As well as other services, Dropbox and Google Voice.
We are living in some crazy times. Certain things are crazy in a good way, and we all want to embrace them. Amazing advances in technology, medicine, science and human rights have been abundant in the last decade or so. Others are crazy in a bad way, and we need to figure out how to deal with them.
With how rapidly these advances are progressing, society is forced to deal with them on the fly. We have to set rules, laws and the like as we go, without the benefit of any foresight most times. Much of these rules and laws are pondered way after the technology has already embedded itself into mainstream society, and made its presence extremely important to most people’s daily lives. Therefore, these regulations are often put into practice retroactively.
Texting while driving is a stellar example of these types of changes that most people will understand, while CISPA (formerly SOPA) being an excellent example of what most do not know or are aware of. These potential laws that would infringe even further on our privacy are a huge issue right now, but if you asked the average person walking down the street, they most likely wouldn’t have much knowledge on the subject. If I were a gambling man, I would wager that most folks wouldn’t know anything about them at all.
Time to wake up people!!!
I apologize for yelling.
Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI still has a difficult time monitoring Gmail, Google Voice, and Dropbox in real time. But that may change soon, because the bureau says it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a “top priority” this year.
Last week, during a talk for the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C., FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann discussed some of the pressing surveillance and national security issues facing the bureau. He gave a few updates on the FBI’s efforts to address what it calls the “going dark” problem—how the rise in popularity of email and social networks has stifled its ability to monitor communications as they are being transmitted. It’s no secret that under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the feds can easily obtain archive copies of emails. When it comes to spying on emails or Gchat in real time, however, it’s a different story.
Grab the story in its entirety from Slate here.
Video bonus round:
For those of you who want a quick summation of CISPA, this is short but Informative. Just a heads up; these guys are pretty annoying, I apologize for that. But they get the major points across quickly while still giving you a good idea what this whole thing is all about.