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  •  Exactly right (1+ / 0-)
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    No one gets out alive

    The only way to protect your privacy online is to not do anything that you want to keep private on line. The only secure system is one that has no connection to any other system.
    I grew up in a family that held security clearances from the forties to the eighties. My grandfather told me "never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't say directly in front of a cop". It doesn't matter what the law is, "Law Enforcement" or "National Security" is going to have access to your communications.
    While I would fight this further incursion, simply because it embolden's Government to go deeper, it's the private sector that worries me.
    They buy and sell your information, hold it in insecure networks, "lose" it, get hacked, et cetera. And that information, like your medical and financial records are more likely to be used to your disadvantage than some conversation you had on twitter, unless it was with Bin Laden.
    Any data that you store outside of your own drive, might as well be published. eCommerce is a nightmare. Facebook and their ilk are just astounding to me because people willingly incriminate themselves, publicly and then wonder why they face retaliation!
    And this is why I seriously distrust the idea of putting elections on line.
    Or the Grid. Talk about opening a vulnerability to trrrrrsts and pranksters? Come on! Put a detailed control of the entire country's electrical distribution system in the clouds? What FUN! Lets shut off one city after another all night, just little short shots, a couple minutes each maybe? The whole country blinking like christmas lights! Serious hilarity!
    So yeah, by all means lean on Leahy, for all the good it'll do. Until he does something about the private sector abuse of Privacy, it really means very little.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:51:47 AM PST

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    •  commercial data miners couldn't live without (1+ / 0-)
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      naive, or stupid, victims.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:17:52 AM PST

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