Privacy Be Damned!

Surprise! The NSA is, has been, and will continue, accessing telephone numbers of your known associates and classifying users as terrorists until you’re no longer guilty. I’m not very surprised that a secret court, authorized a secret government agency, to secretly surveille the personal records of its citizens. I’m just shocked that the order doesn’t cover a broader spectrum of “need.”

NSA Spying

Readers of this site shouldn’t be surprised either. I’ve discussed why having a smartphone is a bad idea. Privacy, at least in all things not delivered via Pony Express, is dead. As one comment on The Verge suggests, we’re probably giving away more information on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, than Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or any other mobile carrier is. Don’t be too shocked when you see the secret order directing social media sites to turn over their stuff. At least Google’s forthcoming about government requests.

If you’re interested in the broadness of the smartphone privacy lapse, Lawyers.com published this great infographic from Lookout highlighting the decline of privacy.

How Smartphones Invade Privacy

Consider these facts the next time you’re up in arms about privacy invasion.

NSA Image

6 Responses to Privacy Be Damned!

  1. I do not know why but this just does not bother me. Accessing phone records to find patterns that indicate terrorists or a upsurge in related activity just strikes me as prudent. All I know is that I clearly remember driving into my office parking lot and hearing the 2nd plane just hit the World Trade Towers and my first thought was Al-Qaeda. I do not want to go through that again.

    • I’m not against the idea in theory, but we never have that. Being a conspiracy theorist, I’m always quite wary when the gov’ment tries to “help” me. I suppose that these types of searches help prevent further attacks, but after the recent failure in Boston and all the unconnected dots, I’m not so confident.

  2. True, no system is perfect. However I would rather have the government try and stop some attacks than not try and not stop any attacks.

    Jeff, BTW, I tried adding this comment using my Razar Maxx running Android 4.1.2 (I forget what cute name Google assigned this system – I call it George)but I was never able to get past the ReCaptcha despite several tries. Not sure if it is user error (likely) or what but I wanted to let you know.

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