In today's New York Times we learn the Obama administration is attempting to erode the Fourth Amendment.
The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, has argued that the bureau’s ability to carry out court-approved eavesdropping on suspects is “going dark” as communications technology evolves, and since 2010 has pushed for a legal mandate requiring companies like Facebook and Google to build into their instant-messaging and other such systems a capacity to comply with wiretap orders. That proposal, however, bogged down amid concerns by other agencies, like the Commerce Department, about quashing Silicon Valley innovation.
While the F.B.I.’s original proposal would have required Internet communications services to each build in a wiretapping capacity, the revised one, which must now be reviewed by the White House, focuses on fining companies that do not comply with wiretap orders. The difference, officials say, means that start-ups with a small number of users would have fewer worries about wiretapping issues unless the companies became popular enough to come to the Justice Department’s attention.
How fortunate for startups not to have any worries until they become popular. If only we shared the same concern for the Fourth Amendment that we have for Silicon Valley innovation.
Sounds like a pretty good reason to use Pretty Good Privacy...which, in today's world, could be a red flag in itself. Why are you encrypting your communications? What do you have to hide?
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