Following my earlier report about compulsory home wi-fi hotspots, I came across three other articles while searching for more information. All are enlightening about the ‘security state’ and its encroachment on our privacy.
- Ars Technica discovers how much information can be gleaned about an NPR reporter just by intercepting his Internet data stream.
- Secret UK data interception policies have been revealed in a court case there. Basically, if their security services ‘deem’ that something is external to the UK (even if it isn’t), they’re going to ignore requirements for court orders and intercept it anyway. Ten will get you one the NSA is doing something similar here . . .
- Whilst not overtly involving the Chinese government, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn they were behind the malware embedded in every smartphone sold in Europe and the USA by a Chinese company. Buyer beware . . .
Basically, we have no Internet or electronic communications privacy worth speaking of any more. Unfortunately, those behind this probably expect us to simply shrug our shoulders, decide there’s nothing we can do about it, and carry on regardless. I want us to get mad, and take steps to restore our privacy and punish those responsible for eroding it. Who’s with me?