Email, photos and documents we store electronically are not any less important to our personal and professional lives than the ones we keep on paper. Yet they are still held to different standards: Authorities need a warrant to search a file cabinet, but not your hard drive or email.
President Obama has still not responded to the 100,000+ Americans who signed the We the People petition demanding ECPA reform (it's been 152 days -- for comparison, a petition to build a Death Star got a response within 29 days.).
Blaming big tech companies for enabling our runaway surveillance state is like blaming Toyota or Ford for drunk drivers. It's a dangerous distraction, and it's the wrong strategy if we want to reform the system.
This might come as a shock to you, but the privacy of many of your electronic communications has a six-month expiration date. That's because the law governing access to our online communications was written in 1986.
As we arrive at the conclusion of another Data Privacy Month, and turn to celebrate Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28, I can say with a great deal of certainty, we should not be celebrating. Our privacy was collectively hosed in 2012.
Yes, the security concerns about cloud computing are valid -- the recent hacks of Google accounts belonging to government officials are just one example -- but security in the cloud should not be as controversial as commentators have suggested.