Four years and $54 million later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is finally ready to launch a surveillance unit capable of spying on Skype conversations and other Internet communications.
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- well said and right on the money.May 24, 2012
- Personally I'm just amazed that they only managed to spend $54 million on this project in four years. Seems like some serious government under-achievement to me.May 25, 2012
- Did you actually read any of my comment other than the first couple of sentences?
It's not that I'm bothered that someone might read my emails specifically (and I even pointed out later in the comment how incredibly unlikely this would be). It's that this is a possibility at all that's the problem. We are assured that our physical mail is private. Sure, packages go through all sorts of scanners to check that they don't contain bombs and such, but the actual contents remain private, and opening someone's mail of a crime. Even the authorities need to obtain a warrant.
But unless people take some (in many cases rather simple) steps to encrypt their online communications, it's the equivalent of sending all of your physical correspondence using post cards. And there aren't the same sort of laws protecting online communication as there are for regular mail.
Imagine now that the government were setting up a large data center to intercept and copy all mail. People wouldn't stand for it. But that's exactly what they're doing for our online communications.
But I still say the simple solution to privacy is for individuals to take responsibility for their own privacy and encrypt everything. The tools are readily available. It's merely a matter of people educating themselves on the issues and using those tools.May 27, 2012
- someone watched too many James Bond movies :)May 29, 2012
- neither do IMay 31, 2012
- nope nor facebook or myspace or any other life intruding web shiteSep 1, 2012