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  • What We Can Learn From the Healthcare.gov DebacleGovernment, health care, Blog

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    In a House committee hearing this week, several security experts agreed with committee Republicans that it would be better to shut down Healthcare.gov than continue piecemeal efforts to fix the as-yet unknown number of issues (including flaws that could expose users to identity theft). This is just the latest example of how the Obama Administration bungled the cornerstone of its legacy: providing millions of Americans access to affordable health insurance. While there are parts of […]

  • Could Law Enforcement Leverage Facebook Data to Identify You?Data Security, Government, Blog, Technology

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    Facebook’s privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users — especially when they change, as they did this month for underage users. After all, when you’re putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if “the public” is law enforcement, and their idea of fair use is uploading all your pictures into a vast database used to […]

  • Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?Government, health care, Blog

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    It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal information over the phone. That’s just the opening shot. Once millions of consumers begin providing unprecedented amounts of personal data […]

  • 4 Big Problems With Social Security NumbersGovernment, Blog, Identity Theft

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    A Social Security number is like a skeleton key — able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves. It is the central piece of data needed to hijack our credit, steal our health insurance, use us as human shields and generally wreak havoc in our lives. And every day, two branches of the U.S. government — the executive and the legislative — put our identities and sometimes even our lives at risk […]

  • Hate Universal Background Checks? Meet the Gun ScoreGovernment, Blog

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    A sufficiently large minority of the U.S. Senate demonstrated their Orwellian allegiance to the gun lobby last week — or their fear of it — by blocking several commonsense measures that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers while imposing a ban on both assault-style rifles and high-capacity gun magazines. The knee-jerk “no” votes were so pervasive that a law imposing stricter penalties on gun traffickers (supported by the National Rifle Association) even got […]

  • OCC Ya! The Government Agency That Should Fine ItselfGovernment, Blog

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    This just in from the “It Couldn’t Possibly Get Any Worse” Department: The first wave of checks from the bungled foreclosure abuse settlement landed in mailboxes around the country this week, but when people tried to cash them, a number of them bounced. I don’t know about you, but if someone who worked for me screwed up something like a $3.6 billion payout, I’d fire them. Let’s face it. The biggest bank regulator in the […]

  • The Tax Form That Could Save Your Refund From ThievesGovernment, Blog, Personal Finance

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    The Bible tells us, “It is better to give than to receive.” Most Americans don’t feel that way on April 15. But when the Lord (a.k.a., an IRS algorithm) shines his countenance upon us and a portion of what we paid is returned in the form of a tax refund, it seems only fair that we actually get to spend that money. Unfortunately, this is not always how it works. In 2011, 1.5 million Americans […]

  • 5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber WarGovernment, Blog, Technology

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    This spring, the term “cyber war” turns 20. In his seminal 1993 paper “Cyberwar is Coming!” master military strategist John Arquilla envisioned an entirely new kind of battle. That vision was articulated again, but as reality, in President Obama’s State of the Union Address last week. The president’s call for a more serious approach to the growing threat of full spectrum cyber war, or “cybergeddon,” came just a week before Mandiant, an American cyber security […]

  • 10 States that Gouge the Unemployed (and the Existing Solution)Government, Blog

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    Right now more than 5 million Americans receive unemployment benefits. And right now, in many states a big chunk of those unemployment benefits are going straight to the bottom line profits of the nation’s biggest banks because of junk fees tied to the prepaid cards used to distribute these funds — and there’s an easy fix. While we can’t take banks entirely out of the process, it’s critical they get a smaller piece of the […]

  • Should Obama Pull a ‘W’ on the Obstructionist Assault?Government, Blog

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    I hate to say it, because I wasn’t a fan, but this never would have happened under George W. Bush. There was a president who got what he wanted. “You don’t like this war? Not only am I going to make it happen by hook or yellow-cake crook, I’m going to start another one just to spite you. Protest all you want. This isn’t a popularity contest.” President Obama might want to take a look […]

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