Greetings, citizen. The NSA is concerned that the latest Heartbleed vulnerability circulating around the Internet (aka, "the Web", "the Net", "Google") is exploiting the computers and mobile devices of the American populace. As such, the security experts at the NSA have come up with some best practices all Americans can apply to keep themselves from falling victim to any nefarious Al-Qeada, Russian, or alien schemes.
1. Turn off any firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention, and anti-virus programs. These applications are being actively exploited by this vulnerability and, if infected, can cause grave harm to your computer. There have even been reports of entire houses being burned to the ground when Heartbleed mixes with ZoneAlarm. Additionally, many of these programs are open-source, meaning that terrorists could easily modify the application code to accomplish their own anti-American goals, such as draining your bank account and turning your pets and/or children gay.
2. Change your DNS settings to point to boris.nsa.gov and natasha.nsa.gov. These are the NSA's highly secure DNS servers. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to the NSA. By default, all DNS queries will be logged on super-secret systems housed in concrete bunkers buried 200 meters below the Arizona desert. To opt-out of this and request that none of your queries be logged, send a postcard with your return address to "DNS OPT-OUT, Box 42, Langley, VA" (no quotes). An agent will personally contact you to make arrangements for an in-home visit. Please leave your door unlocked.
3. Contact your federal representatives and request that more funds be provided to the NSA in order to protect Americans and American interests both at home and abroad. What good are free school lunches, libraries, and homeless shelters if terrorists are raining hellfire and releasing locusts with herpes across the United States heartland? This additional funding will go towards capturing terrorists, seizing their assets, and shuttering their propaganda websites such as Fox News, The Guardian, and TechDirt.
These tips have been provided as a courtesy by the United Stated National Security Agency. Remember: Be Safe. Be Smart. Don't be afraid to report your fellow citizens to your local law enforcement agency if you see something suspicious, such as taking our the trash (they could be disposing of terrorists materials and/or correspondence) or leaving for work (building missiles, mixing anthrax, or visiting a mosque).
How else are they going to track you when that public MPAA report shows up on torrent sites? This is the MPAA - even freely available pubic data must be subject to rigorous distribution controls. Just like everything else they put out, this report can ONLY be distributed through the MPAA's authorized sources.
Once you've gone control-freak to the magnitude that the MPAA has, you can't just do a 180 and start half-assing it.
“Some people think schools go too far and I get that,” Schmidt said. “But we want to make kids aware that their actions outside school can be detrimental.”
Parents need to make school officials aware that their actions inside the school can likewise be detrimental. I doubt it ever occurred to Schmidt that he was ignoring the very "lesson" he was trying to teach.
Excuse my poor choice of terminology. When I saw "online vs offline" I really mean "online vs reality". My point is the same as yours: it's a lot easier for the government to violate a person's privacy "online" (your point 1) than is is in "the real world" (your point 2).
“It may be necessary to reconsider the premise that an individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy in information voluntarily disclosed to third parties,” Sotomayor wrote in 2012. “This approach is ill suited to the digital age, in which people reveal a great deal of information about themselves to third parties in the course of carrying out mundane tasks.”
I'm not sure what I find more incredible: 1. That this nugget of wisdom comes from a government official, or 2. That it's even considered to be some kind of life-changing "wisdom" strong enough to change a person's mind.
How we define privacy online vs offline may have to be reconsidered in the Internet Age? HOLY SHIT, BATMAN! SOMEBODY CALL DATELINE NBC!
The United State Code of Law: Running 20 Years Behind the Rest of the World.