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New Car Technology Leads To Concerns About Invasion Of Privacy

From TVs to automobiles, buying new often means getting the latest technology, from touch screens to wi-fi capability. But is there a price for this accessibility?

07/24/2014

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Judge Dismisses Case Over License Look-Ups

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of current and former Minnesota residents who allege that dozens of public employees violated their privacy by illegally looking up their driver’s license data for political reasons. The 18 plaintiffs, including some local elected officials, claimed they were targeted because they had been critical of Wabasha County government.

06/26/2014

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‘Upskirting’ Laws Lag Behind Advances In Technology

A court ruled that a man who snapped secret pictures up a woman’s skirt on a Boston subway train did not violate the state’s Peeping Tom law. The practice known as “upskirting” has exposed loopholes in current laws. Minnesota statutes that tackle the issue were written years ago. But that was before everyone had cell phones.

03/06/2014

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11-13-13 Al Franken On The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

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11/13/2013

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Your Privacy Won’t Be The Cost Of A Better Shopping Experience

You probably don’t realize it when you’re shopping, but many companies use technology to track your movements. Now some of them have agreed to post signs letting you know, and giving you the chance to opt out.

10/23/2013

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Camera-Wielding Peeper Puts Mpls. Neighborhood On Edge

Police in Minneapolis are on the lookout for someone who has been looking into windows with a video camera. Three times last week, people living in the Como neighborhood called police to report a peeping incident. The homes are all within a few blocks of one another on 22nd, 24th and 27th Avenues Southeast. The Como neighborhood is a short bike ride from the University of Minnesota, making it a popular place for students like Michael Canniff to rent homes.

10/14/2013

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Good Question: Why Does Snowden Seek Ecuador?

Russian president Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the man who leaked secret documents about a U.S. surveillance program is holed up inside the Moscow airport. On Sunday, Edward Snowden flew from Hong Kong to Russia – a country that has no extradition agreement with the US.

06/25/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The End Of Privacy

For years the United States has been gathering millions of Verizon cell phone records, as well as foreigner’s emails and data from Google, Facebook and other Internet companies. It is all to make us safer, President Obama says. It’s to protect us from terrorist acts.

06/08/2013

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Complaint: Man Recorded Video Of Girls Changing At Woodbury Gap

A 24-year-old Columbus, Minn., man faces multiple charges for allegedly slipping his iPhone under a kids’ changing stall door at a Gap store to record two girls changing. Caleb Wolfgram faces two felony counts of interfering with the privacy of a minor, court documents say. He also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with privacy.

05/30/2013

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Charges: Cop Allegedly Videotaped Minor Undressing

A Itasca County Sheriff’s Office deputy was charged Wednesday for allegedly recording video of a 17-year-old girl undressing in a bathroom on a county-issued smartphone.

03/06/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Who’s Watching State Databases?

The news that DNR manager John Hunt made 19,000 queries of private driver’s license information is not only creepy, it raises serious concerns about how well the state is keeping our private information private.

01/26/2013

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DNR IDs Former Employee Behind Illegal Data Breach

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources identified John A. Hunt as the former employee who viewed the data of 5,000 Minnesotans while off-the-clock, and without any job-related purpose.

01/25/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Want Tighter Database Security

A week after more than 5,000 Minnesotans found out that a Department of Natural Resources employee had looked up their driving or motor vehicle records, state lawmakers Wednesday announced their plan to curb abuse of databases.

01/23/2013

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Good Question: Does Facebook Own What We Post?

On Cyber Monday, it wasn’t a Facebook status about a great deal on shopping sweeping the social networking site. It was a status update proclaiming copyright over content.

11/26/2012

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Good Question: When Can Your Boss Or The Cops Read Your Email?

Personal behavior led to the downfall of General David Petreaus. But so did emails. A FBI investigation into email led them to the affair. The situation has many wondering about when and who can have access to our emails.

11/12/2012

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