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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 145 : "text" format

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What You Need to Know About the New ID Law and TravelMonty Solomon
FCC tries to help cable companies avoid state consumer protection rulesMonty Solomon
This Time, Facebook Is Sharing Its Employees' DataMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <64FC8150-24A3-4BB2-8999-298A93B2E8F9@roscom.com> Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:01:02 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: What You Need to Know About the New ID Law and Travel What You Need to Know About the New ID Law and Travel By Shivani Vora The Real ID Act, which takes effect in early 2018, will require some air travelers to have identification other than a driver's license. In the past several months, there has been plenty of conversation about the Real ID Act and how it will affect air travelers. Passed by Congress in 2005, the act is intended to prevent identity fraud, and starting on Jan. 22, 2018, fliers who reside in some states, even if they're flying domestically, will need identification other than a driver's license to pass through Transportation Security Administration security checkpoints at airports. Who exactly is affected and what additional identification will the T.S.A. require? Here, answers to questions about what the Real ID Act means for travelers and why having a passport now may be more important than ever. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/travel/realid-air-travel-identification.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** Several states have refused to comply with the "Real ID" law, although it remains to be seen if they will bow to complaints from their citizens when voters are denied boarding for a non-refundable airline flight. The question, of course, is who benefits from this law, and the answers aren't as obvious as they should be. A short list of guesses: * Drug stores want to be sure that holders of "good" prescription plans aren't sub-letting their plan to others. * Companies that are screening job applications want to be sure that the guy who takes their tests or plays word games with their HR department is the same one who will show up on the first day at work. * Bankers are scared that thieves will keep figuring out their Nineteenth-century security measures, and keep stealing from their insurance carriers and keep causing insurance rates to rise. * Retailers want a unique identifier to use as a key field when issuing loyalty cards, preferably something that applicants won't realize is keyed to their SSN. Since files that contain SSN's have to be secure, they also want to avoid the administrative overhead and rely on drivers license numbers instead. * Database brokers, ditto: SSN's are not provably unique, and "Real ID" drivers license numbers are. However, what makes the "Real ID" law scary is not what's on that list: after all, drivers licenses are so common that nobody thinks twice about showing them anymore. What a national ID card offers is, sad to say, instant access to information about all the things I am not: not rich, not well-connected, not from the right school, not the right religion, not anything that might make a petty dictator hesitate to demand that I become something he desires me to be and I do not. Here's the bottom line: federal bureaucrats have wanted a national ID card for decades, and they're doing it by forcing states to verify identities for them, and the resulting document - which will now be used for any interaction with the government at any level, is the holy grail of their quest for ultimate control. Imagine being required to show that document any time you use a credit card, a debit card, or even cash, board an airplane, a train, or a bus, or check into a hotel. Then, imagine what you would do if that document could be confiscated by any agent of the state, at any time, for any reason. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <33D33808-2234-414F-B3F8-72EE8A7D852E@roscom.com> Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:42:19 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: FCC tries to help cable companies avoid state consumer protection rules FCC tries to help cable companies avoid state consumer protection rules By Jon Brodkin The FCC wants to block Minnesota from regulating Charter's VoIP phone service. The Federal Communications Commission is intervening in a court case in order to help Charter Communications avoid utility-style consumer protections related to its phone service in Minnesota. The FCC and Charter both want to avoid a precedent that could lead other states to impose stricter consumer protection rules on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone service offered by cable companies. The FCC has never definitively settled the regulatory status of VoIP. By contrast, traditional landline phone service and mobile phone service are both classified as "telecommunications services" by the FCC, a distinction that places them under the same Title II common carrier regulatory framework that applies to broadband Internet access. But the FCC has never decided whether VoIP services offered by cable companies are telecommunications or "information services," which aren't as heavily regulated. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/fcc-tries-to-help-cable-companies-avoid-state-consumer-protection-rules/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <8057AF48-1B0A-483F-A92F-7B02EF79A6F7@roscom.com> Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 23:29:05 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: This Time, Facebook Is Sharing Its Employees' Data This Time, Facebook Is Sharing Its Employees' Data Some of the biggest companies turn over their workers' most personal information to the troubled credit reporting agency Equifax. Users of Facebook are accustomed to trading personal data for convenience. Until 2031, Facebook Inc. is on privacy probation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, because, the FTC said in 2011, the company "deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowed it to be shared and made public." https://www.fastcompany.com/40485634/equifax-salary-data-and-the-work-number-database ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 10 Nov 2017

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