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2007

International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy

Dr. Katherine Albrecht to Speak at Montreal

For the next two days, I will join with my colleagues from around the world to inform Canadian, American, and world leaders about new surveillance technologies that put us all at risk. I will be speaking in Montreal, Canada at the following events:

International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Organized by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada September 25 to 28, 2007 //www.privacyconference2007.gc.ca/Terra_Incognita_speakers_E.html

and

Civil Society Privacy Workshop: Privacy Rights in a World Under Surveillance

Organized by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 //www.thepublicvoice.org/events/montreal07/default.html

In my panel talks, I will emphasize the importance of free markets and consumer action as the solution to the "privacy problem." I will ask regulators to give consumers the tools we need to act in our own best interest -- tools like clear labels on all items tagged with RFID.

I will remind decision makers that we have a right to go about our business in peace without corporate and government busybodies remotely pawing through our purses and backpacks. I will tell them that we don't want authoritarians, bureaucrats, ethically challenged corporations, or tech-savvy criminals to track us around the clock -- or at all.

Finally, I will call for an end to the cozy lobbyist-regulator relationships that have undermined the work of citizen-activists worldwide. Although companies like IBM, developer of the RFID-reading "Person Tracking Unit," may have deeper pockets and fewer scruples than the citizens it proposes to spy on, we have greater numbers and far greater passion.

Below is a press release from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announcing the event. You will note that I have the dubious distinction of being mentioned in the same paragraph as Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. When I see him, I'll send him your regards -- and ask why he is so intent on creating a police state in America.

Wish me well!

In freedom, Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.


Attention News/Assignment Editors:

Media Advisory - International privacy experts meet in Montreal OTTAWA, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec //www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/09-20-2007/0004666855&EDATE=

The world's top privacy experts are meeting in Montreal this week to explore emerging new threats to privacy.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is hosting the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, the key international privacy event each year, from September 25th to 28th.

Workshops will address privacy in the context of public safety, globalization, Radio Frequency Identification, children and the Internet, location-based tracking, data mining, Internet crime and many other topics. Leading international experts on all of these topics are attending the conference.

Speakers include US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who will give a keynote address on privacy and public security; Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer; author and privacy and security expert Bruce Schneier, prominent consumer privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht as well as global privacy campaigners such as Simon Davies of Privacy International.

The conference program, full list of speakers and backgrounder describing conference topics in more detail are available at //www.privacyconference2007.gc.ca

For further information: Colin McKay, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, (613) 995-0103, cmckay@privcom.gc.ca


ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail spectrum.


ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips" is the winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical acclaim. Authored by recent Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched. "Spychips" draws on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing -- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book remains lively, readable, and hilarious, according to critics, who have called it a "techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

"A chilling story about an emerging future in which spychips run amok as Big Brother and Big Shopkeeper invade our privacy in unprecedented ways.”" - Chicago Tribune

"Paints a 1984-ish picture of how corporations would like to use RFID tags to keep tabs on you." - The Associated Press


CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance schemes since 1999

//www.spychips.com/ //www.nocards.org/

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Norwegian Radiation Chairman Protests Pending Ban of MRI in European Union

EU Directive 2004/40/EC Effectively Halts Use of MRI in All EU Member States

Read More...
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Cancer specialists warn EU directive puts MRI benefits at risk
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Diffusez, Disseminate Information.

- Edition spéciale CHU: Le Président Norvégien de l’Agence des rayonnements proteste contre la réglementation de l’Union Européenne concernant les IRM.
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- Special edition hospital: Norwegian Radiation Chairman Protests Pending Ban of MRI in European Union.
//www.next-up.org/Newsoftheworld/IRM.php

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Onkologen: EG-Richtlinie gefährdet Kernspintomografie
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ICNIRP exposure limits in conflict with the MRI industry
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MRI and EMF standards: When is enough enough?
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Doctors cancer cluster

What causes cancer to the hospital workers?

Maariv newspaper
25.9.07

By Ela Harnoi and Hila Alroi

Haifa's Carmel hospital workers are scared: lately there has been found a large number of cancer cases, especially on one of the top floors of the main building. Part of the workers are afraid that the cause is the cellular antenna which is erected near this floor. The hospital opened an investigation. Among the patients: the department manager, a unit manager, nurses and official physicians. In one of the cases, the department manager left the hospital after he got sick and the person who came instead of him got sick too. At least 5 team members of the same floor got cancer, and additional number of doctors and nurses of other floors. Among the diseases: pancreas cancer, liver, lymphoma, breast cancer, multiple myloma and brain tumors. The team was worried for some time about the cancer morbidity that seems to be abnormal, and during the last two weeks another case was discovered in a nurse who works at the same floor where other team members got sick.

The hospital manager, Dr. Hen Shapira, asked prof Gadi Renart, manager of the cancer control center at the General Health Services and manager of department of community and epidemiology in the Carmel medical center, to start investigating the cases. "During these days accurate data is collected in order to check whether there is excess of morbidity than expected" explained prof Renart yesterday. Part of the workers blame the cellular antenna which is located near one of the floors where large number of cancer cases was discovered. But prof Renart says, "the thought that the cause is an antenna is probably not realistic, because according to the scientific knowledge that was gathered until today, there is no proof that antennas cause cancer. In the health professions there is an exposure to many substances that can cause cancer, in addition they are exposed to diseases which can weaken the immune system". According to Dr. Avi Rotshild, a department manager, who got cancer, it is a coincidence:"I would never come back to work in a floor that will endanger my health, and I gladly returned to work at the department after my recovery. I served in the Kishon [[chemically polluted stream where soldiers dive]] and it is impossible to know where the cancer came from" Dr. Rotschild told that nurses and doctors who worked at his depatrment came to him: "I have total belief that it is a very weird coincidence and each member of the team who came to me received all possible information" Within 3 weeks the hospital workers will gather for a team meeting. The workers are very afraid but according to Renart, "even if there will be found an excess of morbidity, relatively than the expected in the population, it is possible that the investigation will end in with dead end, as happens many times".

From the hospital it was said that "the management is committed and acts to insure the safety of the hospital environment according to the law guidlines, and even beyond it. Radiation measurements are done once a year. The latest ionizing radiation check was done in August". More it was said that the cancers which were found are of many types, which reduces the chance that the morbidity was caused by the one cause.


Informant: Iris Atzmon



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