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The U.S. National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said during a debate on privacy. “I think privacy is actually overvalued,” Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said during a conference about privacy and cybercrime in Washington, D.C., Thursday. Congress should limit the NSA’s use of the data it collects—for example, not giving information about minor crimes to law enforcement agencies—but it shouldn’t limit what information the NSA sweeps up and searches, Posner said.
“If the NSA wants to vacuum all the trillions of bits of information that are crawling through the electronic worldwide networks, I think that’s fine,” he said. In the name of national security, U.S. lawmakers should give the NSA “carte blanche,” Posner added. “Privacy interests should really have very little weight when you’re talking about national security,” he said. “The world is in an extremely turbulent state—very dangerous.”
“Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct,” Posner added. “Privacy is mainly about trying to improve your social and business opportunities by concealing the sorts of bad activities that would cause other people not to want to deal with you.”
Posner criticized mobile OS companies for enabling end-to-end encryption in their newest software. “I’m shocked at the thought that a company would be permitted to manufacture an electronic product that the government would not be able to search,” he said.
“I think privacy is actually overvalued,” Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said
"“If someone drained my cell phone, they would find a picture of my cat, some phone numbers, some email addresses, some email text,” he said. “What’s the big deal?"
So because he has no life he expects others are in the same boat. Just the fact that he only has a picture of his cat on his phone is scary enough for me...
originally posted by: Klassified
And the computer industry wonders why many individuals and small businesses are rejecting cloud services and data storage. It is people like this in "high places" that need their laundry aired before the public. Lets see how overvalued his privacy is.
originally posted by: N3k9Ni
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
How could a judge, of all people, not understand that? He feels that privacy is over rated? This is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of constitutionally protected rights.
originally posted by: StoutBroux
I'm curious as to how many attacks have been stopped with this tactic.
originally posted by: derfreebie
a reply to: jude11
A good find, Jude. F&S again. Posner supposedly turned conservative
in the late 60's-- from the kind of decisions he's written lately, I have
a problem swallowing that sandwich without more chewing.
Just because Reagan appointed him doesn't mean a thing anymore..
or any other POTUS. The important bent is toward maintenance of
the status quo. At that he has for a long time been a brick wall with
specs on it.