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Curt Franklin
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6/9/2015 | 10:58:35 AM
Re: Legal issues?
@PedroGonzales, that's always the trade-off: Is the technology's use to the authorities for legitimate purposes of sufficient value to risk possible erosion of privacy rights? That's where the debate is going to be happening for a long time to come, I fear.
Ariella
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6/4/2015 | 5:08:34 PM
Re: Legal issues?
That's the only thing that one can be sure about, Curtis! Forces will be pulling both ways. 
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 4:03:02 PM
Re: Legal issues?
@Ariella, you're right -- there will be more pressure for US regulation. As we enter into another election cycle it's going to be interesting to hear how the various candidates couch their support for more or less regulation and more or less surveillance.

It's going to be a bumpy couple of years.
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 3:54:31 PM
Re: Legal issues?
@jastroff, I'm afraid Im feeling a bit cynical these days -- I can't see any particular agency that will take on the challenge because, honestly, there's too much money in allowing the situation to continue as it is.
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6/4/2015 | 2:18:24 PM
Re: Legal issues?
@Curt, indeed. The US has more of a tradition of attempting to allow people more freedom and for industries to be more self-governing. But with the global connections we all have, there is more pressure to comply with standards set abroad, and that, I would expect, will increase the pressure in the US for more governement regulation. 
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 2:10:42 PM
Re: Legal issues?
@Ariella, it's interesting to see the ebb and flow of practices that are considered rational or too intrusive in various nations. I fear the trend in both Europe and North America is toward more intrusive surveillance, always introduced with the most benign rationale. It will be most fascinating to see whether the general population ever decides that things have gone too far -- and whether, at that point, they can do anything about it.
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6/4/2015 | 2:04:22 PM
Re: Legal issues?
@Curtis that fits with the greater governmental control in Europe, though. They are much more inclined to nanny state practices, though the US is following in their footsteps. 
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 1:58:17 PM
Re: Legal issues?
@Ariella, that's my understanding, as well. On the other hand, some parts of Europe are much more comfortable with government (or government-sponsored monopoly) surveillance than we are in the US, so the whole issue can become very confused.
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 1:56:56 PM
Re: Legal issues?
@Dave, I'm inclined to agree with you: Pretty much every technology or practice we complain about also has legitimate uses. I suppose the question is whether the lack of the data when it's useful is more compelling than the mis-use of the data for purposes we don't like. It is, in many ways, the same issue that we're facing in the US around various NSA programs.
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 1:54:58 PM
Re: Why do it the difficult way?
OK, @[email protected], I'm not disagreeing with you, but I have a question: If tweets are public statements (pretty much broadcast to the universe of people who are on Twitter) then why is analyzing those "public" tweets a problem? What about that trips your warning bells about invaded privacy?

I think that, if they're doing things like counting how many people use a particular hashtag about an event, then there's no real problem. If they're starting to go in and flag individuals who might enjoy or hate the event, then that starts to get more problematic.
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