Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jul 2013 16:32 UTC
Legal "The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users' private Web communications from eavesdropping. These demands for master encryption keys, which have not been disclosed previously, represent a technological escalation in the clandestine methods that the FBI and the National Security Agency employ when conducting electronic surveillance against Internet users." Well. "And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillence coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission." When quoting a work of fiction befits the state of reality better than reality itself, shit has officially hit the fan.
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RE[3]: Saw this coming...
by WorknMan on Fri 26th Jul 2013 00:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Saw this coming..."
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If you are OK with the governments having access to all your data, how about remotely-controlled cameras and microphones in every room of your apartment or home?! That is also coming, I can hear it now, "Think of the children!"

I didn't say I was ok with the government having access to all of my data. I said I don't care if they have acccess to stuff I have posted online, because I don't post stuff that I wouldn't want them looking at. Doesn't mean I'm HAPPY about it, but I don't lose sleep over it either.

To use an analogy, when I'm at work, I might leave a pen unattended on my desk, because I really don't care if it gets stolen. Does that mean that someone has the right to come and take it, or that I would be ok with them doing so? Of course not, esp if I bought it. But if somebody does take it, I'm not going to complain to HR and start going desk-to-desk to find out who took it.

Would I be as nonchalant about somebody taking a $500 Rolex off my desk, assuming I had one? Of course not. On the other hand, I wouldn't leave something like that out on purpose, and then get pissed when somebody takes it. If I need to leave it at my desk, I lock it in a drawer. I tend to treat online data the same way. If you don't want people (whether it be the government or somebody else), looking through your shit, don't post it on somebody else's server. THAT is the message we should be sending to people.

Edited 2013-07-26 00:44 UTC

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