I'll address this, since it seems to be a common reply to several readers here.
It may seem like I don't care, but the truth of the matter is I do care. However, there's more going on here than some simple petition is going to correct.
Let me ask you something: did you care at all your data had the potential to be spied upon before Snowden's documents were released?
You see, I did. I've been telling people for years that if you valued your privacy, you shouldn't be using public communication systems which lead outside your home or place of business.
What I got was apathy from everyone else. The bullshit remarks "You're full of it. How do you know? Got proof? Our privacy is our expectation so I don't believe you!"
Snowden isn't the only person on this planet who knows just how intrusive American spying has become. I've known it for years, though I certainly didn't have access to documents I could have taken to prove myself.
Instead, I saw it with my own two eyes.
Do you realize how pissed off I am by people giving me this flack while I'm taking extra precautions to secure my own systems and communications?
I've been called everything from "nutjob" to "paranoid freak", and well, look who's been right this whole time.
I get people are upset over this. I really do, but people need to understand this will not change anything.
Again, this is a government which already pissed on the Constitution and it's been doing it for decades. Now that Snowden's documents have provided this "proof", now you're all scrambling as though someone pulled your pants down.
Where the hell were you all 10 years ago?
I'm going to put it like this: While I certainly don't know all the information Snowden took from the NSA, I'm going to bet there's quite a bit in those documents which the public will never see, because the information could very well be catastrophic to the United States.
While I certainly don't believe we'll see WWIII over the info, I absolutely do see the rest of the world standing together to unite against a common enemy, and that enemy is our own country.
Sure, call me any name in the book you want, but unless you plan on giving up all your electronic devices and detach from the online world, any expectation of privacy you want is a dream.
So yes, I'm plenty pissed off, but I'm also not foolish to believe this issue is going away anytime soon.
Instead, those who got owned by Snowden will simply ensure this crap doesn't happen again while they continue to monitor everything that has a microchip inside it.
I sure there's an app for that.
PS: "Government" can be any party covered under "law" enforcement. I specifically chose the NSA in my discussion because this petition is the result of the actions by this entity.
Without Snowden's documents, no one wouldn't give a damn about the EPCA. If they had, the law would have been written right the first time it was introduced.
I'm not surprised by this. If prisoners can fashion weapons from everything things such as a newspaper (warning: newspapers may be banned from planes after TSA reads this comment), then there's opportunity for others to craft devices found everywhere.
It wouldn't surprise me if people made weapons from things found aboard the very plane they're flying on.
None of this is really going to matter, in just a few short years.
As a web developer myself, I've read recent information browser makers are going to start designing new browsers, with different engines, in order to "compete" differently than a "compliant" browser.
Chrome will embed features to which only Chrome browsers can view, for example, while Mozilla will actively try to stay as open as possible.
If this sounds familiar, it should. When Microsoft entered the browser arena, we were inundated with blink and marquee tags which no other browser could view. Once IE was "bundled" with the OS, people developed pages specifically for IE, not realizing other browsers were in use.
It took years to rectify this, and now HTML 5, along with companies telling add-on makers to "white list them", just goes to show there's no such thing as "compliance" anymore, unless "compliance" means "don't break our stuff".
I've been in this business for 20 years, and this news just makes my heart sink. We finally get some semblance of unity, and now it's all about to be flushed down the toilet.
I see myself into a forced retirement soon. Not because I'm coming of age, but I absolutely refuse to go back to the programming hell of having to determine what a browser has (or not) just to push information.
It's pathetic Corporate America has yet to figure out the internet in this day and age.
The MPAA also lied about that access, as video streaming requires users to have a registered cable account to view them.
My wife tried to watch Hell on Wheels and was denied because we're on AT&T U-Verse, which (at the time she visited the site) was not an option for us.
This morning, she tried to access the site now that AT&T U-Verse is one of the "partner" options, but apparently, it must have been added recently as the option is still not available for AT&T U-Verse customers.
Sound familiar? HBO Go, Xfinity, etc... all require people to pay $150+ cable bill just to stream a show that they can't get because they don't have cable.
Nice try, MPAA. Try telling the public the truth, for once.