War on Privacy: Currently Being Won by US Government and other Entities
With all of the recent news of Carrier IQ and the upcoming laws to be voted on in Congress and the Senate it leaves me, and should leave you with the same question, "When Will The War on American's Privacy End?"
First Amendment of Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.I think we should go back to the formation of the United States and specifically the Constitution and First Amendment. "Congress shall make no law...prohibiting the free exercise...the freedom of speech...or the press..." In reading this and then looking at the recent laws that are on the table, SOPA and NIPA, it seems that the government is forgetting this part of the Constitution. Then if you look at what companies like Carrier IQ are doing in data mining and past issues of privacy with Facebook, you can see a clear pattern to where the government is knowingly and willfully violating the 1st Amendment.
In fairness I think that some information should be accessible to government agencies to protect the country against attacks. With the growing threats of terrorism and the use of social media and the web to transmit information and to connect terrorist, it is reasonable for the government to be able to monitor individuals and organizations. The problem is that the government has misused the provision provided under the USA Patriot Act. There is no transparency in what is going on with the government concerning their monitoring of American's daily activity.
The recent unveiling of Carrier IQ and its data mining activities that were used by the wireless carriers to gain insight on every action, down to the keystroke, that wireless users were engaging in supports my opinion on this. I know their is an investigation underway and today it was made public that civil suits were being made against T-Mobile, Samsung, Blackberry and other large corporations in the wireless industry, but the possible use of the software by FBI is what troubles me. When I found out about this the first thing I did was Google to see what service providers and phones were utilizing this software. It has even been said that the FBI was utilizing this information, but later was denied by the FBI.Continued on the next page