Discuss: Warrants and E-mails

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November 23, 2012 at 05:42:18
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Hi all,

This week's poll is about a proposed bill that would allow some US government agencies to read e-mails without a warrant. Discuss here your biggest concerns about e-privacy, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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November 23, 2012 at 09:06:52
Well, anybody who thinks anything that goes on the internet is "private" needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Any/all emails sent are saved on one or more servers. If they weren't, then it wouldn't matter if "Big Brother" had a warrant or not, there wouldn't be anything to access. But that is not the case as I said.

Having said that, no, the government should not have carte blanche to look at peoples emails. They should have to go through due process and get, and serve, a warrant before they're allowed to look at your emails.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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November 23, 2012 at 09:14:37
Curt R:

Couldn't have said it better myself...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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November 23, 2012 at 11:15:41
If the government gets the warrant to read my e-mails, they should visit me early in the moring and read my mail and newspaper to me, while I'm drinking my early coffee.

From my point of view, it's quite terrible.

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November 23, 2012 at 14:51:08
Always good to remember, never write anything down...

:: mike

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November 23, 2012 at 15:14:07

well show us the trick, creating emails, without writing something down.
For me, it seems not that easy to do.

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November 23, 2012 at 19:17:38
They need some sort of evidence. Not just blanket email searches of all American sent emails. I bet they search us here in New Zealand since the Yahoo server is in the US.

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November 24, 2012 at 02:17:01
There is no privacy. People bleat about governments invading their privacy yet they rush to sign up to Fbook and twitter and every other SNS going, they enroll in credit card loyalty points schemes and frequent flyer programs giving the marketing gurus access to every aspect of their lives and lifestyles.
I don't agree that Governments should have blanket powers to intercept electronic communications without judicial oversight. Unfortunately in this day & age the accessibility offered by electronic communications allows purveyors of evil unprecedented opportunities to expand their area of influence. Governments are faced with the difficult task of balancing individual privacy and freedoms ( the greater good) against the need to protect the members of that society from those purveyors of evil who take advantage of those same freedoms for their own illicit purposes. The question always comes down to this. Who watches the watchers? In an ordered society there should always be an independent judiciary with oversight power to keep the balance in check. Does this mean there is no possibility of failings within such a judiciary? I'm not that naive to think so but one must have faith in something. In my country governments come and go. Judiciary are appointed by the government of the day( When a vacancy exists) with appointment being for life unless removed by parliament. A rare event. Governments take great care over such appointments since the appointees will remain long after the government that put them there. But back to the question at hand. I can understand a government wanting to empower it's agencies to protect the people they serve and equip them with the means to rapidly respond as well as to take preemptive action, however without judicial oversight there exists no barrier to such powers being abused by governments and/or their agencies for other motives. ( Roll on the conspiracy theories) Do I fear a government agency intercepting and reading my emails? No. Do I care that a government might have the power to do so unfettered? Yes.

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November 24, 2012 at 12:27:27
Thank goodness the "I've got nothing to hide" brigade haven't yet turned up. They usually do when you get this sort of topic raised.

Most folk, rightly, don't want their private stuff gradually being made more available for everyone to delve into - it's called erosion of privacy.

Others of course use Facebook and Twitter....

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 24, 2012 at 14:16:26

"I've got nothing to hide" ???
That doesn't count !!!

Some day, you may get another form of government, maybe as a result of "the government has the right and the possibility, to know everything from every people, maybe not just in your country".

All such things starts harmless.
You never know, what comes next.

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November 24, 2012 at 15:25:38

I don't think you read the whole of my #8, or even all of the first line. If you did then it looks like you totally missed the point.

By selecting small piece out of just one line the meaning is totally changed.

Selected truth is the most powerful lie - each part is true but the total means something entirely different.

Ever think of going into politics LOL?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 24, 2012 at 22:10:53
They would have a good laugh at the jokes sent to me....all the more power to them...LOL

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