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Sun Dec 22, 2019, 01:41 PM

Total Surveillance Is Not What America Signed Up For

It is a federal crime to open a piece of junk mail thatís addressed to someone else. Listening to someone elseís phone call without a court order can also be a federal crime.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the location data served up by mobile phones is also covered by constitutional protections. The government canít request it without a warrant.

But the private sector doesnít need a warrant to get hold of your data. Thereís little to prevent companies from tracking the precise movements of hundreds of millions of Americans and selling copies of that dataset to anyone who can pay the price.

The incongruity between the robust legal regime around legacy methods of privacy invasion and the paucity of regulation around more comprehensive and intrusive modern technologies has come into sharp relief in an investigation into the location data industry by Times Opinion. The investigation, which builds on work last year by The Timesís newsroom, was based on a dataset provided to Times Opinion by sources alarmed by the power of the tracking industry. The largest such file known to have been examined by journalists, it reveals more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/21/opinion/location-data-privacy-rights.html

Total surveillance may not be what we signed up for, but it's what we are living with. What's ironic is that it isn't government surveillance, but surveillance by corporations that's the threat against privacy rights.

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Sun Dec 22, 2019, 03:06 PM

1. Easy enough for a government to set up a dummy corp. for the soul purpose of surveillance.

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Sun Dec 22, 2019, 03:08 PM

2. Easy enough for a government to set up a dummy corp. for the soul purpose of surveillance.

But at the same time, what the hell am I talking about. If they want it, they get it.

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