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  •  Metadata is not content and is not protected. (0+ / 0-)

    All of this infor we now have and still nothing that is illegal.

    btw..SCOTUS says you do not have 4th Amendment protection of information you turn over to third parties. I,I just don't think people have quite grasp that yet.

    The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

    by sebastianguy99 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 03:16:28 PM PDT

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    •  Only if those third parties agree to share it. So, (1+ / 0-)
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      if I mail you a letter and the police ask you if you can read it, that's OK. It's their possession at that point.

      The rules signed by Eric Holder clearly authorize obtaining and storing content, not just meta data.

      I wish you had shown up in my diary last week to discuss these things.

      Link

      You would have added to the discussion.

      "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

      by ranger995 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 03:22:40 PM PDT

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      •  As I said, no illegalities. (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, I did read Holder's outline of procedure for what do with inadvertent interceptions of domestic communication. That is a mitigation procedure not a broad authorization to "harvest" any and all communications as was implied when the story first broke.

        Our fellow citizens in the intelligence agencies are not plugged into the servers of these companies just sucking up every bit of data as was initially implied. It would be darn impractical for them to process capturing any and all content even with their technological capabilities.

        Also, encryption is the key. I do not believe people are truly serious about privacy if they aren't taking steps to thwart the prying eyes of government and the numerous other bad actors out there who can intercept your communications.

        There is no excuse for failing to protect oneself especially when there are very good tools available free of cost and/or low cost.

        The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

        by sebastianguy99 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 04:02:00 PM PDT

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