Thursday, July 29, 2010

FBI will have easier time getting ahold of your Internet activities

I don't know how I feel about this:

"The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation." Washington Post

On the one hand the war on terrorism and the growing threat of drug gang and narco-syndicate violence needs to be fought more effectively.

On the other hand our privacy is important as we know from our work on identity theft protection. If the FBI could also add ID theft scrutiny to their Internet intrusion and monitoring then I would say "Git 'Er Done."

One of the biggest problems as y'all well know, is that hackers, phishers, spammers, scammers, and all manner of id thieves operate in anonymity and with impunity. Maybe we can get the "gendarmes" on the case and root out people who destroy so many lives.

There are still many questions about how this all will work because there are so many Internet media - would a Facebook posting of request for a "friend" qualify if it was a suspicious request?

By the way over 50% of my Twitter follower requests end up being denied by Twitter because iof "suspicious activity." What's that all about and should we the consumers know?

Keep listening we are getting ready to launch the ID theft education and awareness certification program.

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