Tech at Night: Your phone calls and texts were never secure.
Sometimes, we forget just how little privacy we have against a determined attacker. So often we rely just on the fact that we believe our communications are of so little importance, that nobody will take the effort to try to snoop on us.
So once in a while we get concerned, when we hear about some sort of mass snooping, that means no extra effort has to be engaged to read our own individual, personal data. Then we want to assign blame, as though this mass snooping caused our lack of privacy.
We need to fix this muddled thinking and understand the limits of our privacy.
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Obama, NSA Make the Case for a Conservative Mobile Phone Company
Earlier this month, James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Timeswrote something truly astonishing. That it came in the liberal-leaning Times may be the reason not enough conservatives took notice. Read it. Then read it again. (Emphasis added.) “In Virginia, a telecommunications consultant reported, Verizon had set up a dedicated fiber-optic line running from New Jersey to Quantico, Va., home to a large military base, allowing government officials | Read More »
What’s The Fourth Amendment, Again?
Under President Bush, one of the most controversial of his administration’s anti-terrorism tactics was wiretapping. It ticked off some on the right, worried some in the middle and made the left rage uncontrollably. Now, after falling in line with the Bush administration last year on wiretapping, against his campaign promise- and, according to this writer, even going further than the Bush administration- President Obama’s Department | Read More »
Barack Obama Wants to Increase Your Taxable Income By Taxing Your Phone Usage
This is how the Obama administration is going to raise your taxes without actually increasing the tax rates — they’re going to kill you with a thousand little tax bills. The latest? If you use your company cell phone to make personal calls, the IRS will consider it a taxable fringe benefit. The Internal Revenue Service proposed employers assign 25% of an employee’s annual phone | Read More »
If I Must Have a Nanny, I Prefer Mary Poppins
I say, why settle for less than the best. Unfortunately, the Nanny National Safety Council says otherwise. Consumer watch dog groups continue their assault on our personal freedoms and private lives. I’d much rather have Mary Poppins and her spoonful of sugar than the National Safety Council and their forced feedings of illusory safety. Jan Lowy of the Associated Press tells us the group is | Read More »