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FTC against music teachers

06 Dec FTC “Keying” in on Music Teachers; Strikes a “Chord”

In case you didn’t quite get that the FTC and the rest of their ilk are a bunch of bloodless bastards….feast your eyes on this.   Truly shocking….and every commissioner, Republican or Democrat, is just fine with it.  Some stories are so over the top the general public and mainstream media dismiss them as hyperbole, thus shooting the messenger.  My message: Believe it, it could happen to you, and it won’t stop until you take a stand.  Don’t believe what your  government says, watch what it does.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303562904579224251626379422

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18 Sep Critics tell FTC to back off on data security complaints

 

The agency has no specific data security rules and operates from a vague statute, critics say

The FTC should back away from authority it says it has under a vague section of law that doesn’t mention data security, said the critics, including Mike Daugherty, CEO of Atlanta diagnostic lab LabMD, which is fighting an FTC complaint.

The agency should instead seek specific authority to enforce data security rules from the U.S. Congress and should define what data security standards it expects from companies, instead of seeking sanctions on a case-by-case basis, said speakers during a discussion on FTC authoritysponsored by TechFreedom, an antiregulation think tank, and Cause of Action, a government watchdog group defending LabMD.

The FTC’s complaint against the small lab wasn’t based on established rules that agency officials could point to, Daugherty said.

The FTC, instead of looking for real consumer harm, seems to be saying, “We’re going to take one victim and going to hold them accountable,” said Gerry Stegmeier, a privacy and data security lawyer.

 

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17 Sep Meet Michael Daugherty in Las Vegas September 18th

Network Security 2013 come meet Michael Daugherty and hear about his story.

InfoSec Vertigo: Small Medical Lab Wages War Against InfoSec Vendor, US Government, and Big DC Law Firm

  • Benjamin Wright and Michael Daugherty, President of LabMD
  • Wednesday, September 18th, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Chilling true story: Aggressive infosec vendor magically acquires patient file from small medical lab, then campaigns for a hefty fee to ‘remedy’ the problem. Lab refuses to pay; vendor conveniently gives the file to US Federal Trade Commission, saying it was compromised in a security breach. Years of investigation and litigation ensue. Learn how our legal system separates fact, fiction, and ego in a modern cyber security incident.”

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16 Sep Washington Journal talks about Michael Daugherty and his FTC fight

 

LabMD CEO Michael Daugherty fights ‘The Devil Inside the Beltway’

 

Photo by Kent Hoover Michael Daugherty, CEO of LabMD, talks about his company's battle with the Federal Trade Commission at a briefing held by Tech Freedom and Cause of Action.

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Michael Daugherty, CEO of LabMD, talks about his company’s battle with the Federal Trade Commission at a briefing held by Tech Freedom and Cause of Action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might think that LabMD is fighting a lonely battle against the Federal Trade Commission — most businesses accused by the agency of failing to “reasonably protect” the security of its customers’ data settle their cases. But LabMD not only is challenging the FTC’s complaint, its CEO also is using this case to make a point about out-of-control regulators. He’s written a book, “The Devil Inside the Beltway,” and he’s found allies in Washington, D.C. On Thursday he was the star panelist at a briefing held by Tech Freedom and Cause of Action, two organizations that question the FTC’s approach to data security.
Business owner: Michael Daugherty, president and founder of LabMD, a 25-employee medical testing lab in Atlanta.
FTC complaint: The agency last month filed a complaint accusing LabMD of failing to “take reasonable and appropriate measures to prevent unauthorized disclosure of sensitive consumer data.” Billing data, including Social Security numbers, for more than 9,000 patients of LabMD were found on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, and LabMd documents containing sensitive personal information were found in the hands of identity thieves in 2012.
How the breach occurred: Daugherty said he learned of the problem when a cybersecurity firm contacted him in 2008 and said it saw one of LabMD’s billing files on a peer-to-peer network. LabMD had firewalls and servers to protect customers’ data, but one of its employees violated company policy and installed Limewire, a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, on her computer in order to listen to music. This made the billing information on her computer available to outsiders. Daugherty said LabMD immediately corrected this vulnerability when it discovered it.

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03 Jul Snowden seems to have Obama snowed in…for now…until the dictators are done brain draining Snowden.

Yes we scan obama joke

 

Life sure keeps surprising me. I have been writing a book about government surveillance and overreach since early 2012 and Snowden takes over the media headlines about government surveillance and overreach. What interesting timing.

The world just rolls their eyes at the United States. Despots love to have their ass kissed.  They immediately associate the ass kisser is muscle bound, right? Wrong. This is a kindergarten school yard lesson that should have been learned long ago, not one for the world stage. It is way past time to wake up and leave never never land.

Nothing is more important to Barack Obama, as it is with most second term presidents, than his narcissistic historical image…NOTHING. Of course, now that he has been spit in the eye by Putin, ignored by China, dismissed in Africa (except he did stop to meet George and Laura Bush), and had his privacy pants pulled down  by Assange, he has only one way left to project the illusion that he is a leader in control. That would be to play the “no biggie” card.

The “oh well, let’s forget this” trick has been played sooooo many times by the White House you can feel the temperature in the press room rise due to the collective yawn. Let’s forget…Benghazi…let’s forget…James Rosen…let’s forget…the IRS…let’s forget…rising energy prices…let’s remember that is still George Bush’s fault.

Still, President Pied Piper still has plenty of followers skipping down the lane thinking he is just great. That is much easier than the painful trip to “I guess I was wrong” avenue.  Selective perception, memory loss, and narcissism are still in abundant supply in this country. But many of us do have accurate perceptions, our memories are fine, and we demand a leader, not a flute player.

You built it, Mr. President. Now own it, adjust your game plan, grow a pair, and lead us out of this mess. If you want the image in your historical mirror to be pretty you better make some changes. You won’t be able to spin history like you do every day events.  You are running out of time. We are running out of patience.

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11 Jun What is Really Going on When a Government Agency Comes Knocking on Your Door? (Part 2)

picking right back up where I left off in my last post…

Stage three: Find their favorite “violator”.Michael J. Daugherty What to do when a Government agency comes knocking at your door

There are typically two types of victims; those too vulnerable to fight back or those so big they will sign whatever the Feds want just to make them go away. Don’t play along and the Feds will start their slow burn of consuming your time and money. Most of the time big corporations can withstand the assault on their reputation, so they take the hit and roll over. (Justice, truth, fairness?…..oh grow up)

The Feds rarely want to go to court because they may lose. The corporations don’t want to battle the bottomless pit of taxpayer money that the Feds will waste.  Nor are they keen to lose their focus on their responsibilities to customers and shareholders.  This rationalizes a settlement where “they admit no wrongdoing”. The world will forget. The experience is chalked up to bad luck and the cost of doing business. The Feds get to take the bone to Congress and their bosses pretending they actually achieved something. Everyone goes on their merry way in this latest episode of “Short Attention Span Theater”.  There are rarely trials or outside parties giving objective opinion of these shenanigans.

Once the government actors get all puffed up with their entitled superiority of saviors of the world, they know no shame. Their sense of justice numbed ages before, they start picking on the small and vulnerable. Their path of destruction goes hidden as many are left for dead, but occasionally a small champion will survive, stand up, and say no. The EPA had their typical day as professional bully on brief display when the Supreme Court slapped them down 9-0 when they picked on and destroyed an Idaho couple. See this video on Obama’s corrupt EPA

Stage Four:  Killing the few survivors that dare fight back.

The narcissists that fill our agencies are very threatened by the very idea of their balloon of superiority being popped when anyone dares challenge them.  They will go in for the kill just to squash anyone else from getting the same idea. Perversely, they find these little people with nerve almost cute. The case itself becomes irrelevant. Now we are talking their keeping their stick as big as they want it to be, so the Feds become hell bent on showing the world what they do to people that have the gall to stand up to them. Yes, it is a steep mountain to justice when fighting the Feds. They do everything they can to keep you inside their agency, and Congress and the Judiciary enable these torture tactics. You might as well check off every internal administrative appeal and objection as a requirement to go through before the Judicial system will pay attention to you. After all, they may be different branches of government, but they are all part of the same team.

Once you have gotten to the courts, assuming you won the lottery and got a decent judge, you may have a chance. The price of getting to this point in the game is probably no less than a quarter of a million dollars. Take a breath. You are still in the fifth inning.

Now the game has changed from “Your unlucky number has been pulled for an inquiry” to “The Constitution is only for high school civics class”.  The Feds will continue to drain you dry all the way to the Supreme Court. By this point, few salmon survive the swim this far upstream.

Stage Five: The rare champion that stands victorious gets forgotten.

Should you win the game after years of running in the US Government marathon you can expect one final strategy from our overreaching team of zombies: Ignore the messenger. Their delicate egos unable to comprehend the utter fraud of their life’s mission, they will wall off any memory of your existence and return to stone silence. Lawyers will come and go, join a DC law firm, keep the silence, and new spawns of academia will enter the system to continue their miles wide and inch deep mission. Bone chilling.

This won’t stop until we realize that power mongering is neither a corporate condition nor a government condition. It is a human condition. The founding fathers knew that. Do we?

 

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08 May What is really going on when a government agency comes knocking on your door? [Part 1]

Oh what I know now that I wish I knew back in 2008. Allow me to sum it up.

If a government agency comes a knockin’ at your door, don’t answer it. Make them work work, work, work for it. If they are in your space, trust me, they already think you are guilty. They are just checking off their “formality” list before they knock you on your ass.

Here’s how they do it.

Stage one: Congress creates a government agency to run out and save the world.

These congressional offspring give themselves self-righteous titles that imply you are a heartless villain and the justification for their existence if you disagree with them. Agencies love to play good cop vs. bad guy. In their theater the only role left for you to play is villain.

Among their favorite Oscar winning roles:

Protector of the environment
Protector of the consumer
Protector of the internet (currently playing in DC as we speak)What is really going on when a government agency comes knocking on your door? [Part 1]
Protector of the patient
Protector of the borders

Stage two:  Chock the departments full of lawyers and zealots that have rarely, if ever, worked in the worlds they regulate. This is the main reason they believe their own crap. Sort of like thinking you know everything about France because you have read about it but have never actually been there. They dig around in their sandbox for someone they can make an example of.  They don’t have the resources or time to go after everyone they think is guilty. In their minds that would be everyone. They use the terrible stench of fear to scare those they don’t attack.

In my next post I’ll finish stages 3-5 and address how they handle the victims and those who dare to fight back!

 

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