Skip to comments.Not that hard for authorities to get to your email
Posted on 11/13/2012 8:59:33 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
WASHINGTON (AP) Your emails are not nearly as private as you think.
Under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, federal authorities need only a subpoena approved by a federal prosecutor not a judge to obtain electronic messages that are six months old or older. To get more recent communications, a warrant from a judge is required.
"Technology has evolved in a way that makes the content of more communications available to law enforcement without judicial authorization, and at a very low level of suspicion," said Greg Nojeim, a senior counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology.
Google, which operates the widely used Gmail service, complied with more than 90 percent of the nearly 12,300 requests it received in 2011 from the U.S. government for data about its users, according to figures from the company.
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What? government snooping on private communications? What? we can’t trust the government?
What a surprise.
The government can eat me...unless they’re vegetarian.
UH-O you mean they know i sent Aunt Tillie money for her gall bladder operation down in Costa Rica ?
This has been true for as long as there has been an Internet.
We used to have a homeless guy who roamed the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh all day wearing a sandwich board claiming that the government was intercepting his mail.
The other side said that they were controlling his mind through “secret radio”.
Little did we know...
This is why I have taught my grandsons not to write anything in email, on the internet, or anything computer related unless they wouldn’t mind having it published for the world to see.
Actually they're just as private as I think. That's why any document that I don't want to be part of the public record I encrypt with GPG and send as an attachment. Let the feds have fun trying to break that. Sometimes my friends and I just encrypt web pages and send to each other just to throw off traffic analysis too.
Use carrier pigeons and let the feds chase those down. ;-)
Another benefit of using public-key encryption for communications would be the dramatic decrease of spam.
That’s what the drones are for.
Excellent. It's also a good idea to salt your public key with plenty of keys that you'll never use.
Way back when, I knew folks who would have key-signing parties. These are also excellent opportunities to swap grocery store 'loyalty' cards so as to make their databases as useless as possible.
Don't kid yourself that Big Brother isn't snooping everywhere it wants with or without a piece of paper. Dale was right all along.
Dale? Looks like Rusty Shackleford to me.
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