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Privacy Digest 5.02 1/14/96

PRIVACY Forum Digest     Sunday, 14 January 1996    Volume 05 : Issue 02

            Moderated by Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com)         
              Vortex Technology, Woodland Hills, CA, U.S.A.
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                           the PRIVACY Forum.

        "Privacy: 1996" (Lauren Weinstein; PRIVACY Forum Moderator)
	Caller ID leakage? (Beth Givens)
	Videotaping homes for tax purposes (Steve Holzworth)
	Mutual of Omaha and s.s.n's (nrota@cris.com)
	Computers, Freedom, and Privacy -- Call for Demos (Hal Abelson)
	Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Phil Agre)
	InfoWarCon (Winn Schwartau)

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   Quote for the day:

	"How do you think some of the politicians around 
	 town got started, and parking lot owners?"

			-- Mr. Applegate (Ray Walston)
			   "Damn Yankees" (1958)


Date:    Sun, 14 Jan 96 17:43 PST
From:    lauren@vortex.com (Lauren Weinstein; PRIVACY Forum Moderator)
Subject: "Privacy: 1996"

Greetings.  As we go strolling down the aisle of 1996 (with the 21st century
looming ever larger before us), there's certainly no lack of privacy-related
concerns and problems to analyze, discuss, and hopefully solve in 
reasonable ways.

The overall situation isn't terribly encouraging, however.  As Alice was
told long ago, it seems you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in
the same place--and to move forward you need to run even faster than that.

There are many conflicting events and signals to confuse the picture.  While
the U.S. government has chosen to drop the charges against Phil Zimmermann
for the original Usenet distribution of PGP, and there are signs of some
loosening of U.S. encryption product export restrictions, a vast array of
issues surrounding encryption policy remain.  It still seems quite possible,
even likely, that new legislative efforts to restrict powerful encryption
systems, and/or to criminalize their use in certain situations, will be
forthcoming.  Are all such restrictions unreasonable?  Or are there
circumstances, given the real-world problems of crime, terrorism, and
related activities, where some form of restrictions might be a good idea?
Let's discuss these issues.

Compuserve was widely condemned for an apparently arbitrary cutoff of
200-plus Usenet newsgroups in reaction to a German child-pornography
investigation.  It seems likely that when the U.S. telecommunications law
rewrite (eventually) passes, it *will* include both the so-called television
"V-chip" language and a broad ban on the distribution of "indecent"
materials to minors via the Internet.  Don't be too sure about the courts
striking down such provisions--the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the
FCC's right to ban "indecent" materials from radio airwaves during most of
the broadcast day. 

Outside of the philosophical and political issues relating to this area, the
logistical issues are also awesome when dealing with a global network.  Can
countries impose practical restrictions on what their citizens can access,
both domestically and internationally, without creating draconian monitoring
and control mechanisms?  And who will make these decisions?  While most
everyone agrees that child pornography has no place on the net (or anywhere
else), there are those who would use this single topic as a lever to spread
content restrictions throughout a broad range of discussion topics (and in
some countries, political opinions).  And yet, we can assume there are
people using the net in illegal ways, and there clearly are some items on
the Internet that the vast majority of persons would not want their children
to access.  How can the goals of free flow of information, protection of
minors, and prevention of illicit activities be simultaneously achieved?
Can they be achieved together?

Finally, we must face the fact that the tremendous tool that is the Internet,
that many of us have spent more than the last quarter century building,
might itself become one of the most powerful instruments for the invasion of
individuals' privacy yet devised.  It's already causing an explosion in
commercial database sharing, and exasperating the problem of incorrect or
"stale" information that propagates through such databases.  

While technological developments are moving toward making it relatively
safer to, for example, send credit card information around the net, it's
going to take a long period of education before the average casual user of
the Internet is going to be able to reliably detect the more privacy
invasive situations that the net could foster.  The Internet can be a
wonderful and useful marketing tool, but if this is done in manners that are
seen as invading privacy, the results will be quite counterproductive.  One
promising note is that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has opened studies
on the use (and possible misuse) of information that can be collected by
Internet (e.g. World Wide Web) sites during the course of user browsing,
an area about which the PRIVACY Forum will have more to say in the future.

It looks like we've got plenty to discuss!



Date:    Wed, 6 Dec 1995 13:20:09 -0800 (PST)
From:    Beth Givens <bgivens@pwa.acusd.edu>
Subject: Caller ID leakage?

Starting December 1, Calling Number ID is supposedly transmitted
on ALL calls, local as well as long distance, as per a FCC ruling. 
The one exception is for calls originating in California. 
(The California Public Utilities Commission has requested a 
6-month waiver, until it has had the opportunity to accept or 
reject the local phone companies' education plans for 
alerting California consumers to the privacy effects of Caller ID.)

Rumor has it that some Caller ID data for California calls has
somehow "leaked" out -- both in the past and since December 1st. But
we have not been able to verify that. If you have indeed seen
California numbers on your Caller ID display devices, I'd appreciate
hearing from you -- either via this forum or directly to my email
address (bgivens@acusd.edu). If you don't mind divulging the first
6 digits of those numbers, that data would help track down the
errant phone company switches. Thanks.

Beth Givens				Voice: 619-260-4160
Project Director			Fax: 619-298-5681
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse		Hotline (Calif. only):
Center for Public Interest Law		   800-773-7748
University of San Diego			   619-298-3396 (elsewhere)
5998 Alcala Park			e-mail: bgivens@acusd.edu
San Diego, CA 92110


Date:    Wed, 6 Dec 1995 16:32:19 -0500 (EST)
From:    Steve Holzworth <sch@unx.sas.com>
Subject: Videotaping homes for tax purposes

Wake County, N.C., where the state capital is located, has recently
started videotaping all homes and businesses in the county for tax
revaluation purposes. The taped images will then be digitized and
coupled with property tax records to simplify the tax assessors' job 
of setting property tax valuations.

Several things come to mind:

1) Property tax records are public records. You can walk into the county tax
office and use their computer system to look up anyone's tax records.
One can assume you will now be able to look at their home/business also.

2) Given (1), how long until siding salespeople, real estate agents,
cat burglars, etc. use the picture database to determine likely subjects
of financial interest?

3) The day my house was videoed, I was in the midst of a renovation. My
paint was scraped, some items were primed only, my deck and stair rails
were torn down, and my driveway was partially dug up. Does this mean
I'll have a low tax valuation? :-)

Given the prevalence for other computer data to propagate to unlikely
agents, I'm not particularly thrilled with having pictures of my house
online as a public record. The local newspaper hasn't even discussed the
ramifications of this taping, beyond commenting that it was occurring.

Steve Holzworth
sch@unx.sas.com                    "Do not attribute to poor spelling
SAS Institute   x6872               That which is actually poor typing..."
SAS/Macintosh Development Team                            - me
Cary, N.C.

		[ This may not be terribly different from the long-existing
		  practice of taking photos of houses and putting them in
		  big books (which themselves have been or are being
		  digitized in many areas), or sending assessors around to
		  re-evaluate at regular intervals.  Real estate companies
		  and their supporting data firms have long collected
		  this sort of information--the details they have on 
		  virtually every house in their areas is *very* 
		  As far as crooks are concerned, I suspect they're more
		  likely to use "in-person" inspections for their
		  "evaluation" purposes--they probably prefer the most
		  up-to-date information.  -- MODERATOR ]


Date:    Sun, 7 Jan 1996 22:44:10 -0500
From:    nrota@cris.com
Subject: Mutual of Omaha and s.s.n's

I recently received a mailing from Mutual of Omaha (my health insurance
provider) informing me that I have been enrolled in a Rx discount program
with Diversified Pharmaceutical Services. I was issued a card and told that
each time I use my card "a Diversified AlertCare Prescription Review is
run, alerting the pharmacist to potential interactions with other
medications you have purchased using the card."

I called up Mutual of Omaha to have my name removed from Diversified's
database. The customer service representative asked me to verify my social
security number. I did not provide my s.s.n. on the application to Mutual
of Omaha. Evidently they get it from a medical database.

A customer service representative called me back two days later. She said
they have removed my s.s.n. from their database and my name from the
Diversified database. She was unable to comment on the practice of getting
the s.s.n. from some other source than an individual's application.


Date:    Tue, 26 Dec 1995 23:43:26 -0800
From:    hal@murren.ai.mit.edu (Hal Abelson)
Subject: Computers, Freedom, and Privacy -- Call for Demos

Since its inception in 1991, the Conference on Computers, Freedom, and
Privacy has brought together experts and advocates from the fields of
computer science, law, business, public policy, law enforcement,
government, and many other areas to explore how computer and
telecommunications technologies are affecting freedom and privacy.

CFP96 -- the Sixth Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy --
will be held on March 27-30, 1996, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  CFP96
is hosted by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The World
Wide Web Consortium.

CFP96 is soliciting demonstrations of technology that will be of
interest to conference attendees.  Examples are technologies for

    -systems for voice and data encryption 
    -smart cards
    -electronic money and secure funds transfer
    -bugging devices
    -crime tracking
    -assembling personal dossiers
    -public access to the network
    -on-line activism and political organizing
    -access to government information
    -content-based network access control

If you are interested in demonstrating something at CFP96, please send
a proposal to cfp96@mit.edu.  Demonstrations may be either commercial
or non-commercial.  Proposals are due by February 1, 1996.

For more information, consult the conference we page

or send a blank email message to 

Hal Abelson
Phone: (617) 253-5856   Fax: (617) 258-8682
Email: hal@mit.edu
URL: http://www-swiss.ai.mit.edu/~hal/hal.html

MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Room NE43-429
545 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139


Date:    Thu, 28 Dec 1995 18:03:38 -0800 (PST)
From:    Phil Agre <pagre@weber.ucsd.edu>
Subject: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery

------ Forwarded Item ------

Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 11:14:01 -0800
From: etzioni@cs.washington.edu (Oren Etzioni)
Subject: [fayyad@aig.jpl.nasa.gov: ASCII CFP - JDMKD]

		New Journal Announcement:

             Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery

 		C a l l   f o r   P a p e r s

Advances in data gathering, storage, and distribution technologies have far
outpaced computational advances in techniques for analyzing and understanding
data.  This created an urgent need for a new generation of tools and
techniques for automated Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Databases
(KDD).  KDD is a broad area that integrates methods from several fields
including machine learning, machine discovery, uncertainty modeling,
statistics, databases, data visualization, high performance computing,
management information systems (MIS), and knowledge-based systems.

KDD refers to a multi-step process that can be highly interactive and
iterative and which includes data selection, preprocessing, transformation,
application of data mining algorithms to extract patterns/models from data,
evaluating the extracted patterns, and converting them to an operational form
or human-oriented knowledge.  Hence "data mining" refers to a step in the
overall KDD process.  However, a significant portion of the published work
has focused on the development and application of data mining methods for
pattern/model esxtraction from data using automated or semi-automated
techniques.  Hence, by including it explicitly in the name of the journal, we
hope to emphasize its role, and build bridges to communities working solely
on data mining methods.

Our goal is to make the journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery a
flagship publication in the KDD area, providing a unified forum for the KDD
research community, whose publications are currently scattered among many
different journals.  The journal will publish state-of-the-art papers in both
the research and practice of KDD, surveys of important techniques from
related fields, and application papers of general interest. In addition,
there will be a section for publishing useful information such as short
application reports (1-3 pages), book and system reviews, and relevant
product announcements.

The topics of interest include:

   Theory and Foundational Issues in KDD:
      Data and knowledge representation for KDD
      Modeling of structured, textual, and multimedia data
      Uncertainty management in KDD
      Metrics for evaluating interestingness and utility of knowledge
      Algorithmic complexity, efficiency, and scalability issues in data mining
      Limitations of data mining methods

   Data Mining Methods and Algorithms:
      Discovery methods based on belief networks, decision trees, 
	genetic programming, neural networks, rough sets, and other approaches
      Algorithms for mining spatial, textual, and other complex data
      Incremental discovery methods and re-use of discovered knowledge
      Integration of discovery methods
      Data structures and query evaluation methods for data mining
      Parallel and distributed data mining techniques
      Issues and challenges for dealing with massive or small data sets
   Knowledge Discovery Process 
      Data pre-processing for data mining 
      Evaluating, consolidating, and explaining discovered knowledge
      Data and knowledge visualization
      Interactive data exploration and discovery

   Application Issues:
      Application case studies
      Data mining systems and tools
      Details of successes and failures of KDD
      Resource and knowledge discovery on the Internet and WWW
      Privacy and security issues

This list of topics is not intended to be exhaustive but an indication of
typical topics of interest. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit
papers on any topics of relevance to knowledge discovery and data mining.

SUBMISSION AND REVIEW CRITERIA: We solicit papers on both research and
applications.  All submitted papers should be relevant to KDD, clearly
written, and be accessible to readers from other disciplines by including a
carefully written introduction.  Submissions will be thouroughly reviewed to
ensure they make a substantial advance either in increasing our understanding
of a fundamental theoretical problem, or provide a strong technological
advance enabling the algorithmic extraction of knowledge from data.  Papers
whose primary focus is on significant applications are strongly encouraged
but must clearly address the general underlying issues and principles, as
well as provide details of algorithmic aspects.  Papers whose primary focus
is on algorithms and methods must address issues of complexity,
efficiency/feasibility for large data sets, and clearly state assumptions and
limitations of methods covered.  Short application summaries (1-3 pages) are
also encouraged and would be judged on the basis of application significance,
technical innovation, and clarity of presentation.

We encourage electronic submission of postscript files. 
Authors should submit five hard copies of their manuscript to: 
    Editorial Office, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 
    101 Philip Drive, Norwell, MA  02061  
    phone 617-871-6600  fax 617-871-6528      email: kcullen@wkap.com  

Submissions should be in 12pt font, 1.5 line-spacing, and should not 
exceed 28 pages. We strongly encourage electronic submissions, please
visit http://www.research.microsoft.com/research/datamine/ to obtain 
instructions on electronic submissions.  Detailed instructions for 
submission of final manuscripts and Kluwer format files for LaTex, MS Word, 
and other typestting programs are provided at the above site.

Exact instructions for hardcopy and electronic submission to Kluwer
can be accessed at http://www.research.microsoft.com/research/datamine/

Being a publication for a rapidly emerging field, the journal would emphasize
quick dissemination of results and minimal backlogs in publication time.  We
plan to review papers and respond to authors within 3 months of submission.
An electronic server will be made available by Kluwer for access to accepted 
papers by all subscribers to the journal.  Authors would be encouraged to 
make their data available via the journal web site by allowing papers to
have an "electronic appendix", containing data and/or algorithms authors
may want to publish when appropriate.

The journal will be a quarterly, with a first volume published in January 1997
by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

	[ Additional text deleted by MODERATOR due to length. ]


Date:    Fri, 8 Dec 1995 16:35:55 -0500
From:    winn@Infowar.Com
Subject: InfoWarCon

             InfoWarCon (Europe) '96
        Defining the European Perspective
               Brussels, Belgium
                 May 23-24 1996 

Sponsored by:

  National Computer Security Association
  Winn Schwartau, President and CEO, Interpact, Inc.
  Robert David Steele, Chairman & CEO, OPEN SOURCE SOLUTIONS 

Information Warfare represents a global challenge that faces all 
late-industrial and information age nation states.  It also represents 
the easiest and cheapest way for less developed nation-states and 
religious or political movements to anonymously and grieviously attack 
major nations and international corporations.

Not only are the definitions of InfoWar unclear, but they span many 
areas and disciplines. This conference will examine the European 
perspectives on all three classes of Information Warfare while 
contributing some American lessons learned, mistakes made and successes 

	Class I: Personal Privacy
	Class II: Industrial and Economic Spying and Warfare
	Class III: Global Conflict, Terrorism and the Military

As at all other InfoWarCon, this special European Conference encourages 
active audience participation, contribution and debate. 


   [ Additional text deleted by MODERATOR due to length. ]



	National Computer Security Association
	10 South Courthouse Avenue
	Carlisle, PA 17013
	Phone 717-258-1816 or FAX 717-243-8642
	EMAIL:		conference@ncsa.com

To obtain the latest edition of this program, send EMail to:


For more information about NCSA:

	WWW:	http://www.ncsa.com
	CompuServe:	GO NCSA
	EMail:		info@ncsa.com

Sponsorships for various InfoWarCon (Europe) 96 events are still available. To 
find out how to sponsor portions:

	Contact Paul Gates at the NCSA: pgates@ncsa.com

To reach: 	Winn Schwartau:  Winn@Infowar.Com
		Robert Steele: ceo@oss.net

V 1.1/12.7.95

Peace & Happy Holidays

		        Winn Schwartau - Interpact, Inc.
		        Information Warfare and InfoSec
		       V: 813.393.6600 / F: 813.393.6361


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