I look at countries who openly publish every piece of legislation that gets debated on and actively invite the public to be part of the legislative process by maintaining extremely high levels of transparency in their government, even going so far as to redesign their legislative houses with symbolically large viewing galleries and windows–you know, countries like Germany who have first-hand knowledge of the dangers of secrecy and backroom dealings in the houses of government–and then I look at my United States of America….
The stealth change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters.
This is an interesting take on the Snowden kerfluffle: a moderate view that says that Snowden should be punished within the context of his alleged crime (essentially amounting to a slap on the wrist compared to the current administration and Republican frontrunners’ plans to hang him, or worse) but also saying that the US government must also be held accountable to the higher crimes committed against the People of the United States.
People always want to cast Edward Snowden as a hero or as a villain, but the presidential hopeful says he has “mixed feelings.”
Say what you want about California’s liberal politics, this is Constitutional conservatism at its finest. It’s also a great first step at protecting our inalienable right to be secure in our persons against unreasonable searches and seizures and upholding due process. Your move, America.
New law requires state law enforcement get warrant or other court order to obtain digital data held by companies, track GPS location or search mobile devices.
It looks like this whole NSA debacle is going to have adverse effects on the US economy as well. Thanks, Obama!
The spread of knowledge about the NSA’s surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no surprise, then, that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that United States companies can no longer be automatically trusted with the personal data of Europeans.
Whether or not you are a member of a civilian oversight board, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the tools of the surveillance trade.
While some police departments and sheriff’s offices are left to oversee themselves, many cities and counties around the country have adopted civilian oversight bodies. Often composed of everyday citizens, these boards and commissions are charged with investigating misconduct complaints against law enforcement, from intense police brutality to minor violations of departmental policies.
What could possibly go wrong? I’m looking at you, Experian.
China is launching a comprehensive “credit score” system, and the more I learn about it, the more nightmarish it seems. China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic purchasing data, social networks, algorithmic sorting—to construct the ultimate tool of social control.
Because the “free world” hasn’t yet figured out that spying on its citizens is exactly the opposite of “freedom”.
The United States makes an improper division between surveillance conducted on residents of the United States and the surveillance that is conducted with almost no restraint upon the rest of the world. This double standard has proved poisonous to the rights of Americans and non-Americans alike. In theory, Americans enjoy better protections. In practice there are no magical sets of servers and Internet connections that carry only American conversations. To violate the privacy of everyone else in the world, the U.S. inevitably scoops up its own citizens’ data.