posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 12:41 AM
This is exactly what I was concerned about when I posted a story about government intervention
in web forums and social sites.
Gov't. Admits Spying on Blogs and Forums
Even the much-mailgned Bush administration never contemplated such an open-ended invasion of privacy!
This applies to ALL visitors to ALL sites, regardless of intent or purpose.
However, given the rise of current sentiment critical of the Obama administration, frequently involving use of or reference to government sites, posts
and repositories, it should come as no surprise that the administration wants to know who is looking at it and what they're doing with the
Since 2000, it has been the policy of the federal government not to use such technology.
their unique preferences and surfing habits.
Rather than effecting this MASSIVE INVASION of PRIVACY through legislation and after public scrutiny and debate, the Obama Whitehouse has attempted to
enact it through regulation (just as they did with GHGs through the DoE and EPA).
In laymen's terms: THEY DID IT IN SECRET!
The OMB is now asking to retain the personal and identifiable information we leave behind,” said Christopher Calabrese, Counsel for the ACLU
Technology and Liberty Project. “No American should have to sacrifice privacy or risk surveillance in order to access free government
information. No policy change should be adopted without wide ranging debate including information on the restrictions and uses of cookies
as well as impact on privacy.”
This and other portentous encroachments upon the rights and freedom of American citizens should not be missed or ignored in the fog of the
Another brick comes out of the wall. How long before it topples?
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