Friday, April 15, 2005


Bills Gone Wild HB 3245: Closing Meetings About Computer Security

This week's Austin Chronicle highlighted some "good" and "bad" bills (p.24):
"So, we offer a tantalizing tease, by no means exhaustive..."
Princeton Professor Ed Felten blogs about Texas HB 3245 and says:
Computer security is a topic on which Texas, or any state or national government, needs all the help it can get.

That bill is too weak. If passed, it will only entice activists to file open records requests under the FOIA.

For example, some state agencies monitor internet use with tracking software such as WebSense. What many people don't realize is they, as public citizens, have a right to request any and all of the information gathered. All one would have to do is state in writing that under the freedom of information act, he is requesting a list of all websites visited by all employees of Z agency from X date to Y date.

As far as I know, no one has done this yet. I am sure it would create quite a stir!
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