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10 Reasons Why Nothing You Do On The Internet Will EVER Be Private Again

The Internet is rapidly being transformed into a Big Brother control grid where privacy rights are being systematically strangled to death.  The control freaks that run things have become absolutely obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that you do on the Internet.  One thing that you can count on is that nothing you do on the Internet will ever be private again.  In fact, if you are obsessed with privacy then the last place you want to be is on the Internet.  Most Americans have absolutely no idea how far Internet surveillance has advanced in the past few years.  At this point, it would be hard to imagine any place less private than the Internet.  Do not ever put anything on the Internet that you would not want the authorities or your employer to hold you accountable for.  Basically, the Internet is creating a permanent dossier on each one of us, and we contribute to this process by freely posting gigantic volumes of information about ourselves on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.  The Internet is the greatest tool for mass communication that the world has perhaps ever seen, and it gives average citizens the ability to communicate with each other like never before, but there is also a downside to using the Internet.  Everything that we do on the Internet is being watched, monitored and recorded and there is no longer any such thing as Internet privacy.  If you think that you still have any privacy on the Internet, then you are either ignorant of what is going on or you are being delusional.

The following are 10 reasons why nothing you do on the Internet will ever be private again….

#1 The Federal Government Can Now Retain Your Internet Activity For Five Years – Even If You Have No Links To Terrorism

In the past, the National Counterterrorism Center could only retain information about you for 180 days if you did not have any links to terrorism.

Well, that has now completely changed.

Attorney General Eric Holder has signed new guidelines which will now allow the National Counterterrorism Center to hold on to your private information (including your Internet activity) for five years.

But an extra four and a half extra years is no big deal, right?

#2 Potential Employers Are Demanding To See Your Internet Activity

In the past, potential employers would pull up the social media profiles of job candidates in order to get a better idea of who they might be hiring.

But now, many potential employers are actually demanding the passwords to the Facebook accounts of job applicants.

The following comes from a recent CBS News report….

The bad news is that employers are increasingly asking job seekers for their Facebook and other social-media passwords as part of the process of vetting them.

While it’s unclear how widespread that practice is, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that it is happening with increasing frequency, as CBS MoneyWatch’s Suzanne Lucas details. You can, of course, refuse to give a job interviewer your passwords. But expect your employment application to hit the round file, or the trash, if you don’t cooperate.

#3 Law Enforcement Is Watching You

Do you remember the father that posted that “Facebook Parenting for the troubled teen” video that went wildly viral all over the Internet earlier this year?

That video was watched more than 31 million times, but it also resulted in both the police and Child Protective Services officials visiting his home.

So be careful what you post on YouTube.  If you post something that they don’t like, law enforcement personnel may come knocking on your door.

#4 Government Agencies Are Watching You

The FBI, the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. military and the Federal Reserve have all announced plans to systematically monitor social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

These agencies have lists of “keywords” that they use to search for posts that they want to look at.

For example, the words “attack”, “exercise” and “epidemic” are just three of the keywords that the Department of Homeland Security is known to use.

So keep that in mind the next time you post something on Facebook or Twitter.

The following is from a recent Salon article….

In 2010, the DHS National Operations Center established a Media Monitoring Capability (MMC).  According to an internal agency document, MMC is tasked with “leveraging news stories, media reports and postings on social media sites… for operationally relevant data, information, analysis, and imagery.”  The definition of operationally relevant data includes “media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities,” “partisan or agenda-driven sites,” and a final category ambiguously labeled “research/studies, etc.”

#5 Barack Obama Is Watching You

The Obama campaign has launched “truth teams” which will be scouring the Internet for any rumors that are “not true” about Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.

So if you post something on the Internet about Barack Obama that the Obama campaign does not consider to be truthful, there is a good chance that a “truth team” will be examining what you have written.

#6 They Are Monitoring And Recording All Talk Radio (Including Internet Talk Radio)

As I have written about previously, the FBI has hired a company in Virginia to systematically record talk radio programs (including Internet talk radio programs) all over the United States.  The goal of this effort is to collect “potential evidence”, whatever that means.  The following comes from an article by Mark Weaver of WMAL.com….

If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI.

The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet.

The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.

#7 Foreign Governments Are Watching You

It isn’t just the U.S. government that is watching you on the Internet.  The truth is that governments all over the world could be monitoring your Internet activity and you may never even know it.

In fact, the level of Internet surveillance in some countries is arguably even greater than it is in the United States.

For example, a new bill that has been introduced in Canada would give government authorities unprecedented power to monitor the Internet activities of Canadians….

The so-called “lawful access” legislation, tabled in the House of Commons Tuesday, will require Internet service providers and cellphone companies to hand over basic customer information — including name, address, phone number, email address, and ISP addresses — to authorities when requested, without the need for a warrant.

Dubbed “online spying” by critics, the bill is also expected to require ISPs and phone companies to install equipment for real-time surveillance and create new police powers designed to obtain access to the surveillance data.

The UK government is going even farther than that.  A recent UK government report calls for ISPs to remove “extremist material” from the Internet.  The following is an excerpt from that report….

The Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit does limited but valuable work in challenging internet service providers to remove violent extremist material where it contravenes the law. We suggest that the Government work with internet service providers in the UK to develop a Code of Conduct committing them to removing violent extremist material, as defined for the purposes of section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Many relevant websites are hosted abroad: the Government should also therefore strive towards greater international cooperation to tackle this issue.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is taking things even farther than that. He recently stated that anyone in France that is caught regularly visiting websites “preaching hatred” will be prosecuted.

So what constitutes “extremist material” and what constitutes “preaching hatred”?

Unfortunately, almost every government on earth has different definitions for those things.

#8 We Are All Being Encouraged To Spy On One Another On The Internet

For the U.S. government, it isn’t enough just to have bureaucrats and spooks spying on you.  Now they want us to spy on one another.

The Department of Homeland Security has been heavily promoting the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.  The idea is that if you see something “suspicious” that you should report it to the authorities.

Unfortunately, the definition of “suspicious activity” has expanded so dramatically in recent years that it could include just about anything.

The paranoia among our leaders has gotten completely out of control.  For example, a while back U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman requested that Google install a “terrorist button” on all Blogger.com blogs so that readers could easily flag “terrorist content” for authorities.

Thankfully nothing like that has been implemented yet, but that is the direction that we are heading as a nation.

#9 Your ISP Is Watching You

Most Americans have not even heard about this yet, but the truth is that starting later on this year your ISP will be spying on you to make sure that you are not downloading any copyrighted material.

SOPA and PIPA may have failed for now, but the Obama administration has brokered a deal between the entertainment industry and the major Internet providers that is absolutely unprecedented.  This deal will go into effect on July 12th.  The following is from a recent Raw Story article….

If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.

Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 12.

That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.

Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration.

So be careful what you download on the Internet.

Your ISP will be watching.

#10 The NSA Is Watching Everyone And Everything

It is safe to assume that any digital communication that you ever make will be intercepted and monitored by the NSA.

Of course this has been an open secret for years, but now the NSA is taking things to a whole new level.

The NSA has been constructing the largest spy center in the history of the world out in the Utah desert.  The following is how a recent Wired article described this new facility….

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”

So please do not assume that anything you do on the Internet will ever be private again.

The online world has now become a world where there is absolutely no privacy.

Some are responding to this new reality by running away from the Internet, but I think that is the wrong approach.

The Internet has broken the monopoly that the elite had on mass communication.  It has given average people the ability to communicate with one another like never before.  A YouTube video or a blog post that you put up today could be seen by tens of millions of people.  Information is power, and the Internet has put a tremendous amount of power into the hands of the general population.

Yes, there will be people watching every single thing you do on the Internet.  So it is important to be very careful.

But the Internet also gives us an opportunity to impact the world that is unlike anything previous generations have ever had.  Something that you post on the Internet today could end up completely changing a life on the other side of the globe tomorrow.  Those in power have begun to recognize how powerful the Internet is, and so they have begun to crack down on it.

It is also important to keep in mind that the Internet allows us to watch them as well.  The Internet is an incredible tool for exposing evil and corruption, and over the past decade we have seen many instances when average people on the Internet have broken major news stories that the mainstream media would not dare touch initially.

In the final analysis, the ability to wake people up and to literally change the world outweighs the risks of being watched.  If the world eventually descends into deep tyranny, you aren’t going to have anywhere to hide even if you are not on the Internet.

Don’t be afraid to stand up for the truth.  It is better to do what is right and to be persecuted for it than to stand aside and do nothing.

The Internet is an awesome tool.  It can be used for great good or for great evil.

If we sit on our hands, we will accomplish nothing.

But if we try, we might just end up changing the world.

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  • David Gurney

    One good thing for me has resulted from all of this surveillance:I haven’t been called for jury duty in over 10 years now-the exact length of time that I’ve been visiting right wing websites.Previosly,I was called every 3 years for the past 30.

    • Bloodless Coup

      Damn that is a fringe benefit. Have you tried to board an airplane lately?

  • http://www.setourchildrenfree.com/ Tony

    “… they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights … that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” These words from the Declaration of Independence tell us that the only legitimate purpose for government is to secure the rights we already have from our Creator. There is no legitimate reason for the government to spy on its people except to use that information against them someday. What rights does spying secure? Some say it is to keep us safe. Where in our Constitution does it say it is the government’s job to keep us safe? The inalienable rights of life and liberty are only possible when the government stays out of our way, not controls us. Five times more people were killed in the twentieth century by their own government, than by all the wars of that century. Does that statistic tell you whom you should fear most? Our Founders knew this, which is why they placed a great many restrictions on the government. They knew that any government will tend towards self-preservation and tyranny if limits are not enforced upon it. Make your voice heard loud and clear – our freedom should be endless, and government’s power limited.

    • Saq

      I hope you voted for Ron Paul then

      • Elizabeth

        No, not Ron Paul, with him we will be overcome and eradicated by Muslim terrorist.

        • Dustin

          Ron Paul’s foreign policy is aligned with CIA and government hired security analysts. We are more likely to be attacked if you elect enough with a “tough on Iran” stance.

        • knightowl77

          I am more afraid of my own government than any Muslim….

          My gov’t spys on me, taxes me, regulates me, tells me what to eat, what crops I can grow on my land, tells me where to educate my children and the Muslims haven’t bothered me in quite some time…

          I am more likely to get arrested or killed by someone in my government than by any mullah anywhere….

          Voting Ron Paul…the rest can go (blank blank)themselves

        • wisefool

          Ya good thing. We have a covert Muslim prejudent in office instead. I feel much safer.

  • Martin Bishop

    Onion networks.

  • William

    The modern day Cheka or Stasi has formed here in the formerly free USA. If you do not recognize these names, you are part of the problem.

  • Ozmo

    Can we honestly believe we ever had any real privicy on the internet? If you put something out on the net, download items off the net, ————fill in the blank. Don’t fool yourself it has always been watched. It’s almost stupid to believe your activity on the net is private or ever has been.

    Just My 2 Cents

    Ozmo

  • Bloodless Coup

    In A World Turned Upside Down by James Daniel Flynn

    In a world turned upside down, cops are often portrayed as public enemy number one, while terrorists are called freedom fighters.

    Those that defend liberty are accused of being racists and right-wing fanatics,
    While those that promote a monolithic, socialistic government, hell bent on trying to regulate everything, including free speech, are worshiped at the altar of political correctness.

    Misogynistic and tyrannical Islamic fundamentalists call out in the public square for Sharia Law, but are nonetheless dubbed “a Religion of Peace” by do good multiculturalists.

    Meanwhile the Pravda Media spins everything, stirs the pot, until black is white, white is black and up is down.

    Incredulous, I see the useful idiots gobble it all up like cotton candy and vomit it back up as talking points on MSNBC.

    Failing to realize that socialism is just communism on the installment plan, and that it’s NEVER ended well.

    Nobody can seem to be bothered to open their eyes or to heed the warnings.

    It’s worse than complacency, its willful blindness… a form of denial.

    Those of us who do see the dangers that lie ahead and have the temerity to say so, we are dismissed as paranoid, delusional or in need of psychiatric help.

    Everyday on the internet, modern day mid-night riders sound the alarm, only to be marginalized, smeared or invalidated as crack pots or conspiracy theorists that are engaging in hyperbole or histrionics.

    ‘You really just need to chill out,’ they say,

    ‘Calm down chicken little.’

    ‘Nothing to see here folks, move along.’
    .
    We are made to feel irrelevant and unintelligent, by pseudo-intellectual elitists who have grown too smug and superior to even consider the mountain of empirical evidence that lay at their feet.

    Arrogantly flaunting their vaunted degrees and titles in a desperate attempt to assure their own selves that they are right.

    Pretentiously patronizing anyone with an opposing view-point.

    There is no mistaking their greater wisdom and socio-economic status. These “true sophisticates” wear it proudly like a coat of Armor. Brandishing their contempt for the little people like an expensive i-pod or a double skim latte.

    Like Thurston Howell from Gilligan’s Island their whole demeanor shouts, ‘we think that we are better than you’

    All the while claiming to be advocates for the poor and downtrodden they look down their noses disdainfully at the unwashed masses,

    You know, ‘those poor pathetic hayseeds that live in fly over country,’

    “I went to Hah-vard” or to “Yaaaale” they may boast, with one pinkie extended daintily while balancing their tea cups on one of those effeminate little saucers.

    “Where did you get your education?”

    “Some trade school or community college?”

    “Hmmmm?”

    “Wake up!” I say to them.

    We have seen this movie before,

    We know that history really does repeat itself, and that those who fail to learn a lesson from it will be destined to repeat it.

    What will it take to get you to wake up and smell the frappuccino?

    What will it take for you to see that you really are being duped?

    What will it take for you to stop drinking that damned kool-aid?

    I really want to know.

    • Proftel

      Now there’s another guy with balls! WHAT was said to say that German and the other comment!

    • Steve

      Excellent.

  • 1stVArifleman

    The Founders Warnings:

    “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    Ben Franklin

    ESPECIALLY, WHEN THE BIGGEST THREAT IS THE SAME GROUP TAKING OUR LIBERTIES AWAY!

    “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
    George Washington

    “Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to and hostile to liberty.”
    George Washington

    “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”
    George Washington

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
    George Washington

    “I prefer dangerous freedom, to peaceful slavery.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
    James Madison

    “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.”
    James Madison

    “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”
    James Madison

    “We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.”
    James Madison

    “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
    Patrick Henry

    “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”
    Patrick Henry

    “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past…. Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us…. it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come….Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!….Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
    Patrick Henry

    The Founders Answers:

    “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
    George Washington

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
    Patrick Henry

    “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
    George Mason

    “Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.”
    Robert E Lee

    MY DUTY IS TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, ESPECIALLY THE BILL OF RIGHTS!
    LONG LIVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC!
    SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!

  • Chris

    You have to wonder what it is exactly that the authorities are so afraid of? Since all the surveillance will be applied to all it means everyone is identified as a potential terrorist/hater of the system. If we are supposed to live in such wonderful democratic and fair countries why on earth would they think that there would be so many potential terrorists out there?

    Of course it will not stop there. If cash is outlawed (on the basis of being used by terrorists!) then that will require an electronic medium of exchange. There would then be a trail of all your purchases. If all products have RFID chips implanted that will be another trail. All cars fitted with tracking technology so they know where you’ve been. The end step would be to insert a chip into everyone that had the various functions of being able to be scanned to pay for groceries and also a location device. Would this constitute the ‘mark of the beast’? Probably. All bartering would have to be made illegal and punishable by death?

  • Gary2

    He recently stated that anyone in France that is caught regularly visiting websites “preaching hatred” will be prosecuted.

    So what constitutes “extremist material” and what constitutes “preaching hatred”?

    I guess all the right wing nut/rebublican/libertarian web sites are in touble as they meet the defination of preaching hate. Watch their page views crash and burn like Rush is. Need to get Rush off the air and all the AM hate crap.

    • wisefool

      Gary2, as long as they HATE deception or those who redefine what is good as evil and what is evil as good, hate is a good thing.

    • Impaler Lord

      Anything the **************, global elites, global kleptocrats, and global genodicists do not want to hear is “extremist material”

  • Winston Hackett

    10 excellent reasons to mask one’s identity as much as possible when accessing political sites. Which is why I find it odd to see all the Instant Comments links above to social media sites where someone is likely to use a real ID to leave comments. Nothing will be truly anonymous unless you go through a trusted proxy server, but there is no good reason to make things easy for TPTB.

  • Johnathan Wahd

    Mr. Gurney,

    A 100% foolproof way to get out of jury duty every time is to make known you believe in Jury Nullification. You’ll be promptly excused.

  • Uncle Sam

    When the telephone was introduced, you gave up privacy and the charm of distance-Inherit the Wind.

    I see no reason why anyone has ever thought that they had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” while using any of these devices. Does it say in your use contract for telephone or internet service that your privacy is assured? If you want to do something in secret, then do it in SECRET. Treat the phone and internet like a CB radio. Anyone can hang out on Channel 19.

    You are not entitled to privacy while using someone else’s equipment. That’s the way it is and has always been. The only privacy afforded in communications is the US Mail system. Only a postal inspector with a damn good reason can open your mail, unless it is coming to or going from the jailhouse.

    Please get over this privacy violation crap.

  • Proftel

    Michael:

    Echelon.Tenho it guarded since here in Brazil in 1987 had dial-up. Have made available on the Web here:
    http://vo1cefa2la.wordpress.com/2011/09/page/3/
    Use Google Translate.
    :-)

  • mondobeyondo

    An easy rule of thumb:

    Assume that whatever you post on the Internet – ESPECIALLY social network sites like Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare – is potentially going to be on the Internet forever.

    Fine, go ahead and delete your profile and photos, but it could already be too late. It’s super-easy to copy and paste photos from Facebook to your hard drive. (Trust me, I’ve done it myself. Only photos of family and friends though, and NEVER with malicious intent.) Those photos of you at that drunken college frat party? Someone in China, or Bolivia, or Germany or Malaysia may already have them. They could send your party pix to their friends, their friends’ friends, and their pet cat, and you would never know.

    Not to mention, the whole thing about potential employers asking for Facebook passwords, which is an obvious violation of privacy.

    Just be careful what you post online. Be very, very careful.

    • mondobeyondo

      Ever wonder how some videos go “viral” on YouTube? Now ya know.

  • vijay pawar

    Privacy in one’s life is a stone age phenomenon, what you do to achive God, in your life cannot be inter acted by any. Satellite. All wanted a media like the net to expose themselves, in all way’s that need not be discussed,
    One and all indeed enjoying it, to it’s fullest. Tell

    me what is left to be so called private! Undue advantages taken by, ill forces of the development is a disguise,to all of this. That’s the reason this vigilance The political,terrorists,international & various other Eco-barter trade, and it’s complex 360 degree incidance,is the reason for what is happning, to hang with the privacy,as nothing in one’s Life is Private. No one know’s where the human race is heading to achive in this tug-of-war. Do you remember what Nostradamus has predicted, this 21st December is the Doom’s Day. May be! May be not! We the community as a speak, not to worry on that count. The Good The Bad The Ugly. All accountable & equal in the ALLMIGHTY’S VISION.

    • Joe

      LOL, what? Seriously, what did the English language ever do to you? And no, I’m not being overly harsh, moderator/s.

  • filboyd

    Before writing this article, the author should have pinpointed a time when anything was private on the internet, or on a telephone, or maybe on one of the ancient online bulletin board systems (BBS). Was anything really private on Compuserve, GEnie, or Prodigy?

    Privacy hasn’t been the issue for a long time. The real issue today is unconstitutional domestic gubmint surveillance of all kinds. That’s the story’s lead, and I think the author kinda buried the lead by headlining privacy.

    We must ask ourselves whether our taxes fund a state of security or the security of the state. Perhaps I’ll be the first on this thread to remind all of George Orwell’s prescience.

    • mondobeyondo

      Privacy on the Internet depends on you. No one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to upload pictures of your grandma on Facebook.

      Personal responsibility is essential when you are online. I mean, if you really want to upload Grandma’s photos on your home page, you can do that…

  • Annie Linux

    “Please get over this privacy violation crap.”….. They are right when they say you should not expect privacy when using an “open” communications line – the telephone operator was able to listen to your calls in the past for example. But there is nothing inherently or morally wrong with using encryption after all your business is not their business but if you speak within their earshot more fool you.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/JOHNNYBARTEE JOHNNY BARTEE

    The Internet was NEVER private. Dumbed down moronic Americans were just led to believe such nonsense.

  • Jdp

    Privacy was always a right not privilege due to laws that had established such. Like the telephone no tapping unless a court order was given. Likewise wireless, no recording ‘eavesdropping’ with out a court order. However, as communication technology progressed the current laws became blurred as to what constituted privacy. So, the pun-dents [government], corporations etc. decided to spy on their employees at work and at home and anywhere else they would be. It was like smoking, not allowed in the work facility, but corps decided they could carry that into the home as well. So they cited health reasons to say they had the right to tell workers where they can’t smoke, work, home etc. this was a privacy that had been cracked years ago and is incremented now into the electronic world for home, car and everywhere cause they have the technology to do it. Like it or not this is what the world has and is becoming. A watch dog to feed other about your personal habits and desires. There are ways to avoid monitoring but details of this is for another time.

  • terry moore

    PLEASE PEOPLE GET OVER THE RIGHT/LEFT CONSERVATIVE/LIBERAL ILLUSIONS. THERE IS ONLY FOR THE US CONSTITUTION OR FOR THE NWO ORDER COMING. PERIOD. EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST WINDOW DRESSING .

  • Masher1

    Nothing ever done on the MILITARY internet was private. DARPANET. Wake up. The internet was never EVER private.

    • mondobeyondo

      … and @JohnnyBartee as well–

      The Internet used to be very private in the beginning. It was a means for college and university “geeks” to communicate with each other.

      The rest of the world caught on, and wrecked their original idea.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/danmatheny Serious Nibbler

    Uncle Sam, if I rent a house, does the landlord have the right to invade my privacy – at any time – unless I specifically allow him or her to do so, by contract. I hardly think we have the means to own anything but our computer. As far as the web is concerned, we are leasing the digital technology we are using.

    Still, excellent comment, and we still have the right to privacy in all of our transmissions or communications – even if it is over the internet or a cell phone. Remember, your life is God-given, not man-made.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    In Italy, there is an Orwellian law stating that anyone who uses an Internet café must present a passport before using one of the computers. Go to an Internet café anywhere in Italy, and the person at the front desk will have to photocopy your passport and keep a record of which computer you are using and hold long you are using it. The Internet/passport law, which was passed in 2005 and is still on the books, was meant to be an anti-terrorist measure. But it’s been a huge burden to small businesses as well as travelers who need to check their e-mail while in Italy.

    Leave it to government bureaucrats to screw small businesses any way they can.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/SafeArmsReview Steve

    Seems that the more things get worse the more its driving ppl to find like minded ppl to be neighbors with.

    :)

  • Kate Davidson

    DARPA created the Internet.
    It was intended to be a spy tool.
    Here’s the CIA’s yammer about In-Q-Tel
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/additional-publications/in-q-tel/

    Privacy? There has never been privacy. You’re tracked from birth to death.

    • Rowell

      Actually “The internet” was created for military use in the case of a nuclear war. The military needed a decentralized means of communicating, that could automatically re-route packets should nuclear detonations destroy portions of the infrastructure.

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  • Gary2

    This is how I see the election bioling down to these choices:

    If you want higher taxes for the poor and middle class and less taxes for the rich, vote for Romney and the Republicans. If you want Voucher Care instead of Medicare where the elderly and the disabled will virtually have no insurance, vote for Romney and the Repubicans. If you want higher budget deficits, vote for Romney and the Republicans. If you want a war on women and women’s health, vote for Romney and the Republicans.

    If you think that healthcare should be available for all Americans, vote for Obama and the Dems. If you think that the middle class deserve tax cuts and the rich should pay their fair share, vote for Obama and the Dems. If you think that women should have healthcare that doesn’t put the government or their employer between them and their doctor, then vote for Obama and the Dems. If you believe that the LGBT community has rights and should be treated equally, then vote for Obama and the Dems.

    The choice is clear to me.

    Comment from Huff post copy/paste

    • hippiekarl

      Casting your vote within the concocted dichotomy of ‘left/right’ Rep/Dem lib/con is supplanting ‘free choice’ with approval of one of two (an easily-buyable number of candidates) pre-selected ‘front-runners’. During (actually, even BEFORE) the primary campaigns, you’re told who the ‘front-runners’ are, and are lambasted with media accounts of “here’s what you are thinking, America”. You are given to believe that there are only two choices/options (and often, just ONE) for complex situations….In truth, both Romney and Obama have the same agenda as Wall St.; a vote for either of them is a vote for Goldman, Sachs et al. The ‘two-party system’ is a control protocol designed to supply citizens with the illusion of having ‘participated in their government’. As long as Repubs and Dems (vetted for NWO compliance in advance) are elected, the control-apparatus stays up and running. If you vote either ‘major party’, you’re endorsing tyranny. Under a microscope you may detect individual social-issue differences between these candidates (and thus tell yourself that you’re ‘voting your conscience’), but that’s the aspect of selection that allows you to fool yourself that, substantively, there’s a difference between them.

      • Steve

        BINGO! There are so few of us that have this dog and pony show figured out, I understand people WANT to believe in their government but when it has become obvious that our government is set up for the rich and control freaks and the middle class and poor and working class are “useless eaters” to them or just bodys for their war profiteering war machine and they “put on” when it comes to Veterans and the respect they “act” like they have for them, President Eisenhower warned the country about the war machine “The Military Industrial Complex” but they were distracted by sports, TV, Hollywood,etc..while the Machine got cranked up and now it is rolling at full steam.

  • T

    Facebook is a criminals wet dream. First and last name, pictures and area of location. I say wow to that and wow to the sheep who commented on this article using facebook. Must have low self esteem and need a hundred internet friends more than they need privacy. That’s what it’s all about and the rich geeks at facebook know this. They know when it comes to people wanting to feel like their in h.s. again and boosting their self esteem they can get away with anything, and over time they will. Facebook is a diseased curse, real life is so much better.

    I know anyone who uses the internet is at risk, but facebook is the poster child.

  • Rowell

    Back in the early 1990’s, I worked for an ISP. It was there I learned just how not-private your information is.

    Some of the things the company owner and administrators did include:

    – Looking at the Users’ email files and reading individual emails contained within. Any files that were overly large were inspected, and if they contained encoded information (ie, zip, tar, etc), the user’s mail file was deleted (along with ALL unread their mail).

    – Sniffing ports to see what users were doing. This included viewing the goings on inside chat rooms, web sites, etc. If the administrator was feeling particularly nasty, or didn’t like the user, he would reset the port and disconnect the user…on a whim.

    – Users’ web sites and files (www and ftp) were often looked at. Again, sometimes if the admin was feeling nasty, a file or two would be deleted.

    – When billing time came, the owner would often manually run the billing program a few hours before it was scheduled to go off. Then, later in the day, the auto billing program would fire. This would result in double billing. He was always betting that some people would either not catch the error, or accept a “free” month next month to make up for it. I remember one time, users were quadruple billed.

    When you put your information, pictures or files on another server on the internet, out of your direct physical control….you should consider that information PUBLIC. There are no secrets on the internet. None.

    What surprises me is how fervently people are embracing “The Cloud”. The cloud is not safe. The cloud is not a good place to put your photos or your personal documents. Any server can be hacked. People can always get at your most private information if you post them some place on the internet.

    • Joe

      Where was this? Some ISPs I’ve seen are way worse than others. That sounds a lot like a college campus.

  • Joe Dirt

    can not remember who it was, but the one reason was said for the “WWW” was “world wide wiretap” from the begining not the “world wide web” we are told it is. So spying was the whole idea behind it to begin with,,,

  • Bob

    I have been experimenting with proxies and the Tor browser to increase my privacy on the web.

    With Tor, not only can I defeat net nannys, but sometimes even Google doesn’t seem to know who I am.

    I have also successfully used PGP to encrypt e-mail, having both sent and received encrypted messages this way.
    ~Bob~

  • Bob
  • Man with no name

    I’ve seen this day (era) coming since the announcement of Project Echelon over a decade ago now.
    Since then I’ve been downloading & stockpiling everything I want and enough to last a lifetime of viewing.
    They can cut the net off tomorrow and I wouldn’t care much given how much I have.
    1984 indeed, and I’d think 1984 would be a better world than the world we’re about to face.
    The wild west internet days are OVER partner…

    • mondobeyondo

      Only problem is, many people now rely on the Net.
      They pay their bills online.
      They meet their friends online.
      Want to talk to your best friend? He/she is just a smartphone away.
      And it’s all being tracked and monitored.

  • mayasl

    It’s the end of the internet.

  • Huxworth Brentwood

    “Freedom is doing what is right.” The internet is dead, long live the internet!

    • Mike Thaxton

      No freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose!!

  • http://www.countryconsultant.com/blogspot/ Dene B.

    Yep. I was surprised to learn that my site had been visited by the dept. of homeland security. Seems they followed a link to an article where I had mentioned SurvivalBlog, who is being watched with hawk-like intensity according to some posts I’ve read.

  • Big al

    Postal service has always been the best place to send anonymous correspondence. Good bye wonderful internet.

    • Mike Thaxton

      Have u ever noticed how a envelope u receive in the mail has a open corner on it ? Think about it !!

  • Alan

    Yeah and this website had eight Data mining hits on my tracking software! What a joke there in on the game also and this e-mail will be censored,let’s see!

    Alan

  • Maxx

    Well, I’m screwed;

    Been to SurvivalBlog myself, and multiple local fire-arms merchants and many Christian websites especially the apologetic ones, disaster-prep sites, survial-prep sites and multiple military surplus and ordered from them.

    Yep, my name is on a list somewhere. Of course, I served 20 years in the Service and have a big certificate of appreciation for service during the Global War on Terror thanking me for my service. Going to be tough for them to reconcile should they come a-knocking.

    Good evening.

  • Alphonso Machiavelli

    One word: TOR

  • indignant mother

    really not that big of a deal unless your committing illegal internet activity…

    • Bretfox

      You are very naive.

  • posh

    If #3 was true then those phedophiles that are roaming twitter would have been caught by now. Its been 3 years and still nothing has been done.

    • posh

      #4

    • Bretfox

      You are very naive

  • BOB7732

    I think that there are people out there uploading viruses & pop up ads to get information. There are also allot of spies out there. Also allot of programs are having public add ones that allow others in. Programs we download also have 3rd party people, also some sites clam that they will not share your private stuff [lie]. Also some are due to people we make as friends who can look @ a person who type k i n d o f s l o w, then later go to their computer then get in as you. Then spreads in all over, so like the saying says ‘TRUST NO ONE’, another place is Facebook as 1 time I was on there & saw my private information on there. So the only thing to do is to go private as in disconnecting the Internet [need to let them know first]. Then use your computer like we us too. Remember when we just had computers & printers? But while we lose out, the people with iPhone’s & iPad’s + Apple lap tops will still be on. Seems like people [any country] is targeting Microsoft which most computers use.

    Thanks

    Bob

  • BOB7732

    Amen on ‘The Internet is an awesome tool. It can be used for great good or for great evil.

    If we sit on our hands, we will accomplish nothing.

    But if we try, we might just end up changing the world.’

  • TheMadHatter

    Obama is sitting at his computer screen RIGHT NOW! Be on your guard. Don’t mention him. This article is 100% true. DONT OFFEND PRESIDENT OBAMA. HE WILL PERSONALLY BRING HIS BANHAMMER DOWN ON YOUR TOES. YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THAT HURTS. So be cautious. Do not let Obama find you.