Communion Of Dreams

Drip, drip, drip.

That’s the sound of your privacy melting:

U.S. To Keep Data On Americans With No Terror Ties

The U.S. intelligence community will now be able to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years under new Obama administration guidelines.

Until now, the National Counterterrorism Center had to immediately destroy information about Americans that was already stored in other government databases when there were no clear ties to terrorism.

Giving the NCTC expanded record-retention authority had been called for by members of Congress who said the intelligence community did not connect strands of intelligence held by multiple agencies leading up to the failed bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009.

Remember, it’s all about data mining. And the government is getting ready to mine *all* your data. Regardless of whether or not you have any ties to terrorism. And that new 5-year limit? I’m sure even that modest limitation will just melt away.

Jim Downey

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I keep wating for the straw that breaks the camel’s back, but most people just don’t care. Now that potential employers are starting to demand (illegally) access to social networking accounts, there’s practically no area of life that isn’t tied to the net. The only solution, not to give out personal information on social sites and other places, is pretty much ignored.

Comment by Catana

Yeah, definitely. As I noted a bit ago:

Comment by James Downey

Yup, I read that one. I also remember reading that for most people, the problem of privacy is more theoretical than something they personally worry about. Now I’m fantasizing about a future where if you don’t have social networking accounts, or if you have them under a false name, that alone will be cause for suspicion. Google tried to force G+ members to use their real names and created a firestorm. But what if the government put the pressure on and all networking sites began to require it? Great topic for an SF story.

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