Why Aren't People Complaining About New Data Retention Plans?
from the the-child-porn-label-gets-everyone-to-shut-up dept
It really was just a few months ago that plenty of people were up in arms over the fact that the US government requested some data from Google to aid the government's position in a court case that had nothing to do with Google. People wrote eloquently to talk about the importance of privacy for internet surfers. However, just a few months later, as the government considers mandating that ISPs retain all data for a period of time so the government can snoop through it... and no one seems to blink. This is making a few people note the totally opposite reactions, and point out that the reason appears to be the insistence from our government officials that the new data retention laws are to help stop child porn... and no one wants to be seen as being in favor of that (with good reason). Still, is it worse that the government has access to all of your surfing records, or just a few searches that you've done at Google? Meanwhile, of course, we've covered in the past why data retention doesn't help (it makes investigators waste a lot of time while burying the important material), but that won't stop some politicians from pushing forward with the law anyway, in a misguided attempt to look "tough" on the issue.