Seriously people, never trust a hardware provider/ISP/Transit Service to keep your comms secret.
Sadly, that would only protect those who've found a need to bother learning about all this complex computery stuff, leaving the vast majority of mere users wide open for predation by grasping, psychotic authorities. They don't need this power, they shouldn't have it, and they're wrong to even ask for it. They need to re-think their intentional mis-interpretation of the Constitution.
"the public at large may itself think twice about cooperating with law enforcement"
That is already the case given that officials dont follow the law.
Yes, they are intentionally misinterpreting the law because they're foolish and lazy. There's a hell of a lot of that going around this century.
What are they going to use for information sources once they've soured everyone on them to the point no-one wants to talk to them? What boneheaded, muddled thinking this is. "Fools R us, and proudly so!"
You could argue over the meaning of "bad thing" ...
No need to go that far. I can stop at "it is, always has been and always will be, a dynamic system which is only poorly understood." Look, but touch sparingly, because you've no idea really what anything will cause it to do.
Its behavior has been surprising us since we came to exist and that's pretty much the nature of the beast.
Last year he was blathering on about charging drone operators for murder for flying drones near wildfires.
It's almost like he's a professional problem seeker looking to turn it into a cause which gets him elected to "higher" office. He's not the sort of solution anyone needs. There's far less costly and more effective solutions than him.
As has been demonstrated multiple times now, saying it's being used 'with court approval' is beyond useless, as numerous police and government agencies seem to have no problem being misleading if not flat out lying when it comes time to explain to a judge when a Stingray(or similar device) is being used and what exactly it can do.
In a perfect world, you'd be becoming rich off TD with your patented and trademarked unique ability to zero right down onto the crux of the problem at hand. Bravo!
He could absolutely inform the public of the details it's just possible doing so would cost him his cushy seat ...
How? By Harris Corp. bankrupting him with legal bills? He's the mayor! The city will pay the bills.
You may do better by passing a law making it illegal for diseases to infect living things. "Shaking down the herd" defines civilization for that well connected minority. We've improved on that predator vs. prey equation. Wildebeast herds don't need to worry about wildebeasts; only lions. In contrast, we do need to worry about predatory humans, and lions.
This whole "pass a law making Google GBit easier" is lipstick on a pig. This mess was destined to happen.
They needn't stoop so low. Persia/Iran has been fairly awesome for quite a while now. When those who fear you include the Roman Empire and Sparta before them, you're doing something right. The recent tweaking of the CIA's nose (kicking out the Shah) is just more attention from jealous wannabes.
Individuals are taxed when they earn money, when they spend money, when they save money. Their employers are taxed when they earn money, when they spend money and when they save money. And there's a billion pages on how to get out of paying this tax or that tax and how to be penalized for not paying a tax. The tax law should be able to be written on 100 pages or less in plain, common, proper English - not Lawyerease and a secret dictionary.
Which is why it's not. Boy, are you naive. The current system is about as flexible as they need it to be. Yes, corner cases and abrasion does occur, but generally not for long.
Every minute a revolution's not beginning, they're cleaning up.
The right to be forgotten imposes the much more sinister sounding obligation to forget.
Even worse, it imposes on inconvenient facts the obligation to never have existed. You get to re-write history. The facts don't get to speak for themselves. They can continue to hide in yet undiscovered archives and Samizdat, that's all.
Your expectation of privacy here should be as low as possible ...
I agree with this. I'd liken it to standing on the sidewalk of a street you've never been to on the seedy side of town. You hope no-one you know sees you while driving by. Until then, your privacy is ensured by your anonymity. Good enough.
- you are asking people you don't know to keep your secrets.
I'm not asking them anything but to ignore me like they do everyone else. Just move the packets.