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Originally posted by Blarneystoner
reply to post by kalisdad
I totally agree, that information is given up freely and anyone who does so can no longer expect to have it kept private. But to say that the internet is like the wild west where anyone can datamine your PC for personal information is just plain stupid. That's an invasion of privacy and the fact that they can do it does not make it legal by any means.
We recently learned that even the director of the CIA, David Petraeus, can’t seem to secure his private e-mail conversations properly, and over the past month tech commentators have responded to that discovery with a familiar litany of depressing advice: Privacy doesn’t exist online, e-mail is as public as a postcard, and don’t say anything on the Internet you wouldn’t want to read in the newspaper. Civil libertarians, meanwhile, have urged the need for legal reforms—such as a proposal just approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to require police to get a warrant before obtaining e-mails or personal files stored in the cloud, which Congress is likely to consider next year.