Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
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RE[6]: Hmmm
by M.Onty on Wed 8th Dec 2010 20:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Hmmm"
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Since they work for us, they have absolutely no right to privacy or a right to keep things from us.

Constitutions are a little more complicated than that. I don't know much about the States, but the relationship between the people, their representatives and the Crown (or, more generally, the state) in Britain is highly ambiguous. It is far from clear that the people have complete power over their leaders.

My guess would be that in the USA the people can legally choose who holds these powers (such as president), but do not have a clear legal freedom to dictate their actions once chosen. Assuming I'm on the right track, that is not a simple employer and employee relationship and shouldn't be thought of as such.

If I'm not on the right track, I would argue that employees still have a right to privacy under certain sensitive circumstances. You paying someone to do something does not automatically give your the right to know how they did it and---back to Wikileaks---what confidential conversations they had with other professionals whilst doing it.

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