Friday, October 29, 2010

UHawaii allowed release of social security numbers of 40,000 students

AP noted:

University officials told the AP that a faculty member inadvertently uploaded files containing the information to an unprotected server on Nov. 30, 2009, exposing the names, academic performance, disabilities and other sensitive information of 40,101 students who attended the flagship Manoa campus from 1990 to 1998 and in 2001. A handful of students from the West Oahu campus were included in the security breach.

This confirms the reality that --just because someone says something will be treated confidentially does not mean that it will be treated confidentially.--

Nondisclosure agreements and the like should be contemplated in that context.

Note post at Chicago IP Litigation Blog:

A jury previously returned a verdict finding Sears liable for breach of a nondisclosure agreement and misappropriation of RRK's trade secret related to its spiral saw


Sears prevails against Cargill over road de-icer patent
: Sears [not that Sears!] claimed that Cargill officials stole its secret formula after officials from the two companies met in July 1999 to talk about a possible partnership.

See previous IPBiz post

Prosecutions under the 1996 Economic Espionage Act (EEA)
concerning the text beginning with:

Shanshan Du joined GM as an engineer in 2000, signing an agreement to protect proprietary information created or obtained during her employment.

See previous IPBiz post

New Jersey Supreme Court protects social security numbers

***In passing, on fraudulent nondisclosure of information, see Schaller v. Golden Sky, 298 F.3d 736

***UPDATE. As to Obama birth certificate.

from a post on 18 January 2011:

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.

Abercrombie told the Honolulu Star Advertiser he was searching within the Hawaii Department of Health to find definitive vital records that would prove Obama was born in Hawaii, because the continuing eligibility controversy could hurt the president's chances of re-election in 2012.

Trump brings media blitz to NBC, ‘steamrolls’ Meredith Vieira on birther issue

Obama's birth certificate: Final chapter

Second thoughts about that birth certificate which includes

Obama defenders say that the he did release his birth certificate, making the entire argument moot. That is true ... sort of. In June 2008, the Obama campaign released of a "certification of live birth," which was examined and photographed by

The document lists the birth of Barack Hussein Obama II on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. However, critical information often contained in an original birth certificate, including physician and hospital of delivery, is missing. explains why:

"The document is a 'certification of birth,' also known as a short-form birth certificate. The long form is drawn up by the hospital and includes additional information such as birth weight and parents' hometowns. The short form is printed by the state and draws from a database with fewer details. ... We tried to ask the Hawaii DOH why they only offer the short form, among other questions, but they have not given a response."

AND a comment with text:

I needed my BC for my passport. I was born in September of 1961, just 1 month after Obama. I skipped down to my Health Dept and asked for my BC, was given something very closely resembling what Hawaii gives. NO GO! State Department promptly returned it to me and told me to go get a long-form. I went back to my Health Dept and told them, and they said - of course you have to have your long-form for a passport, why didn't you tell us you were applying for it. So 2 hours and $40 some dollars later, I walked out with a certified copy of my long-form BC - sent it off and got my Passport.


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