Govt May Now Collect, Catalog, and Store All Private Information
Imagine that the U.S. government had the power to scour the reams of public records and collect and collate every bit of personal information about every citizen of this country. Now imagine that any of the various intelligence and security agencies within the government could combine that data with any other information about a person that has been posted to a social media website or compiled by one of the many data aggregating companies that keep tabs on all of us. Finally, imagine that all this data could be passed among these agencies and that the ability of anyone inside or outside the government to challenge this surveillance was all but eliminated.
Sadly, this is not the description of some fictitious dystopian future; this is the factual description of present-day America and itâ€™s about to get much worse.
In March Attorney General Eric Holder, in cooperation with National...
Scott, Public does mean public, but are you willing to have all of your public records displayed openly for others? As the old saying goes,"Fool's names and fool's faces..." Sometimes people do things that become public record, but don't look very good when displayed for all to see. (Example: The DUI you got as a young adult is public record, but when it stops you from getting a job now that you are in your 50's, just because someone happens upon it instead of having to search the records, it isn't much fun.) Let the records be kept, but not displayed, publicly.
I don't get it. Public information is public, not private. Social media information is public, not private. How can this be a "move toward abolishing privacy"? Public information has always been public. The only reason people post things on social media is to broadcast the information. This article doesn't make sense.