Americans' personal privacy is being crushed by the rise of a four-headed corporate-state surveillance system. The four "heads" are: federal government agencies; state and local law enforcement entities; telecoms, web sites & Internet "apps" companies; and private data aggregators (sometimes referred to as commercial data warehouses).
A nice coincidence last Tuesday. As the joint select committee of peers and MPs met to hear evidence on the draft Communications Data Bill, which will give police and intelligence services the power to access all your email data and internet connections, the hacking group AntiSec published a sample of 12 million unique Apple device identifiers.
If you're worried that you might own one of the 1 million Apple devices that have had their UDIDs leaked by AntiSec , reportedly from a breach of an FBI agent's laptop, our rockstar tech team has put together a tool to help you check.
Not so long ago, there was a familiar product called software. It was sold in stores, in shrink-wrapped boxes. When you bought it, all that you gave away was your credit card number or a stack of bills. Now there are "apps"-stylish, discrete chunks of software that live online or in your smartphone.
Early last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a secret letter to a phone company demanding that it turn over customer records for an investigation. The phone company then did something almost unheard of: It fought the letter in court. The U.S. Department of Justice fired back with a serious accusation.
Jonathan Franzen: I was not worried about a loss of privacy, I was worried about a loss of a public space where people's private lives weren't always being shoved in your face. And technology has made that a lot worse as far as I can tell.
ABSTRACT: american notes about privacy in America.... Describes the current panic over privacy and the Internet... Writer quotes Thomas Nagel and Wendy Kaminer on Lewinskygate and mentions the national outcry over the "clipper chip" and a plan by Lotus to market a CD-rom containing financial profiles of nearly half the people in the country...
A wave of worry about a software program called TrapWire, designed to detect terrorists casing possible targets, appears to be unjustified, as I wrote in Tuesday's Times. Based on stolen corporate e-mails posted by WikiLeaks, some reports hugely exaggerated the program's sweep and capabilities; the New York Police Department, for instance, says that contrary to claims on the Web, it has never used TrapWire.
Unless we challenge the idea that we should concede our rights to protect our safety, it'll get even worse.
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