When I first started learning about “the web” (back then circa 1992 it was known as the world wide web or internet –I built my first webpage using FrontPage) one of the first things I learned was that the internet is based upon a series of connected computers. Connected is the operative word.
In most cases when things are connected there is some sort of reference to an originating point. Look up birth and umbilical cords for organic reference. Needless to say, when things are connected there is a defined path as to which things can be found regardless of where they originated from along that path. This mean that the MS Word Document that I am writing this original post is known to come from my computer that resides in our local network which is connected to “the web” through a series of access points, switches, routers and supervisors. There are markers, headers and meta tags that describe this very document, the profile that accessed or launched the application, when it was created and when it was last modified.
For those who don’t care to understand how routing and switching works and you just want to make sure things are working correctly, you should call on our Managed IT Services / Business Tech Support team. We have the technical expertise to bring you peace of mind in today’s technologically driven business environment.
Anyhow as I was saying, this whole media frenzy over the NSA whistle blower is warranted only due to the fact that their own security was breached. Yep, the National Security Agency had a rogue employee who breached policy and they didn’t know any the wiser until the story of what they are up to with indexing data hit the national stage. Between you and me, its most likely a planned media blitz to numb our eyes and ears to the reality of what has been going on for over 10 years and is only going to get more intense as we centralize more data.
Enough already Jason, where are you going with this….
We have all given up privacy. Private cloud or public, unless you are of secret intelligence status you are almost always transmitting data over a “public line”. Go ahead and argue a VPN or SSH session, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. The second your transmission of packets leaves your LAN your data is susceptible to monitoring, tracking and even hacking. When was the last time you actually read the privacy agreement to anything you have signed up for in the last 7 years? Just search for subpoena next time and see what you have given up.. odds are you will find something similar to this.
“We make every reasonable effort to protect our subscribers' privacy as described in this notice; however, we may be required by law to disclose personally identifiable information about a subscriber without his or her consent and without notice in order to comply with a valid legal process such as a subpoena, court order, or search warrant.
The Cable Act requires that we disclose personally identifiable information (including the selection of video programming) to a third-party or governmental entity in response to a court order. In the event the court order is sought by a non-governmental entity, we are required to notify our subscriber of the court order. If the court order is sought by a governmental entity, the Cable Act requires that the subscriber be afforded the opportunity to appear and contest any claims made in support of the court order sought. We may also be required by federal law to disclose certain subscriber record information (but not records revealing the selection of video programming) to comply with valid legal process, such as warrants, court orders or subpoenas without any subscriber notice or consent to such disclosure.
Additionally, we may also use or disclose personally identifiable information about our subscribers without subscriber consent to protect our customers, employees, or property, in emergency situations, and to enforce our rights under our terms of service and policies, in court or elsewhere.”
Guess what, it’s all too late. We are so connected and dependent on this digital infrastructure that unless solar storms render the world electronically impotent you’ve got almost nowhere to hide. Which I personally think is good news, minus the fact that our own National Security Agency doesn’t even have strict enough policies in place to govern their own data.
So here is to Google eventually ruling the planet, tough luck Facebook, you are late to the party and simply a social front for the total infrastructure that has already been deployed by Google and the United States Government (http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/government-running-surveillance.html). Prediction to Google running the planet; roughly 12 years, give or take a few autonomous driving accidents. Good luck and may the binary be on your side.
By Jason Sutherland