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Fighting cybercrime vs. protecting citizens

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David Shedd, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently published an OpEd on the damage that unrestricted focus on catching criminals can do to our general cyber security. It is great to see people with that kind of background speaking on on this critical issue.

“Americans want their cyber data to be safe from prying eyes. They also want the government to be able to catch criminals. Can they have both?
It’s an especially pertinent question to ask at a time when concerns over Russian hacking are prevalent. Can we expose lawbreakers without also putting law-abiders at greater risk? After all, the same iPhone that makes life easier for ordinary Americans also makes life easier for criminals.”

You can read the whole essay here.

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  • Joseph Hales · June 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Then they should screen those who volunteer for special services in the military better than they do. The crooks are members of the military black market using military grade trackers, and eavesdropping equipment. They do not have criminal records, and are encoiraged by the organazations to be moles.They get specialized training in the art of killing ( weapons of all types including RF) the skill of disrupting and controlling communications, locksmithing to break in to targets, detecting surveillance and disrupting and interjecting proxy videos to disway suspicion. Materiel personell are selling many weapons, fuels, electronics to anyone with the money. Lincoln said our conquerers would be from within not from the outside, and he is correct in all aspects. Many without records are in the police force also, and killimg of blacks is an initiation. (spider web tattoo). This is far more wide spread than is being publisized.


  • Chantel Fuller · July 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Government tracking citizen is important for the national security of the nation. America is a powerful country which makes it a target for extreme groups, terrorist, and criminal enterprises. These organizations are destroying the nation. Power and cooperation of different entities are important tools for the government to keep ahead of threats and stop illegal activity. The violation of privacy ensures freedom, safety, security, and protects the best interest of the nation. Law abiding citizen has nothing to worry about as the government is not interested in them other than for data gathering. The information gathered is a proactive move to recognize criminal activity and prevent tragedy from happening. Protecting national security is reason enough to support government practices.


    • Author comment by lance · July 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Was that true during the Mccarthy witch hunts? Are you willing to sacrifice all freedom for absolute security? I am not. Terrorism is not an existential threat to the United States. It is not in the top hundred things that kill or incapacitate americans. A comprehensive surveillance state just leaves this country ripe for authoritarian takeover. At the same time, weakening security systems to enable that surveillance will have very real impacts on the security of individuals, businesses, and critical infrastructure. Because there is strong cryptography available throughout the world for free, it would not even have that significant an impact on our enemies.


  • Janice Jay · December 12, 2017 at 4:14 am

    It scares me, how much I can find out about a person online. You could find where someone lives within minutes and that freaks me out. Recently I was trying to find any online protection laws and wasn’t able to find much. Here is the link to some online privacy acts:


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