DID YOU HEAR

DID YOU HEAR

' Trademark-challenged. 'Is the FBI aware that the name it chose to replace Carnivore is a registered trademark?' writes an alert GCN reader. 'Take a look at www.isdwhq.com/onecard/dcs1000.html.' The site operated by Integrated Systems Development of Holland, Mich., describes DCS1000'what the FBI is now calling its Carnivore e-mail snooping system'as a proprietary debit card for access control of buildings and campus assets. Imagine the kind of holes the FBI could have blown in Al Capone's assets with a few debit cards. Reader Steve Mencik also points out that the National Security Agency forgot to check trademarks before initially naming its encryption card Tessera'a semiconductor maker's intellectual property. We now know the NSA card as Fortezza. And its Clipper chip? Yet another commercial trademark glitch. Computer Associates International Inc.'s Clipper database language got there first.

' Speaking of Carnivore. It won a Big Brother award last month from Privacy International in Cambridge, Mass. Carnivore was judged the 'most invasive proposal' at the third annual Big Brother awards ceremony. Prize: A statuette called the Orwell. Meanwhile, NSA got the organization's 'lifetime menace' award for the aforementioned Clipper, as well as for its Echelon global surveillance network and '50 years of spying.' ChoicePoint Asset Co. of Atlanta was named 'greatest corporate invader' for selling personal records to police, direct marketers and election officials. Feeling paranoid?

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