One-way Privacy

  • Posted on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Privacy is a valuable good. Decades ago millions of people fought for the rights we now have. The Internet generation defends its privacy right now. Others, who do not understand the flow of information in our modern world, try to stop individual privacy while maintaing the privacy of their actions at the same time. Sounds strange, but these others monitor the traffic of 12 US-American ISPs and their users. They want to protect the state, they say. They favour one-way streets.

But while these factions demand total secrecy for their actions, they simultaneously demand that you have none for yours. They want to know everything about what you do — and are knowing all of that — while you know nothing about what they do. The loss of privacy is entirely one-way. Government and corporate authorities have destroyed most vestiges of privacy for you, while ensuring that they have more and more for themselves. The extent to which you’re monitored grows in direct proportion to the secrecy with which they operate. Sir Francis Bacon’s now platitudinous observation that “knowledge itself is power” is as true as ever. That’s why this severe and always-growing imbalance is so dangerous, even to those who are otherwise content to have themselves subjected to constant monitoring.

There has to be a balance or otherwise all the men and women who liberated Europe in the 1940s died in vain and fought for tyranny.

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Tweet me alone!

  • Posted on February 9, 2010 at 11:17 am
How to use Twitter to watch over idiots.

How to use Twitter to watch over idiots.

Well, why do people leave their insides on the  doormat of every stranger that give them cookies? Please explain.

Post-It Phone Record Tapping

  • Posted on January 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Did you notice that government agencies crave for more and more data concerning its citizens? Of course you did, you are already under surveillance. Every time an agency calls for more powers it assures that all means necessary are taken to avoid abuse of data and procedures. When it comes to the harsh reality all of these promises falter like wooden houses in a tsunami. All you need is a post-it and talking to the right people.

The FBI was so cavalier — and telecom companies so eager to help — that a verbal request or even one written on a Post-it note was enough for operators to hand over customer phone records, according to a damning report released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.

We’re surrounded by kind beings and everyone wants to help. Unfortunately the Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions™. The report from the US-of-A Department of Justice has all the details. This is illegal, plain and simple. Law enforcement breaks rules and promises about privacy. The danger of the many laws against terror clearly outweigh the benefits of these laws. It seems that no one is willing to think before acting (this is equally true for law enforcement and companies dealing with requests for data extraction). All it takes is to demand proper authentication and forms. If you run a business you will need records to keep track of when and why you violated the rights of your customers. If you fail to do this, then you are as guilty as the FBI offices in question.