Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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At the end of the day if you have nothing to hide then I really do not see the problem!

The problem lies in the fact that every year more and more formerly innocuous acts become criminalized. Soon we'll reach the point where the average person's daily routine causes them to commit multiple misdemeanors and local ordinance violations. Combined with the fact that nearly everything we do, say, and type is being logged, you end up with a situation where extreme leverage can be placed on anyone at the government's whim.

There is also a push in the US law enforcement arena to attempt to charge a suspect with obstruction for exercising their Constitutional right to not self-incriminate.

It's getting quite a bit scary out there.

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