CANON CITY, Colo., Dec. 10 (UPI) — A Colorado mother said her 6-year-old son has “sexual harassment” on his record for kissing a girl he feels mutual affection for on the hand.
Jennifer Saunders said her son, Hunter Yelton, a first grader in Canon City, was suspended from school for the entire day Monday because of an incident that took place in class last week, KRDO-TV, Colorado Springs, reported Tuesday.
"It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened," Hunter Yelton said.
Saunders said her son and the girl he kissed have a mutual affection for each other.
"She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said ‘sexual harassment’. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a 6 year old. Now my son is asking questions. … what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a 6 year old," Saunder said.
Officials with School District RE-1 said the boy’s actions fit the district’s definition of sexual harassment. They said school records remain within the district.
This is feminist policy in effect, teaching boys how not to be a rapist.
California’s Silicon Valley is set to lose up to $35bn (£21bn) in revenue as companies and citizens use computer services in other nations to avoid snooping by US intelligence agencies, a new study has suggested.
In a report for the Washington DC-based Information Technology & Innovation Foundation think tank, senior analyst Daniel Castro said America’s “entire tech industry has been implicated and is now facing a global backlash”.
The possible loss, which covers the next three years, is based on the assumption that many companies outside the US will buy services in other countries rather than risk copies of their data being turned over to the US government.
Good news! The U.S. Government’s heavy handed spying techniques cause more destruction! Meanwhile, most people are too busy debating whether or not we should be spying on ourselves, completely ignoring the immorality of it in the first place, further ignoring the very reason they feel the need to spy on us is because the U.S. government is picking fights around the world.
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
The agency’s internal presentation slides, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that when companies follow consumers on the Internet to better serve them advertising, the technique opens the door for similar tracking by the government. The slides also suggest that the agency is using these tracking techniques to help identify targets for offensive hacking operations.
For years, privacy advocates have raised concerns about the use of commercial tracking tools to identify and target consumers with advertisements. The online ad industry has said its practices are innocuous and benefit consumers by serving them ads that are more likely to be of interest to them.
The revelation that the NSA is piggybacking on these commercial technologies could shift that debate, handing privacy advocates a new argument for reining in commercial surveillance.
According to the documents, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, are using the small tracking files or “cookies” that advertising networks place on computers to identify people browsing the Internet. The intelligence agencies have found particular use for a part of a Google-specific tracking mechanism known as the “PREF” cookie. These cookies typically don’t contain personal information, such as someone’s name or e-mail address, but they do contain numeric codes that enable Web sites to uniquely identify a person’s browser.
In addition to tracking Web visits, this cookie allows NSA to single out an individual’s communications among the sea of Internet data in order to send out software that can hack that person’s computer. The slides say the cookies are used to “enable remote exploitation,” although the specific attacks used by the NSA against targets are not addressed in these documents.
Separately, the NSA is also using commercially gathered information to help it locate mobile devices around the world, the documents show. Many smartphone apps running on iPhones and Android devices, and the Apple and Google operating systems themselves, track the location of each device, often without a clear warning to the phone’s owner. This information is more specific than the broader location data the government is collecting from cellular phone networks, as reported by the Post last week.
“On a macro level, ‘we need to track everyone everywhere for advertising’ translates into ‘the government being able to track everyone everywhere,’” says Chris Hoofnagle, a lecturer in residence at UC Berkeley Law. “It’s hard to avoid.”
These specific slides do not indicate how the NSA obtains Google PREF cookies or whether the company cooperates in these programs, but other documents reviewed by the Post indicate that cookie information is among the data NSA can obtain with a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act order. If the NSA gets the data that way, the companies know and are legally compelled to assist.
The NSA declined to comment on the specific tactics outlined in this story, but an NSA spokesman sent the Post a statement: “As we’ve said before, NSA, within its lawful mission to collect foreign intelligence to protect the United States, uses intelligence tools to understand the intent of foreign adversaries and prevent them from bringing harm to innocent Americans.”
Google declined to comment for this article, but chief executive Larry Page joined the leaders of other technology companies earlier this week in calling for an end to bulk collection of user data and for new limits on court-approved surveillance requests. “The security of users’ data is critical, which is why we’ve invested so much in encryption and fight for transparency around government requests for information,” Page said in a statement on the coalition’s Web site. “This is undermined by
the apparent wholesale collection of data, in secret and without independent oversight, by many governments around the world.”
How consumers are tracked online
Internet companies store small files called cookies on users’ computers to uniquely identify them for ad-targeting and other purposes across many different Web sites. This advertising-driven business model pays for many of the services, like e-mail accounts, that consumers have come to expect to have for free. Yet few are aware of the full extent to which advertisers, services and Web sites track their activities across the Web and mobile devices. These data collection mechanisms are invisible to all but the most sophisticated users — and the tools to opt-out or block them have limited effectiveness.
Privacy advocates have pushed to create a “Do Not Track” system allowing consumers to opt out of such tracking. But Jonathan Mayer of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, who has been active in that push, says “Do Not Track efforts are stalled out.” They ground to a halt when the Digital Advertising Alliance, a trade group representing online ad companies, abandoned the effort in September after clashes over the proposed policy. One of the primary issues of contention was whether consumers would be able to opt out of all tracking, or just not be served advertisements based on tracking.
Some browsers, such as Apple’s Safari, automatically block a type of code known as “third-party cookies,” which are often placed by companies that advertise on the site being visited. Other browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox are also experimenting with that idea. But such settings won’t prevent users from receiving cookies directly from the primary sites they visit or services they use.
Google’s PREF Cookie
Google assigns a unique PREF cookie anytime someone’s browser makes a connection to any of the company’s Web properties or services. This can occur when consumers directly use Google services such as Search or Maps, or when they visit Web sites that contain embedded “widgets” for the company’s social media platform Google Plus. That cookie contains a code that allows Google to uniquely track users to “personalize ads” and measure how they use other Google products.
Given the widespread use of Google services and widgets, most Web users are likely to have a Google PREF cookie even if they’ve never visited a Google property directly.
That PREF cookie is specifically mentioned in an internal NSA slide, which reference the NSA using GooglePREFID, their shorthand for the unique numeric identifier contained within Google’s PREF cookie. Special Source Operations (SSO) is an NSA division that works with private companies to scoop up data as it flows over the Internet’s backbone and from technology companies’ own systems. The slide indicates that SSO was sharing information containing “logins, cookies, and GooglePREFID” with another NSA division called Tailored Access Operations, which engages in offensive hacking operations. SSO also shares the information with the British intelligence agency GCHQ.
“This shows a link between the sort of tracking that’s done by Web sites for analytics and advertising and NSA exploitation activities,” says Ed Felten, a computer scientist at Princeton University. “By allowing themselves to be tracked for analytic or advertising at least some users are making themselves more vulnerable to exploitation.”
This isn’t the first time Google cookies have been highlighted in the NSA’s attempts to identify targets to hack. A presentation released in October by the Guardian called “Tor Stinks” indicates that the agency was using cookies for DoubleClick.net, Google’s third-party advertising service, in an attempt to identify users of the Internet anonymization tool Tor when they switched to regular browsing. “It’s similar in the sense that you see the use of an unique ID in the cookie to allow an eavesdropper to connect the activities of a user over time,” says Felten.
"Walking Dead" actress pleads guilty to ricin letters sent to Obama
Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of a toxin for use as a weapon, prosecutors said in a statement.
She could be sentenced to up to life in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
Richardson, an actress, was accused of sending the letters earlier this year.
QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - An Arizona man says he has found out the hard way just how to get banned from Walmart for life.
Joe Cantrell loves to ad match.
He goes through circulars to find the biggest discounts, and then goes to Walmart.
According to the company’s website, they match the lowest advertised price on identical products, but when Joe tried doing that last week, the unthinkable happened.
What started as a trip to a San Tan Valley, Ariz., Walmart to get ornaments for his family’s Christmas tree, turned into the biggest nightmare of Joe’s life.
"I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart," Joe remembers.
And, there’s a chance, Joe just may be the most loyal Walmart shopper you’ve ever met.
Joe told us he visits the mega-retailer at least twice a day — once in the morning with his grandmother, and then again in the evening.
"I just love Walmart and that’s why I go," he laughs.
Because to Joe, every little dollar counts.
"Sorry I get a little emotional about this, because I’m disabled," he says.
After eight years in the ring as a professional wrestler and lots of injuries, “I can’t do what I used to do for a living anymore,” he says.
So, four months ago, he started ad matching. But last week when a Walmart employee told him it wasn’t allowed, Joe complained to management.
"When I left, he turned around and called the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and said he felt intimidated and threatened. I was upset, but never once did I say anything to the gentleman," Joe says of the incident.
Joe says when he went back to Walmart four days later, three deputies handcuffed him, gave him a court summons and a notice banning him from any Walmart in the world for life.
"I felt shamed. I felt like I was the bad guy. And I know I’m not a bad guy," he says.
The deputies apparently agreed. Joe says when they realized the nature of the complaint, they let him go.
"They saw a grown man cry like a baby," Joe says. "Probably because I knew I would be able to go home to my family and finish that Christmas tree."
Joe wasn’t arrested, but he says he’s facing charges of threatening, intimidation and disorderly conduct. He has no attorney and he’s still banned from Walmart for life.
Sister station ABC15 reached out to Wal-mart, but the company never responded to the request for comment.
Joe says he if knew ad matching was going to cause this, he just would have paid the extra money.
IM NEVER EVER GONNA GET OVER THIS.
I love his reaction
MUCH GENTLEMAN, LOOK AT HOW HE JUST ACCEPTS IT AND LAUGHS. HE ISN’T GROSSED OUT, HE REALIZES THAT IT’S COMPLETELY NORMAL, LIKE WOWOW FOUR FOR YOU JOSH, FOUR FOR YOU
Who would be grossed out?
Oh wow. You hold men up to such great accomplishments. You mean to tell me that armpit hair on women is natural? And this guy knew it? Yeah, that knowledge totally makes him a gentleman. In fact, no rapist in the history of the world ever knew that one.