Privacy breadcrumbs

November 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Loved Bob Blakley’s post The 2007 CECI Award. Bob, add me to the list of people waiting for the next CECI award.

Bob points to an article in My Way where a senior intelligence official says it is time for people in the US to change their definition of privacy, the current one being a bit inconvenient for the US government.

In a related speech the official, Donald Kerr, says “Protecting anonymity isn’t a fight that can be won.” His argument that young people giving up privacy voluntarily in social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook is reason enough for a more intrusive approach to privacy by government is astounding.

That’s right up there with the guy who decided to re-label invading armies as peacekeeping forces.

Bob also points to a second article, this one in CQ Politics, FBI Hoped to Follow Falafel Trail to Iranian Terrorists Here. Hilarious story of the FBI trying to track down Iranian terrorists based on customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores. No wonder this hare-brained idea was totally unsuccessful.

What next? Require sellers of falafel to demand ID and then hand over all the records to the FBI?

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Entry filed under: government, identity, personal_info, privacy, strategy, USA, Web_2.0.

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