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  •  How true, privacy starts with the person. (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, elwior, chrississippi, MKinTN

    Some people are just not private, or modest. Those of us who are should be able to rely on the rule of law though.

    •  Verizon can legally dispose of your records. (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, kck

      Or at least, I think it can according to the contract I've never read.

      "We're now in one of those periods when the reality of intense pressure on the middle class diverges from long-held assumptions of how the American bargain should work" --James Fallows

      by Inland on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 09:18:31 AM PDT

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      •  They may have "contracts" with the gov't... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...that supersede any other agreements and they do have immunity to some lengths that are probably classified.

        I'm not concerned with the data or the technology. IMO that horse left the barn a long time ago and in that's not a bad thing. At least it doesn't have to be. I also don't think the Big Brother metaphor is anything more than a righteous and historically accurate call to imagine the unimaginable.

        Quaint notions like trust, credibility, politics, what is or isn't said in hearings or press conferences, any perceived distinction between public and commercial use or national borders are all irrelevant IMO. Congress feigning outrage at appliances they continuously approve are hilariously stupid.

        I'm invested in strict, traditional, transparent, audited, public Constitutional access to the data with oversight, accountability, and the rule of law. Things like the 4th Amendment are not quaint. And how many billions do we wish to fund for data mining compared to public assistance? How much machine power & federal resources do we wish to use to catch one suicide bomber versus a mortgage industry out of control running the country off the rails?

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