In the wake of James Comey’s declaration that there’s no privacy in America and more WikiLeaks disclosures, do the law and technology prove him right?
Not according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s executive director, Cindy Cohn.
“The freedom to have a private conversation – free from the worry that a hostile government, a rogue government agent or a competitor or a criminal are listening – is central to a free society,” she said.
The article concludes with the fact that we need to build the digital world we want rather than the one being handed to us by our current government and that this will require a complete overhaul of the laws relating to when and how the government can collect our location and content information.
It’s up to the public, not law enforcement or tech executives, to make these decisions about what our government can do with our digital information. Fortunately we have a constitution that is designed to protect us with relation to this whole dilema, but again, if we don’t remain diligent in protecting our rights, those rights will go away.