Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Orwell a few decades off.

Two decades ago, nearly any form of supervision would have been socially unacceptable, but today, it seems more people are willing to cede their civil liberties, especially to corporations and increasingly to the government.
---Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institut
How many more of our civil liberties are we willing to sacrifice? Okay, it's true I support bio-chip implants (for medical data and tracking Fluffy), I like the fact that my cell phone has a GPS locator in it, and I'm totally for employers keeping track of what an employee is doing with the company Internet connection.

That said, here is what I don't think should be happening. I don't think the U.S. Goverment should be able to know what books I read last year from the library, where I used my credit card in the last ten years, how often I see a doctor, and what Web Sites I searched for in the past year or so via Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, ASK, or a million over search engines.

Now I understand the need to crack down on things such as Kiddie Porn, drug trafficing (yes, folx, it does happen over the net), and other such things. But, to find out what every Tom, Dick, and Jane are looking for on the net is a bit much. Now, I'm aware that the powers that be only asked for a small sampling of data that could not be linked back to any individual. But, how long til they ask for that?

Okay, I'm done now. I'll prolly get red flagged again. Seems I'm always going off at the mouth about this type of stuff, but that is what is great about living in the United States of America. We CAN voice our opinions of the Government without fear of reprisal.

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