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Congress cuts amendment banning warrantless email snooping

By Matthew
Dec 26, 2012
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  1. Updating the Video Privacy Protection Act, the US Congress passed a new bill on Christmas Eve that will let you automatically share your Netflix viewing history on your Facebook profile. Before approving the document, however, the US Senate cut a...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,253   +1,549

    I have reasonable grounds to believe that congress has been lying to its people. Would someone be so kind as to share all of congress's emails within the last 180 days?
     
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  3. Johnny Utah

    Johnny Utah TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Clifford for President.

    This is just wrong. The government should ALWAYS need a warrant to get this type of information, PERIOD.
     
  4. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 947   +22

    Hey Cliff. They sure aren't as quick to get the fiscal cliff resolved.
     
  5. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    Send an email to anonymous :]
     
  6. acr123

    acr123 TS Rookie

    I could be wrong, but I believe the "warrant" can be signed by a federal prosecutor and does not need a judge's signature.
     
  7. The U.S. government should be based on a systems of Check and Balances and not absolute power. It seems the Patriot Act and other acts are slowly erroding the C&B. We as a people need to make sure we restore these things.
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,977   +957

    The overall approval rating of Congress is about 20%. A term in the House of Representatives is 2 years.

    At the next election, about 80+% of its members will be re-elected.

    As near as I can figure, you've brought most of this s*** on yourselves.

    Either quit whining, or vote each and every one of them out of office at every opportunity. The longer you leave a tick on a dog's a**, the more blood it will suck! The exact same rule applies to the majority of individuals in "public service"!
     
  9. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Well to be fair, not everyone is going to admit to a diabolical plan or some other neffarius scheme using email. So if the most thier going to get is a grandmas cookie recipe or the intimate details of an individuals fling, it seems pretty harmless. It does state that they can request data or emails stored on a third party server. There is the loophole. Just keep everything you want to keep stored on a flash drive. Erase your emails, and they really have no leverage. It seems as if they really only want to catch the stupid criminals who have less brain cells then the avaerage cockaroach.
     
  10. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    If there actually was a CHOICE of candidates then your argument would be accurate, but unfortunately the candidates are provided to us by the puppet masters behind the curtain who are the ones calling the shots. Let's not forget that former communist East Germany was called German DEMOCRATIC republic and they did have elections where the communist party provided the candidates -- same with our elections, we are given candidates that can be controlled and it has been DECADES since they actually represented the people...
     
  11. Remember, "the people" voted in G.B. Stupid is as stupid does. I'll take a benevolent dictatorship over a moronic democracy any day, any day, any day.
     
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,253   +1,549

    You make it sound as if there is a good tick right around the corner that would not suck blood. You know a good tick would be an ideal candidate. So where are all the good ticks?

    It's my honest belief that the only way to remove the corruption is through a civil war. Those behind the corruption will not give up their position otherwise. The only question is how long society will continue in the name of peace and allow corruption to continue.
     
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,977   +957

    Ooooo, shame on you Clifford! Your Email is gonna get looked at...., big time!!!
     
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  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,253   +1,549

    I have nothing to fear from them reading what few email I do send. Even if I was to plan some form of attack, I wouldn't be so stup-id as to put it in digital form.
     
  15. Do you really think deleting mails from your inbox deletes the data on server ?
     
  16. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

  17. Guest said:
    "Do you really think deleting mails from your inbox deletes the data on server ?"

    Yes, most servers simply do not have the space to store emails for that long. I use a singles dating website and the website specifically states that emails are deleted after 3 weeks to keep storage space in check.

    So, yes, some websites delete email messages automatically after a certain period. Some do not, but the idea situation would be allowing the end-user to control their own conditions.

    Im thinking this is a good time to google for an email client that can encrypt email messages. Surely, there is one already.
     
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,253   +1,549

    You are lying to yourself if you think encryption will keep them from reading your email. So you get encryption for your email and then your service provider is ordered to decrypt your email. If I was congress, reading encrypted emails would be the first place I started reading, if I wanted to know peoples dirty little secrets. After this announcement anyone dumb enough to put their (I don't want congress to know) secrets in digital form of any kind, is asking for whatever congress decides to do with them.
     
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,977   +957

    This whole sordid affair really burns my buns! I just hope and pray these jokers at the NSA don't start reading my spam.

    Because the secrets for having a 12 inch penis and a perpetual erection are not something I'm ready to share with the world! No siree! If that information gets out then everybody will be doing it......
     


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