En af de samtaler, som jeg fortsat ser se stige til toppen af NSA spionerer kontrovers er, at virksomheder allerede indsamler denne type data om amerikanere til markedsføringsindsats.
For jer uden for USA er forfatningen ret klar med Fjerde ændring af vores Bill of Rights som borgere.
Den fjerde ændring af Bill of Rights
Folkets ret til at være sikre i deres personer, huse, papirer og virkninger mod urimelig ransagning og beslaglæggelse må ikke krænkes, og ingen warrants udstedes, men af sandsynlig grund, understøttet af ed eller bekræftelse, og især beskriver det sted, der skal søges, og de personer eller ting, der skal beslaglægges.
Whether or not you believe that the collection of meta data should or shouldn't be covered under the 4th Amendment isn't going to be argued here. I have my own beliefs but I'm not a Constitutional attorney (and even they don't agree).
I know I'm a marketer so my opinion is skewed, but I love that companies are paying attention to me. I want to share information with them and I want them to use it to improve my customer experience. If that means product recommendations or targeted messaging, please do! I love product recommendations!
Now, let's equate the goal of marketers to the mål for regeringens spionage. The government's pursuit of meta data is to identificere mønstre der fører til en dybere efterforskning af borgerne baseret på deres adfærd. Denne efterforskning kan føre til anklager og i sidste ende fængsling. Så mens marketingfolk søger at sælge mere med data ... regeringen søger at finde og fængsel folk for at beskytte amerikanerne.
That's not even close to the same so please stop comparing the two.
I don't mean to be flippant, but please look at the history of our incarcerated in this country. According to data, 95% af straffedomme er resultatet af anbringender uden nogen formel beviser, der nogensinde er fremlagt, og de fleste gider aldrig med en appel.
So let's take the longshot here. I travel a lot and I discuss politics online. How long would it take to overlay my conversations questioning the government with actual anti-government or terrorist activity geographically throughout the United States? This week, I'm heading to Chicago. Perhaps there's a sleeper cell in Chicago within a few miles of my hotel that the government is collecting data on. How many overlaps will it take to procure enough circumstantial evidence to put a case together on me? Combine this with the guns I own and how does that appear?
Now line it all up – from my government criticism, my military service, my travel to large cities throughout the world, my ownership of guns – and add to it the full force of federal prosecutors with unlimited budgets. I don't have the resources to hire high-powered attorneys to defend myself. Is that really a longshot? I don't think so. Again, our history is absolutely full of overzealous prosecutors who have gone after conviction after conviction to improve their political pursuits.
Please don't compare the marketing of companies to the goals of spying on citizens for national security. They're completely different.
Opmærksomhed NSA: Just a note that I'm not anti-government and would never take up arms outside of defending myself. I'm very much supportive of local government and law enforcement. I'm often an opponent of federalization, though, for its inefficiency, overreach and corruption.