Time and time again, I have gone on record saying that the first mistake somebody makes in pursuing privacy on the Internet...
...Is thinking they can achieve privacy on the Internet.
Every website you visit. Every purchase you make. Every bank transaction. Every search.
It is all tracked.
That's how the Internet works.
In order for information to be processed and stuff to be presented to you, it needs to be given to an external source.
Where it is then indexed.
Now that tweet you just sent out, that Facebook update, that Email you send drunkenly to your ex...
...It's permanently etched on the hard drive in a data bank whose location you don't even know.
People are now wildly surprised after the NSA has been found to be tracking all this "private" information.
But there is one flaw with this outrage.
The belief that the information was "private" in the first place...
...Is a fallacy.
It might have not been accessible to the public, the website's users, or through our browsers.
But that information has always been there. And it will remain there forever.
So the lesson is this.
Don't ever assume you have "privacy" on the Internet.
You can leave a less prominent footprint if you take extra measures like using adblockers, java blockers, VPN, Tor browser, and bitcoin. That certainly leaves you less noticeable in the eyes of Big Brother.
But doing so doesn't solve the problem. Safeguarding yourself against zealous intrusion by our government does not make the zealousness go away.
And we've seen in the past that services promising anonymity could still be compromised. Really, the only way to ensure anonymity is to simply not use the Internet.
Browse safe. Tweet responsibly. And never forget that anything you say online can always be pulled out anytime in the infinite future. Use adblock. Use noscript. Use everything you can to defend against malware.
Assume that these protections grant you the Internet's decades-long delusion of privacy.
This is why I try not to put anything up that will bite me in the ass-end later on down the line. (and boy I've done some loo-loos in my life. Thankfully not on the Net ) BIG BRO IS WATCHING/LISTENING/TWEETING/WHATEVAH Welcome to the WORLD WIDE WEB. And what a tangled web we weave... This is a neat journal and a nice rant. When it comes to this stuff, I'm not a BIT surprised. Just didn't want to believe all of it.
*creeps out from under Rock of Ignorance/Rainbow Land and looks around...considers creeping back under, grows a backbone and decides not to*
Mhm, not really surprise at all. Not a conspiracy theorist, I'm not even an American, about a decade or a bit more ago I did read something on a computer magazine that the States liked to spy on that thing called the internet and phones and so on, and I remember thinking, well sounds it's legit. Not right, of course!, but legit. Hell, even our tiny crazy ass government must spy too, although when something like taps in phones of Politics comes up everyone gets all pissy, that it's not legal.
I been warning friends for ages that nothing in the internet is privet, and this was pre-Facebook age. And the Internet never forgets either, what goes in there will stay there accessible, one way or the other, for eeeever *Ominous Tone* FOR EVAH!!! lol
So yes, your point is more than valid, I don't get it why people are so surprised. We live in the age of information, and if anyone can create it, someone else can access it. I'm going to make a bad comparison and run for cover, this amount of surprised people over something obvious must be similar to the same amount of people that got all shocked about the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones. Some had only to use their brains and think logically, others only had to read the book. Or spoil themselves like I did lol
I guess it needed to be clairified. Ive often thought about some conversations and the insinuations made in the verbatim, that may cuase someone or a search engine bot to tag it for sheer obscurity. HELL EVEN ON LIVESTREAM creating an un-dull-able personification linked to your person by inadvertently entering thoughtless statements and comments posted, generating a profile of the loged in user by ip. its not rocket science. its luaghable the level of oblivious content in one state of thinking and yet google has it all etched in steel as a revealable souce of information.
Well... nice use of the meme faces, and all that stuff is precisely why I value my anonymity and avoid handing out my details as much as possible on the internet, although sometimes it's the only way to use this or that function, so you have to decide where you want the line of the trade-off to be.
Of course just because it's a fact of life on the internet, doesn't mean it's something we should roll over and accept that the government should be allowed to do either, it's just a bit naïve to think that NOW is the point from which they're going to START monitoring everyone.
Although just how it would even be realistically prevented without straight-up going off the grid is also a sticking point...
The number of people thinking they have privacy when using the Internet is astounding. If you don't want to deal with snooping and spying go off the grid. No phone, no cable, no internet, no electricity or any bills for that matter. If that doesn't sound like something you can do then you must accept you will be spied on and your info gathered.
Oh yeah. Have had a few friends get into serious shit for either drunk blogging/texting to anyone or speaking out against the company they work for/want to work for. They didn't get it until I had to SLOWLY explain to them to get it through their thick head. I still get a few drunk texts from time to time though.
Yeah, you can't just have them delete information either. The way Google's searches work, they use indexing to give websites prominence over others. They literally (LITERALLY!) lack the power to delete any information without completely messing up their databanks, all they can do is make it invisible to the public on the user's end. That's the most prominent example I can think of as everyone uses Google for searching, Email, YouTube, Chrome, etc. But this problem exists on everything else from Facebook to tumblr. Even starting to type out Emails, then opting against it, doesn't actually delete it; that information still had to be processed through the Email's servers when it autosaved it as a draft.
The revelation that the NSA is using this information and collects it regularly should come as no shock to anyone. People who believe the Internet should allow 100% privacy actually irritate me because it demonstrates a clear lack of understanding on their part as to how the Internet actually functions...
I don't know exactly how that works but it is obvious that anything you put on the web can and more likely WILL be found and seen by at least one person. And of course the government has very good hackers on their side so if they want to see a person's private info, they can do it.
Though I do understand that it must feel weird for some people to know they are being watched. I of course have nothing to worry about because I'm no terrorist and I don't do dangerous stuff on the web to begin with. I may be displeased with they way they handle things these days but I still trust the government with my info more than anyone else on the internet as long as they don't misuse their power and break my constitutional rights.
Quote.." I still trust the government with my info more than anyone else on the internet as long as they don't misuse their power and break my constitutional rights." Well...You may not like this but..Your constitutional rights can be waived at any time due to the "Patriot Act".. and as former Military I know this to be true. It only takes an investigation to insinuate some form of wrongdoing and your "Rights" go straight to hell! I've survived a couple OSI investigations that involved just being a friend of someone who was "A person of interest"! Nothing is sacred and you are not innocent until proven guilty....Not trying to be paranoid..But trust is not something I will attribute to the Government both Military and Civilian..It was amazing the crap they pulled out of "Records" to question my relationship to my friend. Nuff said.
Thats the military way....They look at everybody and everything, and if they can't make a case.....well they just look more! I hope the civilian world does not come to that...but the rule has been .....Hope in one hand, poop in the other, and see which fills first! hehehehehehehe