The California DMV has rejected Opendns founder David Ulevitch's application for an "1NFOS3C" vanity license plate because it includes "a term of lust or depravity."
The state agency, which warehouses potentially compromising data on tens of millions of Americans, experienced at least one breach in recent years -- this latest judgment suggests that the agency is still struggling to come to grips with the nuances of information security.
1NFOS3C, a term of lust or depravity, not coming to a license plate near you. 🤔🤔🤔. No thanks to @CA_DMV. 😡 [David Ulevitch/Twitter]
California DMV Rejects 1NFOS3C Vanity Plate Because Of 'Sexual Connotation'
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The revelation that Google had been secretly creating a censored, surveilling search product (codenamed Project Dragonfly) in order to re-enter the Chinese market prompted more than 1,000 googlers to sign a letter of protest and a high-ranking resignation from the one of company's top scientists.
Google's Project Dragonfly was a secret prototype search engine intended to pave the way for the company's return to China; it featured censored search results that complied with Chinese state rules banning searches for topics like "human rights," "student protest" and "Nobel prize."
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