US Border Agents Violate Rights & Privacy? Google Chrome has Spy Software, Inheriting Frequent Flier Miles

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Roundup: Articles From Around the Web

Here are some posts from around the web that I thought you may find interesting.  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at Mark@milestomemories.com.

Articles

I’M A JOURNALIST BUT I DIDN’T FULLY REALIZE THE TERRIBLE POWER OF U.S. BORDER OFFICIALS UNTIL THEY VIOLATED MY RIGHTS AND PRIVACY – The Intercept

This brings up an interesting question.  Should you have constitutional rights when attempting to enter the country?  Even if you are a citizen or do those rights begin once you actually gain lawful entry?

I will say not being a smart ass would be a good decision to make when dealing with entry into any country. I didn’t think asking the question about what the story was about was outside the lines. If he had answered it he probably would have been on his way.

They did end up taking it too far in my opinion and the courts need to decide what power border agents should actually have.  I am glad my secondary screening was nothing like this!

Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software – The Washington Post

I use Chrome as my dedicated browser but maybe I need to rethink that.

A Thorny Inheritance Issue: Frequent-Flier Miles – The Wall Street Journal

I am glad to see airlines starting to back off of this.  Frequent flyer miles were earned and have a value so I think they should be able to be passed on.  Most people just use them to book flights for others once the account holder passes away.  Burn them down versus going through the paperwork etc.  But if they made it easier then I think more people would go the legit route.

If you can not get through the subscription wall you can try finding the article on their Facebook page etc. because that tends to allow you to read it without a subscription.

Notable quote from article:
“American and United airlines say in their program rules that miles aren’t transferable, except they may, at their discretion, do so after a member dies with proper documentation, like a death certificate or executed will, and payment of fees. Spokespeople for both airlines say they have stopped collecting fees in recent years. United says it’s going to update its terms and conditions to remove fees in cases of death.”
Jet Blue Sale – Thanks for the tip from Bethany at Bougie Miles

Conclusion

Which article did you find most interesting?  Remember to let me know of anything you come across that you want added into the next edition at Mark@milestomemories.com.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Google is evil, plain and simple. What’s so insidious is that they lure people in through convenience, being “free”, and laziness. Personally, I don’t mind being tracked by the government, since I figure the government is inept, but I have no such illusions about Google.

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