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NSA Pictures Of You Naked Smash The Metadata Myth. Yahoo!

Apologists for the Obama Administration’s Big Brother electronic spying have spent much of the last year wagging their heads at concerns about privacy, saying that gosh, the age of privacy is just plain over, and we all need to accept that some of our private information will end up in government hands, because we need [...]

NSA Spying On Normal Lawful Communications Just In Case We Might Do Evil

The genius of the NSA spying system is that it’s never in plain sight, though it’s something that we all may reasonably suspect is watching us at any moment. [...]

A Kept Deity, on Entrails

Seen in a local parking lot:

I won’t deny that we’re all sitting on a load of processed poo. But which parts of America were made by guns? The little divots on golf balls? The nooks and crannies of breakfast? Maybe potholes. And raise your hand if you actually favor losing your guts. Would [...]

Your Encryption Will Not Save Your Privacy

The rare corporations that have refused to betray promises of encryption to their customers have been targeted by the NSA anyway, through hacking operations that have stolen encryption keys or found other ways to bust through privacy protections. [...]

If You Would Rather Not Be Tracked for Eternity, Deselect This Tiny Box

If there is a God, I am convinced that when I die and am presented with His judgment I will find, in a little box underneath the space for my signature, an already-checked box asking me whether I would like to install the Yahoo! toolbar.

Irregular Times Is Not Cutting Its Staff

It’s up to those who have retained the flexibility of smallness to do their part by writing the small stories that never have gotten coverage in the big presses. [...]

Violations of e-mail privacy, small and large

While John McCain’s campaign manager huffs and puffs over the fact that someone out there figured out Sarah Palin’s Yahoo password and read her e-mails, calling the affair a “shocking violation of the Governor’s privacy,” he remains mum on the new powers granted the Bush administration to break into the private correspondence of millions of [...]

Sarah Palin E-mail Hacking Episode: Private or Public?

When news emerged yesterday that Sarah Palin’s Yahoo mail account had been broken into, John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis characterized it this way:

This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession [...]