Sources: Guardian, YouTube
quote: 'm not intending this to in any way defend or justify what the software does; however, it is using mining publicly available data. In other words, there is nothing preventing any other person, government, corporation or other organization from analyzing the exact same data and drawing the same trending conclusions. So, if you're uncomfortable with the information being analyzed and the conclusions that can be drawn from it, it would be best to limit the information you make publicly available in the first place.I'm not aware of any way in which U.S. law could be reasonably expected to prevent a foreign entity from doing this, so in my mind the issue isn't limited to the U.S. government and the perception of it becoming a "police state." The implications of what can be done with all of the data we throw out there goes far beyond just that.
quote: Agreed. As I said, I'm not defending this in any way. I'm not comfortable with it myself. The point I was trying to make is that so long as the data is out there, anyone with sufficient time, resources, and motivation could do the same thing; e.g. foreign entities over which we (the U.S.) have no control.
quote: I think you're missing his point Jason. He's not even talking about foreign governments specifically. You or I could gather this information also which he mentions. It's freely available. Raytheon and any other US entity could collect and use this info and sell it to whoever. You could collect and sell it. I do wonder how the NSA can purchase this info (if they really are) legally as it violates the spirit of a certain law that prohibits them from doing so without a warrant. Although there is a time delay before they have to stop collecting. Loophole perhaps?
quote: I wasn't sure quite what his central focus was, but he did talk quite a bit about foreign governments, so I figured that was the main point.
quote: Because foreign governments are NOT going to be terribly interested in tracking low-level U.S. citizens.
quote: By mining exif data publicly available posts (or alternatively creating Facebook softbots to friend users and lure them into RIOT's circle of friendship),...now again, if you're extremely cautious you can avoid that, but there is substantial risk
quote: using FB is wrong
quote: I'm 100% Facebook free and I love it! You can't be tracked if there is no account to begin with .
quote: Should the common person HAVE to be highly aware that anything they do is being logged, processed, and analyzed? I think that's the bigger picture regarding privacy. We used to have a right to it; now more and more we seemingly don't.
quote: You don't, however, have a right to use someone's product for free and demand that they handle data you give them in any certain way.
quote: The solution is simple. If you don't want others to gain access to it, don't post it on the internet.
quote: difference is, facebook is a waste. even a computer game is a better use of time.
quote: BUT at the end of the day it is a hugely useful communications/networking tool. If you're arguing communicating digitally with people is a waste of time, throw out that smartphone too, no texting!
quote: Citizens have a reasonable expectation that their government is not paying to data mine their information and track them. After all they're paying the taxes. Even if you're fine with it from a privacy perspective, do you like paying for spying on yourself and your neighbors?