Following on my post from earlier today, it seems that US citizens are waking up to what sort of liberties law enforcement services down their way are taking with their liberties.
An article that’s spreading across the web today, “US Police Increasingly Peeping At E-Mail, Instant Messages“, reveals what Christopher Soghoian, a doctoral candidate at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, learned in a recent study.
Police and other agencies have “enthusiastically embraced” asking for e-mail, instant messages and mobile-phone location data, but there’s no U.S. federal law that requires the reporting of requests for stored communications data…
“Unfortunately, there are no reporting requirements for the modern surveillance methods that make up the majority of law enforcement requests to service providers and telephone companies,” Soghoian wrote. “As such, this surveillance largely occurs off the books, with no way for Congress or the general public to know the true scale of such activities.”
The article explains that AOL receives over 1,000 requests per month for private information from law enforcement, and Facebook receives 10 to 20 every day.
Should the Conservatives reach majority status in the House and force through their omnibus anti-crime bill, then this is the sort of thing Canadians can expect in the not-to-distant future. All funded by increases to our internet bills, most likely.