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Offline NepalianBuddhist

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Technical Info
« on: February 16, 2014, 09:47:53 am »
Does the government in the Constitution acknowledge the set of privacy laws and freedom of the press for American internet users? ... I wanted to make sure that American government acknowledge the right to privacy and anonymity clause when using a computer on the internet. There has been news of recent mergers in broadband internet service and wanted to know if this affects you or not. Keep me posted . Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 02:30:16 pm »
Okay, two things:

1) The internet is vastly under-regulated, so legal protections are lacking compared to the real world. Also I don't think you ever have a right to anonymity and if you post something in a public location (like this forum) you can have no expectation of privacy.

2) Have you heard a guy named Edward Snowden? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden
Even if it is illegal, the government(s) can and will violate your rights if it chooses to. This isn't new either.

Are you referring to the failure of net neutrality? Then that could affect web users and websites that don't shell out extra cash to get the best bandwidth, yes.  But I doubt it would come to the point of censorship in that the website won't load at all.

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Re: Technical Info
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 04:04:31 pm »
I wanted to make sure that American government acknowledge the right to privacy and anonymity clause when using a computer on the internet. There has been news of recent mergers in broadband internet service and wanted to know if this affects you or not.

I don't know why you're so concerned about the merging of Time Warner and Comcast, especially since your internet provider is Charter Communications, but don't worry about privacy, or anonymity for that matter --- that boat sailed off into the distance years ago:

32.7451°N / -97.3297°W

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Re: Technical Info
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 04:14:18 pm »
Wesley,

 How close to the intersection of W Lancaster Ave and Jennings Ave do you live?

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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 11:54:51 am »
Wesley,

 How close to the intersection of W Lancaster Ave and Jennings Ave do you live?

Where is that? Washington D.C.? ... I live in Granbury, TX. (To get to popular destinations in the world, you have to drive to DFW airport and fly out.)

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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 02:51:42 pm »
Wesley, he's talking about streets in the Granbury/Fort Worth area, where the intersection of Lancaster and Jennings would be near the location of your own  static IP address:

Latitude: 32.7451°N
Longitude: -97.3297°W


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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 03:06:35 pm »
Yes, the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metro area but Granbury is a small city about 40 minutes away on Hwy 377.

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Re: Technical Info
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2014, 09:28:22 am »
The supreme court just ruled a couple weeks ago about information on cell phones requiring a warrant for search instead of falling under a generic collected evidence classification when someone is arrested.  So while it may be slow, I think that as time goes on, electronic information will be fully recognized as something that is guaranteed full privacy and not accessible absent of certain legal procedures or processes.

Now, whether that legal guarantee of privacy will prevent certain groups or individuals from illegally accessing it is a completely different matter.

Another issue is what is actually considered private information.  Is information you publicly post online in a setting like this or on social networking something that can be used as evidence or even collected for monitoring purposes?  Does someone like an employer have the right to search you out online and use that publicly volunteered information against you in relation to your job?  Could a debt collector find you and begin contacting you based on information you have put out in the open?

There are many things to still address, but hopefully it heads in a positive direction.

 


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