Skip to comments.FBI 'secretly spying' on Google users, company reveals
Posted on 03/09/2013 3:38:57 AM PST by Timber Rattler
The FBI used National Security Letters -- a form of surveillance that privacy watchdogs call frightening and invasive -- to surreptitiously seek information on Google users, the web giant has just revealed.
Googles disclosure is an unprecedented win for transparency, privacy experts said Wednesday. But its just one small step forward.
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I bet all kinds of monitoring is going on through the Internet about its users that doesn’t require one iota of evidence for probable cause or a warrant to be issued to spy on them. I know it is for marketing but I’m pretty sure for other reasons as well.
There has been great expenditure of time and our money to sniff our nether regions by the government, and they have stated that intent.
I assume they are going to read, or at least can read whatever communications I have via any electronic device.
When a government claims dominion over your diet, your toilet, and the light bulbs in your house, any invasiveness which does not require them to be doctors is open, and they want the doctors to do the rest.
All that kept the Nazis and the Soviets form keeping such records and snooping at that level was the absence of the automated systems (computers) to carry out the task. We are far beyond their levels of snooping in most of the country.
Wave to the suit behind the screen - yoohoo, how ya doin’ today, dude!
I know it is for marketing but Im pretty sure for other reasons as well.
I was researching a novel Havelocks Corpse which is on Kindle. I typed into Google Micro Nuke and Backpack Nuke. The results raised the hair on the back of my neck. The wording on every page was carefully constructed; it seemed to be trying to find out if I was trying to build one. Notably absent was any information on the Russian backpack nukes Russian General Lebed said he had built for the KGB. I have no doubt that flags were raised. What I knew before the search, and is not available, were mechanisms to use subcritical amounts of nuclear material to achieve high energy reactions. I skipped over the how-to in the novel as the character didnt have a need to know.
Nothing ever came of the search. I probably didnt meet any data mining profiles as I had several Top Secret clearances in my career with extended background checks. But if somebody typed in that search and kept it up and then searched for users of fissionable isotopes, Ill bet that researcher would go to the top of the list.
I view this two ways. As an American citizen who does not want radioactive fallout raining down on me, Im okay with it. But as a guy who wants his ammunition purchases private, Im not so happy.
Hopefully this is no surprise to anyone.
Roger your last!, I am one of many who has lost any trust or faith in my own government.
I will continue to support The Oath Keepers, and the Constitutional Sheriff and Peace Officer Association while working at the local level of government to do whatever I can. I feel this is an important part of preparing for whatever we face in the near future. It's encouraging to see how these types of mainstream patriot groups have been growing. I have no doubt whatsoever that these groups are watched by our government, but there isn't just a public face reflective of their membership, but also those like-minded patriots familiar with these movements, but intentionally not linked to them for obvious reasons. Both the public and private face of these movements are vital for success. Everyone can help save this nation, and no one should ever downplay the influence they have.
Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - http://oathkeepers.org/oath/
Constitutional Sheriff and Peace Officer Association - http://cspoa.org/
Oath Keepers to Place Billboard Outside Ft. Leavenworth to Protest Small Wars Journal Article Demonizing Tea Party as Future Enemy of U.S. Military. - http://oathkeepers.org/oath/billboard/
Not very secret is it?
You have to assume that they can find out anything they want anytime they want. What brand toothpaste do I use?
Google’s “I’m Feeling Luck” button takes on a whole new meaning when Big Brother is watching.
It’s clearly evident most people have a herd mentality, going where ever they are corralled. Those that escape are rounded up and branded.
There is more truth than satire in this video.
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I looked at the Startpage site, but it indicates that it is associated with Google, also. We’re you indicating that Startpage was better to use than Google?
Hasn’t really been a secret in a long time.
Yes. Startpage is like a search proxie. It searches google for you so your ip and other personal information isn’t collected by google. Instead all google will see is startpage searching for stuff, not you. So you get the full power of a google search without the privacy problems.