Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
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RE: Stasi
by bousozoku on Fri 11th Dec 2009 10:07 UTC in reply to "Stasi"
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Today I was reading up again on the sequence of events as the Berlin wall fell and how the eastern bloc countries liberated themselves from their oppressive governments. I remember this all happening in 89, one country at a time but had forgotten the details.

Anyway the scary part was to come much later as citizens in each country eventually were able to read their secret files and no computers were used for any of this. Its scary to think we are all open books to some degree. It almost makes me want to go offline but then I'd be ignorant of the world events.

I vaguely remember some situation in the 1970s where the FBI had gotten involved with someone; pulled him out of bed during the night, and had more information on his life than he practically knew himself.

I only hope my life is more interesting to some government group than it is to me.

I'm so glad I don't live in Singapore. There was an incident over a year ago where a man and woman were arrested for being naked in their own home but the neighbour who photographed them was not arrested since he reported the crime. Yes, it's against the law to be naked in your home.

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