Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Our Police State and your private communication records.
I have said before we live in a Police State. Here is more solid evidence of the tyranny we seem to accept without question.
Before E-mail and cell phones government had no access to anything but toll call records. Data collection was impossible and prohibitively expensive for communications companies. Today however that’s all changed since your movements, phone calls and internet communications are all set in stone. Your private information is being stored in bottomless data storage facilities.
Now it’s open season on all of our private communications records. It is the routine for government to obtain and use this information without a search warrant. These private records are used in administrative, civil or petty criminal matters.
The abuse of this information is endless. There is no private investigator worth his salt that can’t get this private information just to satisfy some client’s curiosity The privacy invasion is both un-American and unacceptable.
There is only one cure. We need to enact legislation at state and federal level that prohibits e-mail, web chat and phone providers from keeping the records beyond the time their subscribers have paid their bills. Further any use in courtrooms of this data must be precluded.