programs and research facilities of "The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the
Betterment of Humanity" will provide a wealth of information and ongoing
discourse about the life, times and ideas of its namesake?a 19th century
pioneer and reformer.
Best known as the discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy is also
the author of the still best-selling book, "Science and Health with Key to
the Scriptures," and founder of the Pulitzer-prize-winning daily newspaper,
"The Christian Science Monitor." In 1907, Mrs. Eddy was described in Boston's
Human Life magazine as "the most famous, interesting and powerful woman in
America, if not the world, today."
Scores of Boston civic and cultural leaders joined hard-hat tours of the new
Library space, to be located in the Christian Science Publishing Society
Building at 200 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston's Back Bay area.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Richmond, Va
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