As long as the 'justice' system continues with their 'see no evil, hear no evil' stance, the NSA, as well as pretty much every major governmental agency, is effectively exempt from essentially every law.
Well it would be their own fault if they failed to keep up to date the proper paperwork detailing just who is using the vehicle and when!
I mean, when you loan a tool or any other object to someone else, obviously it's your responsibility to keep proper documentation as to just what is being loaned, and who it's being loaned to, keeping the documentation for at least five years just in case it might be important at some point, anything less would be horribly irresponsible!
Why else do you think the cops would fight so hard to protect, and increase the spread of, such tech?
Getting a warrant takes effort, it means going before a judge and presenting evidence as to why they should be allowed to gather data on a suspect, and provides limits as to just what they can gather, all of which creates a paper trail of their actions. Using tech like this however, with enough data points you can track someone quite effectively, all without that pesky 'warrant' and paper-trail stuff getting in the way.
If it's supposedly no big deal when the public has their data indiscriminately scooped up because it might be useful at some point, then the ones making that argument, or working for the ones making that argument, have no room to complain when they find themselves under the microscope as well.
Heck, considering the mass surveillance of the public is supposedly justified due to 'security' reason(and of course the always classic Because terrorists!), if anything those working in the 'security' agencies would have less room to complain, as they're dealing with sensitive, potentially dangerous information/data on a regular basis.
So basically, if those in the government are going to argue that indiscriminate spying on the public isn't something to get worked up over, then they have no right to turn around and demand that their privacy be respected. Respect the rights of the public, and then maybe the public will care about the rights of those spying on them.
Oh no worries, my scorn and disgust isn't aimed at you, rather it's all focused on the morons in this story, who have demonstrated a complete and utter lack of critical thinking ability, and instead rely on 'guidelines' and 'rules' that are completely incapable of being applied proportionally, instead treating the lightest offense as heavy as the worst.
... to prioritize profits over lives, and not give a damn if people die because they cannot afford the medicine they need.
The pharma industry of course is filled to the brim with these kinds of 'people', but it's a serious shame that the Indian government, who had been willing to actually fight the greed of the scum to make sure their people were able to afford medicine, instead appear to be caving in to pressures from outside their country.
I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning, smells like hilarity
I can't be the only one thinking this, but it seems the 'prestigious publishers', in cahoots with the (likely kickback receiving) ones pushing for students to have works published brought this on themselves, by on one hand insisting that students and academics get published, while at the same time being completely indifferent to just what was published.
So really, they only have themselves to blame for the egg they now find covering their faces, and if they want to fix the mess they caused, they might have to (gasp!) do their jobs, rather than just handing it off to a computer to 'read' and judge.
'looks real enough to be used in a threatening manner'
A pointed finger is supposed to look enough like an actual gun to be considered 'threatening'... the school official is either a coward of the highest order, or desperately trying to justify a completely insane and idiotic action.
Re: Mass migration of euro's out of Dutch economy.
Unfortunately, that's where the insidious part comes in, they usually try and keep the 'you must be a criminal' tax low enough that buying from areas that don't have the tax is still the more expensive option due to shipping and whatnot, so unless people know about it, and are willing to pay extra just so they don't have to pay the extra tax, odds are most will just pay the increased price.
And of course it goes without saying that the 'collection' agency isn't likely to make a big fuss about how their win just jacked up the price on everyone's electronics, as that would mean the blame would (rightly) fall on them for the price increase, so most people will likely just end up blaming the 'greedy tech companies for raising the prices', without having any idea as to the real reason behind the raise.
I believe you severely overestimate their rationality and sanity, and especially their ability to admit to being wrong, more likely they'd call in the national guard and/or the FBI to deal with the 'massive outbreak of terrorism threatening the school'.
Mind you, would make for a very public protest against the idiocy that is 'zero tolerance', so that alone would probably be worth it.
By the way, it's my opinion it's quite possible this is happening to voting machines as well. Or even likely, given what we've learned of NSA's depravity.
Eh, seems to be more effort than they'd bother with or need. With how much data they scoop up on everyone, if they want to influence an election, just 'let slip' a few embarrassing facts, or put that character assassination part of the agency to work whipping up outrage against the enemy of the one they want elected.