In the ever expanding world of government surveillance, Instant Messaging has still found a way to evade the likes of the FBI.
I mean, who wants someone else looking at their IM messages?
You don’t even like your parents looking at them. So why does the government think they’re an exception to that rule?
The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, has argued that the bureau’s ability to carry out court-approved eavesdropping on suspects is “going dark” as communications technology evolves, and since 2010 has pushed for a legal mandate requiring companies like Facebook and Google to build into their instant-messaging and other such systems a capacity to comply with wiretap orders.
The fact that the FBI’s ability is “going dark” should be comforting to you.
Because it means the FBI’s power is slowly dwindling. Which means your rights have a better chance of not being violated… or worse.
Unfortunately, the FBI is part of the government (some would argue it is the government) and with that comes the usual incompetence and downright tyranny.
As seen in the FBI’s new version of the same old game.
While the F.B.I.’s original proposal would have required Internet communications services to each build in a wiretapping capacity, the revised one, which must now be reviewed by the White House, focuses on fining companies that do not comply with wiretap orders.
The difference, officials say, means that start-ups with a small number of users would have fewer worries about wiretapping issues unless the companies became popular enough to come to the Justice Department’s attention.
So instead of just forcing you to build a backdoor into your customers’ instant messaging system, the FBI is now asking to fine any company that refuses to allow them access to your IMs.
How civil of them.
Instead of acknowledging a company’s right to protect the privacy of their customers, the FBI is acting like a five year old.
if it doesn’t get its way, it cries and sobs to its mommy the government.
And mommy the government always gives her child what he wants.
It’s the circle of life in the government…
A bloated government that is.
~ God bless