Humor: The NSA has a back-up plan in the wake of the court ruling on illegal data collection

Humor: The NSA has a back-up plan in the wake of the court ruling on illegal data collection
Earlier in the week, the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued a ruling against the NSA and its data collection program, calling it illegal, but falling just short of deeming it unconstitutional.

Let us pretend for a moment that Congress re-writes the Patriot Act, or passes the USA Freedom Act, thus curtailing the phone record data collection, does anyone believe that the NSA’s ability to gather signals intelligence will be all that hampered? Neither do we.

That said, what would the NSA use? Social media comes to mind. Think of the possibilities, those friends we all have that don’t know the first thing about privacy settings. Or, others that invent a hashtag for every single situation. Then there are those ever-tag-happy friends that tag you at every opportunity. Social media really is a low-hanging fruit, a gift that keeps on giving.

While the ruling may force a change in the law, we suspect the massive data centers at Fort Meade, Camp Williams, or Lackland Air Force Base, will be starving for data by any measure. Besides, in most cases, the data that is grabbed is willingly (if not wittingly) provided by us in the first place.


source: The Joy of Tech

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27 Comments

1. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

But I think they are doing it to protect the people.

3. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Collecting peoples dick pics isn't protecting them.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If you take dic* pics then you are a retard

5. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

What's wrong with taking dic pics??? I don't have any on my phone, but don't judge others by your boring standards!!

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You need to get out of the closet m8

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You do realize that dic pic joke is a metaphor made popular by John Oliver to educate less literate about the NSA's activity? Anyway, what he is trying to point out is government should not be allowed to spy on and invade people's privacy. Its like putting the blame on a woman for wearing short clothes at night and getting raped. Its not women's fault and so isn't the person taking his/her's pics of their genitals.

13. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

pii agree with you for the most part. But you said it isn't the girls fault for wearing short clothes. I think it is also their fault as you know when you show off you body people will look at you even more. Also sick people. The chances are bigger of being raped if you wear that kind of clothes its a choice you make. The same goes for taking pics of your genitals if younpost them online you know people can look into it sams goes for putting it on you computer if it has a internet connection

25. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

You sir are ignorant. A woman has the right to express herself as she chooses, same as a man. Nobody has the right to lay hands on another person if it is unconsenual. No excuses or exceptions.

26. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Where did i say that a woman or a man doesn't have the right to expres her or him self? It's just a fact that if you reveal more of your body the chances are bigger of being raped. It's a choice how you dress yourself but the risks of being raped are higher if you wear shorter clothes

8. Feanor

Posts: 1366; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I don't have a dick pic in my phone's memory, I have it as a wallpaper. Do you think NSA can look into that too? :-))

9. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah if they want to they can buy you know who cares about your dick!?

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

It's called advertising. A lot of women nowadays wanna know what they're getting before they hook up.... Unless you have something to be ashamed of. Now I see why you choose your username "ordinary" lmao

15. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Maybe take you & your little wee wee to a iPhone site where you'd feel more comfortable

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

> connecting username on tech site with dic* size Good job m8, you may put your dic* for your avatar now

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Sorry I'm not into dudes m8

10. gaming64 unregistered

Why and how the f++k did dic+ picks enter the topic -_-

11. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's about dic too your dic pic is also personal info that they may steal and record ;)

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Elementary my dear Watson ! Read my comment #7 & watch this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_Udb8SYeS0 Consider yourself enlightened !

22. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

don't post your porn pics on facebook. not safe.

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both - Benjamin Franklin

21. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Protect the protect people from what??? earthquake? or tsunami ?

23. almostdone

Posts: 448; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

We need protecting from the goverment.

2. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Low-hanging fruit

12. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

2 possibilities : 1. all this is just for show, everybody knows including the congress, executives (president et al), even other agencies that spying is still happening, which is fine for me... heck i dont care what the nsa/cia/fbi etc is collecting from my email etc..and if these agencies are hacked, well, tough luck for us... 2. the new law is legit, but the agencies are still doing it anyone, please let these agencies know how-the-hell-else are they supposed to anticipate terrorist attacks, be it foreign or domestic, if they're not able to monitor communication traffic...

19. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

At the highest levels there's no real accountability to Congress or the people. I'm sure nothing will stop them from collecting as much information as they want

20. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I'm sure too. and good knows what else they have been recording.

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

So true it hurts. Except afaik, Twitter is good at privacy protection, they've fought court orders regularly.

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