The NSA stories of the past few days haven’t surprised me. Everything, but the exact names of the companies, has been written about on some of the geekier sites. I’ve even written about it on the blog.
These NSA projects are very troubling. How can this and the 4th Amendment co-exist?
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.
Let me explain the equation of the Internet. It’s there, implicit, not spoken. We agree to allow the Internet to know everything about us as long as it never uses it against us.
Let’s face it, your cable company, Google, Facebook and a bunch of other entities you don’t even know exist, know everything about you.
They know what size you wear and what styles you like. They know the porn you view. They know if you’re pregnant or dating or lonely. They know when you’re sick. They always know where you are.
They know more about you than your mom or your spouse. It could be argued they know you better than you do!
It’s creepy they know this, but mostly they make life better. It’s a trade we make.
The government, on the other hand, has punitive powers. It can punish. We have all seen examples of mistakes made.
Imagine the government’s enforcement powers, triggered like a Google search. Usually a good match. Not always.
I don’t want my government doing this.
Maybe it’s time we had access to the databases we appear in? We need an Internet ‘credit report’ law.