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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Toss internet privacy out the window

if you had any illusions about internet privacy, this ought to dispel them...
Federal agents do not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect's computer use and determine the e-mail addresses and Web pages the suspect is contacting, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.


In Friday's ruling, the court said computer users should know that they lose privacy protections with e-mail and Web site addresses when they are communicated to the company whose equipment carries the messages.

well, lessee, other than receiving and sending email and going to various and sundry websites, the reasons i would be on the internet would be...?? hmmmm... assuming by "Web pages" they mean url's and ip addresses, i guess that would pretty much comprise all the internet activity somebody is capable of, huh...? oh, well...

as i've said repeatedly, i've assumed for years that every electronic transaction i conduct on any network not directly controlled by me is subject to sniffing (and further analysis if it contains significant words, phrases, or code strings)... recently, i've come to suspect that part of the purpose for getting us to do everything electronically is precisely so that it CAN be sniffed... there's damn little now that can't be obtained or tracked... once gps chips are part of every vehicle and, once we unknowingly ingest one of those little, nano-sized rfid's, why, our entire lives will be nothing more than an open book to our masters... it's always nice to know that someone cares...

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