Forget Metadata … The NSA Is Spying On EVERYTHING
January 29, 2014
Don’t Get Too Distracted By The Details … The Government Is Spying On ALL Of Your Digital Communications
The NSA’s spying on everyone’s metadata can tell them just about everything about us … and it violates our Constitutional right to freedom of association.
But people are getting distracted from the big picture by focusing on metadata.
As security expert Bruce Schneier wrote yesterday:
What frustrates me about all of this — [the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board] report, the president’s speech, and so many other things — is that they focus on the bulk collection of cell phone call records. There’s so much more bulk collection going on — phone calls, e-mails, address books, buddy lists, text messages, cell phone location data, financial documents, calendars, [smartphone apps] etc. — and we really need legislation and court opinions on it all. But because cell phone call records were the first disclosure, they’re what gets the attention.