Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Death of Privacy

Here we are in 2011, with our federal, state and local governments having the technological ability to track and store in massive databases what we say on the phone, in emails, on Facebook, on Twitter and the myriad other digital means in which we communicate....

Moreover, as I and others have reported, the Department of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative, or NSI, enlists We the People to spy on possible seditious Americans among us and report them to the FBI and local and state police. We are ordered to do this in obedience to the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign. It's up to you to define "suspicious." This is what our America has become. Jefferson's ghost might want to start another revolution. (Read entire article.)

Is Facebook spying on you? Some people think so.
Facebook has admitted that it has been watching the web pages its members visit – even when they have logged out. In its latest privacy blunder, the social networking site was forced to confirm that it has been constantly tracking its 750million users, even when they are using other sites. The social networking giant says the huge privacy breach was simply a mistake - that software automatically downloaded to users' computers when they logged in to Facebook 'inadvertently' sent information to the company, whether or not they were logged in at the time. Most would assume that Facebook stops monitoring them after they leave its site, but technology bloggers discovered this was not the case. In fact, data has been regularly sent back to the social network’s servers – data that could be worth billions when creating 'targeted' advertising based on the sites users visit. (Read entire article.)

1 comment:

Julygirl said...

Previous to 9/11, people who were suspicious of Middle-Eastern men signing up for flight lessons at small private airports, would these days know to report it as suspicious activity.

We have stayed safe from more disasters because of vigilence on the part of all Americans, of all colors and creeds, who love this country and want to keep it safe.

But, yes, we also need to stay vigilant against losing our freedom because of Big Brother watching. They will take this opportuniuty to sneak laws through that will put our privacy and freedom in jeopardy.