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10 Internet Privacy Stories That Should Worry the Hell Out Of You

You can put down the tinfoil hat. It’s not going to help you this time.

Warning: You will likely want to go hide in a hole, curl up like a baby and rock back and forth after reading these posts I’ve rounded up. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

Emergency powers cyber-security bill – A draft Cybersecurity bill that would allow US Administration to shut down internet and business for up to 90 days without Congressional action.

Digital Economy Bill –  gives the UK government complete discretion to the closing of sites that they fell infringe copyright law.
Amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act – would allow FBI to seize records of an individual’s Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation. Another great post about this here.
FCC pushes to regulate the internet – Newly appointed chairman seeks to re-classify internet as telecommunications service. I can’t stress how bad this will suck for all of us if this happens.
Creepy Google engineers stalking you (and your kids) – simply put,  a couple of Google’s engineers did evil. I hope they at least did it during their 20% personal time.
Google and the CIA – I’d link to the high tech firm that these guys are jointly funding, but they creep me out by immediately responding to any mention I make of them. It’s almost like they can see into the future…..
Google’s Wi-Fi Data Collection Incident – of course you already know about it. My advice, if you’re not already hacking your neighbors wi-fi, use a direct connection from now on and surf the web through at LEAST 5 different proxy servers located across multiple continents.  I’m surprised Eric Schmidt didn’t recommend that when the story broke.
9th US Circuit Court of Appeals trashes internet miranda rights -Elena Kagan (yep, Obama’s recently confirmed supreme court nominee) is largely responsible for this. Gee, thanks Elena!
US Government poised to seize your domain if you infringe copyright law – Live in the UK or elsewhere abroad? You’re not off-limits, either. If you really want to kill the internet, this is one sure way to do it.
Google conspiring with White House officials – this could also be a Google Buzz story, since that’s how everyone found out about it.
Ex-Google employee, now White House deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin discusses many of Google’s high priority lobbying issues, including FTC rules on online privacy, the administration broadband policy, net neutrality and intellectual property rules. I bet you didn’t know that there are currently 3 ex-Google execs working big positions within the Obama administration. Oh, and then there’s Google CEO Eric Schmidt who’s also a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. This post I wrote a while back makes much more sense now…
One more bonus story:
The Feds can track your GPS without a warrant – The Obama administration urges a federal appeals court to allow the feds to affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move….without a warrant. Admittedly, not entirely internet related but I had to tell somebody because it freaks me out.
Are you freaked out at all by this? Do you think I’m a whack job conspiracy theorist? Let me know with your comments!