Top tech firms like AT&T, Inc. (T), Facebook, Inc. (FB), Google Inc. (GOOG), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), and Apple, Inc. (AAPL) are reportedly irate at President Barack Obama’s administration for forcing them into spying on their customers, a move that has triggered a backlash against these corporate giants of the tech world.
When I started ASD (Agamemnon Self-Defense), I told you I took your privacy and security very seriously. That’s the reason I chose Lavabit as my business email service. It’s also a reason I endorse UniTech on my show.
Metadata can actually reveal more about you than the actual content of your phone calls. The data points that are collected and stored in perpetuity are: call duration, call location, the number of both parties involved, time of the call, date of the call and other “unique identifiers.” Nowadays a private citizen can easily look up a number and find to whom it belongs. Don’t you think the NSA has a more effective listing system than the Yellow Pages that we have access to?
“The newly public National Security Agency records about PRISM and similar operations demonstrate that metadata about electronic communication is actually more dangerous to democracy than intercepting conversations. That is because the NSA’s analysis of this information is based on mathematical formulas that use guilt by association to construct imaginary networks of people who might, or might not, have some link to political violence, espionage, or to almost any controversy involving international relations.
50 USC § 1861 – Access to certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations | Title 50 – War and National Defense | U.S. Code | LII / Legal Information Institute
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Earlier today, I told you how my email service closed shop. Now another has closed shop.
ObamaCare’s cost-cutting board — memorably called a “death panel” by Sarah Palin — is facing growing opposition from Democrats who say it will harm people on Medicare.