The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the digital age by requiring the government to get a warrant in order to access private online communications. This is practical reform every American can stand behind.
The amorphous nature of wars since at least the dawn of the Cold War in the mid-1940s has meant that the U.S. has more or less been at war for generations. This, in turn, has precipitated the ever-burgeoning war-industrial-intelligence complex.
Not a week seems to go by without more revelations about how the NSA (or recently the UK's GCHQ) monitors our electronic communications. Who knew that all the time I waste watching old movie clips on YouTube was so interesting to the guardians of our national security.
Facebook's privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users. After all, when you're putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if "the public" is law enforcement?
It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?
There is a strong case for keeping the free trade agreement on the front burner in the media including social media, not to treat it as news in that fast paced news cycle. In the end it's about the big picture, not about the small print.
Dictators, mired in more technologically primitive societies, didn't develop the fearsome new implements of control of the National Security State. Google and other leaders in this field of massively mined and shared information did.
Both the administration and members of Congress have stated that the goal is to provide government and the private sector with robust tools to fight cybersecurity threats while still protecting individuals' civil liberties and privacy rights. But their bill fails the test.
The chances of an American dying in a terrorist incident in a given year are 1 in 3.5 million. To reduce that risk, to make something minuscule even more minuscule, what has the nation spent? What has it cost us?
One thing is for certain: the Department of Education's mishandling of personal student financial data in this latest data breach proves that we should be wary of how the Department will utilize this type of data in the future.