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FBI May Get Easier Access To Internet Activity 276

olsmeister writes "It appears the White House would like to make it easier for the FBI to obtain records of a person's internet activities without a court order to do so, via the use of an NSL. While they have been able to do this for a long time, it may expand the type of information able to be gathered without a court order to include things like web browsing histories."
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FBI May Get Easier Access To Internet Activity

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  • by blueg3 ( 192743 ) on Thursday July 29, 2010 @10:25AM (#33068736)

    No, as TFAs clearly cover, this applies only to obtaining records from your ISP.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 29, 2010 @10:36AM (#33068920)

    EVERYTHING is intercepted [wikipedia.org].

    Yours In Akademgorodok,
    Kilgore Trout

  • by Krneki ( 1192201 ) on Thursday July 29, 2010 @10:50AM (#33069128)

    The opposite of sheep, I'd say. This sounds like sound advice for the intelligent and careful.

    Only if your creative limitation are within the boundary of the current social moral.

    For everyone thinking outside of the box, it's a tragedy.

    The world is a dynamic environment, where we always have to question our moral and knowledge.

  • by jDeepbeep ( 913892 ) on Thursday July 29, 2010 @11:28AM (#33069678)

    Treat everything you do online as if you have zero privacy.

    If I can't have privacy, I'd at least like anonymity. That's what we are really after anyhow. Privacy relies on your identity being known, but your activities remaining unknown.

  • by Smekarn ( 1623831 ) on Thursday July 29, 2010 @11:42AM (#33069888)
    That's exactly how I don't feel I should have to live my life. This whole "If you've got nothing to hide..."-crap is getting on my nerves. I should not be assumed to be a criminal unless proven otherwise! Your "solution" is not a solution at all, but a stepping around the problem and in the end an assistance for the continuation of said problem.

    I agree that I should not PUBLICLY voice my opinion in matters that I don't want people to know about, but everything else is my goddamned business
  • by Ashriel ( 1457949 ) on Thursday July 29, 2010 @12:54PM (#33071250)

    I seriously doubt that you've done nothing wrong. The USC has over a million pages of laws: it's gotten to the point where our law-makers and law-enforcers themselves are no longer aware of all of the possible ways to break the law. And it's because of this volume that it has become impossible to live a day-to-day existence in the US without breaking some law or another.

    Here's a great example:

    16 USC 3370 (summary)
    It is unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, possess, or purchase any fish, wildlife, or plant taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any Federal, State, foreign, or Indian tribal law, treaty, or regulation

    That's a quick summary of the Lacey Act, for those who aren't already familiar with this very broad federal regulation.

    There are many such overbroad laws like these in the USC, this just happens to be one of the most famous. With laws like these on the books, it's hard to avoid breaking the law. According the Lacey Act, it's at least a $10,000 fine to possess a lobster under 10.5 inches anywhere in the US; coupled with the Conspiracy Act, it's a federal felony to plan possession of a lobster under 10.5 inches with at least one other person. I don't know if you've ever had a small lobster, but there's a good chance you've managed to break the law somewhere in the world with regards to animals or plants, and that's all it takes.

    My point here is that the intention of the authorities isn't to "catch the bad guys", it's to manufacture them. Everyone is guilty of something, the feds just need broader, more invasive access to discover what that something is.

  • by sgt scrub ( 869860 ) <saintium@ y a h o o .com> on Thursday July 29, 2010 @02:56PM (#33073854)

    they wouldn't get much from my isp. i run linux from scratch on a vm with darknet because i don't like how my isp tries to dictate the dns server i use. a clear and obvious sign they glean info from user habits to sell to marketing firms. as far as data security goes the file system is loop-aes. i guess if i wanted to be paranoid i could point my cache to /dev/null. there is a howto for a tor based vm on encrypted file system that is a lot like my environment here: https://svn.torproject.org/svn/torvm/trunk/doc/design.html [torproject.org]

  • by ffreeloader ( 1105115 ) on Thursday July 29, 2010 @06:05PM (#33076848) Journal

    You can read the writings of men such as John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc... online. A great deal of their writings available through different organizations, some public, some private, but regardless of organization type they make the material available at no cost.

    Read the Federalist Papers, the anti-Federalist papers, Democracy in America, and old books, pre 1900, on our founding fathers. Much that is written today(since 1900 when progressives first came into real power: Woodrow Wilson) is nothing but socialist propaganda, and reading what the actual men wrote exposes as completely false.

    The Gutenberg project has quite a bit of material written by our founders, as does libertyfund.org. Google is your friend when looking for info. Just start searching for our founding fathers or the published papers, such as the Federalist Papers, by name. You'll find them complete, and non-edited.

I've got a bad feeling about this.