Archives for December 19, 2014

Seven Reasons Why Plan Bay Area is Illegal & Bad Policy for California

Plan Bay Area is a mon­u­men­tal land use doc­u­ment pre­pared by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion (MTC), and the Asso­ci­a­tion of Bay Area Gov­ern­ments (ABAG), for the osten­si­ble pur­pose of reduc­ing green­house gas emis­sions by 15 per­cent by the year 2035, as required by for­mer Gov­er­nor Schwarzenegger’s Sen­ate Bill 375. Kas­souni Law is cur­rent­ly lit­i­gat­ing the legal­i­ty of […]

Facebook Atlas: Giving Advertisers Invasive Maps of Your Life

Face­book Atlas: Giv­ing Adver­tis­ers Inva­sive Maps of Your Life   Face­book has qui­et­ly intro­duced a new ser­vice for adver­tis­ers called “Face­book Atlas,” and we’re giv­ing it a “thumbs down” because it’s not good for your pri­va­cy. Like an atlas, it offers a col­lec­tion of maps, but these maps show the where­abouts and activ­i­ties of Inter­net users […]

EFF in Court to Argue NSA Data Collection from Internet Backbone Is Unconstitutional

First Pub­lic Court Chal­lenge to “Upstream” Inter­net Spy­ing Oak­land — The Elec­tron­ic Fron­tier Foun­da­tion (EFF) will argue on Fri­day before a fed­er­al court that the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency (NSA) is vio­lat­ing the Fourth Amend­ment by copy­ing and search­ing data that it col­lects by tap­ping into the Inter­net back­bone. The hear­ing on a motion for partial […]

Buffett’s Smart-Grid Idea Takes Over Your Washing Machine

FA Note: The Smart Grid is pro­mot­ed as con­sumer choice. Yet as this arti­cle states plain­ly con­sumers must learn to “either use appli­ances them­selves at opti­mum times, or let the sys­tem decide that for them.”  War­ren Buf­fett wants to tell you the best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his ener­gy com­pa­ny in the […]