Watch your strokes

Because Clinton’s medical records had been digitally recorded by her physicians and because the FBI agents knew that the National Security Agency has digital copies of all keystrokes on all computers used in the U.S. since 2005, they sought Clinton’s records from their NSA colleagues. (emphasis added)

Source: The FBI and Hillary, Again – Judge Andrew Napolitano

I clipped this not for the political point, but for the info on computer keystroke logging. I think we all knew that, or had heard that is was being done or possibly done. But If Napolitano’s information is correct — and I suspect it is — then universal keystroke logging is real.

What do we think about this? Is it real? And what can be done with that data? Just think of the amount of date obtained by keystroke logging of all computers, all the time, from everyone. Consider this:

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. (emphasis added)

Source: XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’ | US news | The Guardian

Or this:

The tools of the trade involve considerably more technology. Just this morning The New York Times reported that the NSA is using radio-wave technology to spy on computers not on the Internet

Source: 7 Chilling Ways the NSA Can Spy On You | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

I think we don’t pay enough attention to the surveillance of the citizenry. Is it necessary? Probably. The debate should focus on who can access the data and under what authority. We’ve recently heard that getting a warrant from the FISA court is not really difficult with, according to a Wall Street Journal report[1 Eichelberger, E. (2013, June 10). FISA Court Has Rejected .03 Percent Of All Government Surveillance Requests | Mother Jones. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/06/fisa-court-nsa-spying-opinion-reject-request} in 2013 a mere .03 percent of requests have been rejected.

Thus the supposed protection of the FISA court process may or may not be of much use. We should demand that Congress give attention to better assurance of our privacy while still doing that which is necessary to national security. The two points are not mutually exclusive. We are fully engaged in WW3 — cyber warfare — and must stay engaged but not at the expense of personal privacy.

In the meanwhile, Big Brother really is watching so temper what you “say” online.

 

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