This morning, you might have checked your Facebook account. According to StatisticBrain.com, over 1.7 billion people in the world have a Facebook account they log into at least monthly, so you’re certainly not alone.
While you’re logged into Facebook, you might come across a page you decide to like so that those updates show up in your news feed. Now let’s say one of your friends posted a meme you find amusing — so you like that as well. As you travel around the Facebook world, you leave a trail of likes. But did you know that trail is followed by big data companies, government agencies, and researchers? One researcher designed a way to know things about you, information that not even your spouse may know about you.
Read the rest at Liberty Nation.
My latest column at LibertyNation looks at the new leaked information over at The Intercept.
The Intercept published their story in June of 2016 with heavily redacted information; even between the black bars of governmental secrecy, a picture emerged. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, using National Security Letters, spies on journalists in the United States – without a warrant, without probable cause, and without any constitutional backing. This week Intercept republished the story; this time, they offered the full, unredacted, still-classified documents, showing the entirety of the FBI’s program.
You’ll want to read the whole thing.
I know several folks who will shrug at this news. “So what,” they’ll say. “The government spies on everyone.” Others will say that after what Wikileaks exposed regarding our media, they should get spied on.
Both would be horribly wrong. Knowing it occurs as a rule doesn’t mean you look the other way, or somehow excuse it by virtue of its prevalence. Fight it. Help stop it.