Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2012 17:19 UTC
Legal "A leaked document from the CleanIT project shows just how far internal discussions in that initiative have drifted away from its publicly stated aims, as well as the most fundamental legal rules that underpin European democracy and the rule of law. The European Commission-funded CleanIT project claims that it wants to fight terrorism through voluntary self-regulatory measures that defends the rule of law. The initial meetings of the initiative, with their directionless and ill-informed discussions about doing 'something' to solve unidentified online 'terrorist' problems were mainly attended by filtering companies, who saw an interesting business opportunity. Their work has paid off, with numerous proposals for filtering by companies and governments, proposals for liability in case sufficiently intrusive filtering is not used, and calls for increased funding by governments of new filtering technologies." I'll just leave a link here to one of the most popular OSNews articles of all time.
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Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

I'll say it anyway:

The problem is not the government spying on the population.

The problem is the government spying on the population, and the population being unable to legally spy back. IMO there's a balance of privacy between government and population at large. If one side or the other holds all the privacy cards, you get serious problems.

Perhaps a better way to put it is that privacy is a kind of power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely - both in the case of individuals, and the case of governments.

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