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Why the NSA Piggybacks On Consumer Tracking 62

Posted by timothy
from the because-it's-there dept.
An anonymous reader writes "'Snooping on the Internet is tricky. The network is diffuse, global, and packed with potential targets. There's no central system for identifying or locating individuals, so it's hard to keep track of who is online and what they're up to. What's a spy agency to do?' In a Slate op-ed, Ed Felten explains how consumer tracking makes the NSA's job much easier. Felten was the first-ever Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, serving as the agency's lead technical expert on privacy issues. Now back in academia, he argues that the NSA gets a 'free ride on the private sector,' from distinguishing users, to pinpointing geolocation, to slurping up network traffic."
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Why the NSA Piggybacks On Consumer Tracking

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  • by erikkemperman (252014) on Saturday December 14, 2013 @12:48PM (#45689479)

    Or just ignore the whole thing and let them spy on the TERRORISTS that they are actually looking for.

    Can't tell if you're being serious, but in case you are: No, the problem here is overreach and feature creep. They are applying their rules for dealing with terrists (essentially none) to the population in general and foreign heads of state in particular.

    I don't expect that ignoring the whole thing is a strategy which is likely to limit their ambitions, at all.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.