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Biblioteca metropolitană map

Posted by Strainu on October 17, 2008
My Projects, Society / No Comments

A while ago, I discovered the Bucharest City’s Library unofficial blog (now dead). It was written by two guys who wanted to promote reading and borrowing books from the Biblioteca Metropolitană. I wanted to help them, so I made a google map with all the public libraries in Bucharest. The link was in their sidebar for a long time, and I almost forgot about it until a few days ago, when I saw the blog was no more.

I think it would be a shame to just abandon this map, so here is the link to it: the map of all the public libraries in Bucharest / harta sucursalelor bibliotecii metropolitane Bucureşti.

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ANSPDCP – instrucţiuni de utilizare

Posted by Strainu on October 09, 2008
Romana, Society / 5 Comments

Ştiţi ce e ANSPDCP? Probabil că nu. E Autoritatea Naţională de Supraveghere a Prelucrării Datelor cu Caracter Personal. Adică oamenii care ar trebui să se asigure că băncile nu vă vând numerele de cont, siturile nu dau adresele voastre de email, etc…

Nici eu nu ştiam până n-am avut problema asta cu o bancă. Le-am scris eu în iulie că nu sunt mulţumit că toţi clienţii lor mi-au văzut emailul, mi-au răspuns că nu se va mai repeta, dar în august au comis-o din nou.

Aşa am ajuns eu să caut eu ANSPDCP pe net. După ce am citit la legislaţie de mi s-a acrit, am găsit şi pagina care descrie cum se fac plângerile şi, mai important, am aflat că le pot trimite şi prin mail. Găsiţi acolo modele de plângeri pentru dreptul de acces şi intervenţie la datele personale.

Dacă aveţi însă probleme cu înstrăinarea datelor personale (cazul meu) sau orice altceva legat de datele personale, you’re out of luck – trebuie să vă faceţi singuri cererea. 🙂

Plângerea mea arăta aşa:

Către
AUTORITATEA NAŢIONALĂ DE SUPRAVEGHERE
A PRELUCRĂRII DATELOR CU CARACTER PERSONAL
Str. Olari, nr. 32, sector 2, Bucureşti

Subsemnatul …………………….. cu domiciliul/reşedinţa în ……………, str. …………………………….. nr. … bl. ……. sc. … ap. … telefon ……………….., adresa de e-mail ………………………………………., în temeiul art. 25 din Legea nr. 677/2001 pentru protecţia persoanelor cu privire la prelucrarea datelor cu caracter personal şi libera circulaţie a acestor date, vă aduc la cunoştinţă următoarele:

B.T. Asset Management S.A.I. S.A. (BTAM), cu domiciliul/sediul în Cluj-Napoca, Maestro Business Center, B-dul 21 Decembrie 1989 Nr. 104 Etaj 4, a prelucrat ilegal datele mele personale: Nume, Prenume, adresa de email, în următoarele împrejurări: BTAM trimite zilnic, prin email, un raport cu evolutia fondurilor sale de investiţii. Rapoartele din datele de 24.07.2008 si 18.08.2008 contineau la adresa destinatarilor (campul TO al mesajului) toate numele si adresele de email ale destinatarilor, inclusiv numele, prenumele si adresa mea de email. Aceste date pot fi vazute de orice persoana care are acces la acest email. Mentionez ca exista posibilitatea tehnica de a ascunde aceste date, asa cum se intampla in cazul rapoartelor din alte date. In plus, compania nu a mentionat pe niciunul dintre documentele trimise si nici pe situl sau numarul de inregistrare ca operator de date personale.

Declar pe proprie răspundere că obiectul prezentei plângeri nu face obiectul unei acţiuni în justiţie.

Precizez că m-am adresat în prealabil operatorului cu scrisoarea din data de 24.07.2008, însă răspunsul primit nu îl consider satisfăcător din următoarele motive: am fost asigurat ca aparitia adreselor de email in raportul din 24.07.2008 se datoreaza unei erori si ca evenimentul nu se va mai repeta, fapt care in mod evident nu s-a produs.

În dovedirea celor afirmate depun, în copie, următoarele acte: mesajul electronic din 18.08.2008 ce contine datele personale reclamate (fisierul atasat numit “Raport zilnic BTAM 18 august 2008.eml”), precum si mesajul trimis in data de 24.07.2008 si raspunsul primit (de asemenea prin prin posta electronica – fisierul atasat numit “Raspuns BTAM.eml”).

Faţă de cele de mai sus, vă rog să dispuneţi măsurile legale pentru apărarea drepturilor ce îmi sunt recunoscute în baza Legii nr. 677/2001.

Semnatura
Data

ATENŢIE! Trebuie să completaţi în totalitate cererea, mai ales datele personale, altfel ar putea fi considerată anonimă şi clasată. Părţile scrise cu italic sunt specifice cazului meu şi trebuie înlocuite cu problema voastră.

După ce terminaţi de completat, ataşaţi dovezile (scanări ale scrisorilor expediate prin poştă sau fişiere eml în cazul emailurilor) şi trimiteţi mesajul la adresa anspdcp@dataprotection.ro.

Teoretic ar trebui să vă răspundă în 30 de zile, dar cel mai probabil asta nu se va întâmpla. Eu mă resemnasem că nu au acceptat plângerea prin email, dar spre surprinderea mea, azi am primit primul semn: o scrisoare în care sunt informat că plângerea mea a primit un număr de înregistrare în august şi a ajuns de-abia acum la Serviciul Investigaţii, care o va analiza. Acum aştept răspunsul final, să vedem dacă se vor lua ceva măsuri.

Morala: Ştiu că birocraţia din România e criminală, dar câteodată merită să te baţi cu ea 🙂 Dacă aveţi probleme cu datele personale, încercaţi să trimiteţi o plângere prin email – nu vă ia mai mult de jumătate de oră şi cine ştie, poate îi învăţaţi minte pe oamenii pentru care intimitatea voastră nu valorează mare lucru.

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Diferenţe

Posted by Strainu on February 07, 2008
Romana, Society / 1 Comment

N-am prins chiar tot ce vedeţi acolo, dar oricum mă simt 🙂

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The point of no return in Bucharest transportation

Posted by Strainu on December 02, 2007
Society / 2 Comments

It’s not really my thing to write about social problems. But what’s happening in Bucharest from the fall is quickly turning into a disaster. Everybody knew that traffic would turn back to being an inferno and the short relief that summer had brought would not last. But nobody expected the metro to get as crowded as it is.

And it’s not just me, everybody is noticing that even on low times, the trains are full. Some say it’s because of the new trains, other say it’s because of the problems Metrorex had with Alstom, the company which repairs the trains. I haven’t noticed any significant slowdown in the traffic, but obviously the current time between 2 trains (8-12 minutes during non-peak periods) needs to be reduced.

To prove I’m not writing just to pass time, here are two pictures taken by a friend today at Piata Unirii. She said she felt trapped and who can blame her… In the second picture, you can see a passageway that used to be completely empty.
Piata Unirii
Piata Unirii

The City hall and the Ministry of Transportation have to realize that urgent investments are needed in the metro systemso it can cope with all the people that use it every day in the hope they will escape the craziness from the streets above.

UPDATE: Monday morning rush hour at the metro.

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Fuck them

Posted by Strainu on August 19, 2007
Personal, Society / 2 Comments

Today I feel like expressing my sincere hate for:

  • Quelle Romania – it took them 2 month to deliver a very simple order. I understand that the goods had to be shipped from Germany, but even if they brought them by boat, it’s still too long;
  • The council of Giurgiu county – because of the pitiful state of DJ601 from Bolintin to Videle. The craters on the road can very easily destroy a small car – like mine. It seems that the guys that should worry about the roads in the county are more interested in getting rich.

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So until I can say it in person, I’ll say it here: FUCK YOU!

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Proiecte pe scurt

Posted by Strainu on July 16, 2007
Romana, Society / 2 Comments
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How to make a (illegal?) buck

Posted by Strainu on December 13, 2006
Geeks, Society / 2 Comments

I was trying to check my account on an well-known global website specialised in freelance software developement. (Un)fortunately, when I wrote the address in Firefox, I wrote .ro instead of .com. Surprise! The domain is registered by a Ploieşti, România-based company, is active and it offers pretty much the same services as its US counterpart.

After my unfortunate experience with Piatadesoft.ro, I became extremely careful with Romanian software sites, so the first thing I did was to check for the owner’s data. All I could find was a contact form, but no offline contact method. There are no projects on that website just yet, and my sincere hope is that there will never by any. If you read this, I strongly advise you NOT to use their services if they ever become active.

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The Red Cross

Posted by Strainu on December 07, 2006
Society / 3 Comments

Remember about it? It’s the oldest multinational in the world, born in 1863 🙂 Thecrucea rosie romanian branch was created in 1874 and was oficially recognised by the International Red Cross Comitee on the 23rd of August 1876. It’s current activity is more than discrete, but they seem to have helped the victims of the 2006 floods. The TV stations choose to ignore them, prefering to show the donations of certain well-known politicians rather than the collective efforts of the red cross voluteers. They also have a collaboration with Petrom.

YOU can also help, by donating money or by volunteering. You can also spread the word or buy some of their products.
I decided to write this article because the Red Cross calendars was one of the few things offered by the professors that I acceped to spend money on in highschool. The CICR is a very well-known organisation and the Romanian Red Cross Society deserves a simmilar media coverage. Unfortunately this blog is not widely read, so if any of the popular bloggers would like to help spread the word, I would be most grateful 🙂

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Use Google! campaign

Posted by Strainu on September 16, 2006
Jokes&Fun, Society / No Comments

It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I mean, everybody uses it, right? Riiiiight? Well, not quite 😡

After seeing many discussions like this one on a romanian forum and lots of simple searches made for my friends, I decided to start a campaign that should teach the people that they SHOULD search Google before asking stupid questions.

For now, I only have a messenger status (Use Google before asking stupid questions!) and I try to teach my contacts to stop asking simple (a.k.a. dumb) questions.

If you want to help, just use this status:

Use Google befre asking stupid questions! http://blog.strainu.ro/cool-webpages/use-google/

In most IM networks this will send the visitors who click on your status to this page. If you have any ideas on how I could develop this campaign, please let me know.

Oh, by the way, even Bart Simpsons supports this campaign!

Simpsons-google
Image source: Radu Ceuca

Other pictures:

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