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yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/22/2015 | 2:01:52 PM
Re: If it's not illegal, it should be
Well you can never trust your government because it is always trying to gain control of its masses, and one way of doing that is making spywares to spy on its own citizens.
jries921
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jries921,
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5/22/2015 | 12:30:54 PM
If it's not illegal, it should be
The potential for mischief is almost unlimited.  It would be nice if public officials and employees were more moral and trustworthy than other citizens, but I have very little reason to believe that such is the case; which is all the more reason to be careful about what authority we give them.

 

 
DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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5/22/2015 | 10:23:43 AM
Re: why does this matter?
Great example and this has already occurred to unsuspecting citizens.  If unchecked, all digital "services" are open to searches like Skype, GoToMyPc, FaceTime, Facebook, you name it the government can spy on it.  What confuses me is the complicity of the courts.  The sole purpose of the judicial system is to uphold the constitution and bill of rights but still the Patriot Act stands.  Judges are now politicians first and judges second.
DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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5/22/2015 | 10:09:39 AM
Re: why does this matter?
It's not just against the law but against the constitution and the bill of right protecting us against government searches and seizures.  The "if you have nothing to hide" mentality goes against this protection. These are inalienable rights meaning they don't go away under any circumstances.  There needs to be a specific reason tied to a specific person to conduct such searches which the NSA does not possess particularly if you have nothing to hide. 
Whoopty
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5/22/2015 | 7:45:20 AM
Re: why does this matter?
That's a really naive way to look at it. You don't get to decide what they are looking for. They might not be interested in your conversations about day to day life, but when you voice a political opinion they don't like, or happen to use a buzzword which triggers an investigation into your finances then it's a real problem.

Maybe it's worth putting you on a no-fly list just in-case, because you used the word "bomb," in a text to a friend around the time you visited an airport. 

The more information gathered, the higher the chance of a false positive, especially when so much of the information parsing is automated. 
Broadway0474
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5/21/2015 | 11:39:16 PM
Re: why does this matter?
pjs, that argument --- that you have nothing to fear if you're not doing anything wrong --- has long been disproved by history. Even in this country. Check out the abuses by the FBI during the 60s and early 70s --- and Nixon's executive wing during his entire presidency. It's up to the people in power to determine the definition of "wrong." 
Thomas Claburn
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5/21/2015 | 6:02:41 PM
Re: why does this matter?
>why does anyone care?

Because it's against the law and the law applies to those who govern as well as the governed.
pjs1831
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5/21/2015 | 4:25:00 PM
why does this matter?
if they need to get into my phone or any other phone in the world, then let them.  why does anyone care?  they are not interested in your simple life unless you're an accomplice to global unrest.
SachinEE
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5/21/2015 | 2:39:05 PM
Re: The NSA threat is real
Also what is the guarantee that the irremovable bloatware that comes with android phones ins't infested with spyware? Xiaomi recently got into a massive controvery for collecting user gps location and user data in India, one of their biggest markets. Xiaomi quickly reacted and the matter was subdued, but this only shows that users aren't safe anymore.
SachinEE
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5/21/2015 | 2:34:47 PM
The NSA threat is real
I wonder if they haven't already populated the app store with spywares. The worst thing is as Snowden explained, in order to do business, companies have to sign data sharing pact with NSA. If that is true then internet users aren't safe anymore. One small jitter can send us back to the stoneage. 
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