A recent article in Fox News made me think about “Who is Watching and Reading my Online Infromation”, given the fact that I started wiping cookies from my favorite browser, Chrome.

Why should I or you be concerned?

Government Leaks What about people like Eric Snowden, Bradley E. Manning whether a watch dog or just a person standing up and yelling out what our government does in it’s “transparency act“. Which the more I study about, is just another “Hey Over Here” Distraction that the latest presidential cabinet does. Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t like Obama, but this isn’t about him as this goes back several presidents.

Websites, like TheGuardian.com or WikiLeaks.org

Government Tracking

NSA_eyeThe National Security Agency (NSA) has a data-mining program called PRISM.

That program is the source of 91 percent of the 250 million Internet communications collected through Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which authorizes PRISM and the upstream programs, according to an 2011 opinion and order by the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court“.

The PRISM program data-mines for not just phone records, but emails, chats, and photographs.

Many are lobbying against this stating this is a violation of the U.S. citizens Fourth Amendment. Which states “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” and “no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Other Programs include were Blarney (1970 & 65.96 million), Fairview ($94.74 million), Oakstar ($9.41 million), Lithium and Stormbrew ($46.04 million). There was even information on $56.6 million income in payments from “Foreign Partner Access. These systems were built with Boeing, Cisco and Juniper Networks, just to name a few. Information collected through phone companies did not start post 9/11/2001 as most think. They started years before in 1978 with the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”. They collect “passive” or “upstream” data usually through fiber-optic cables now. The Government is allowed to use the phone networks and high speed Internet traffic under the “Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act

Browser Trackers

Ever hear of Cookies? Or Behavioral Tracking? It’s a $39 BILLION Dollar business, watch the video, I just can’t explain it or document it any better than Gary Kovacs TED Talk on “Tracking our online trackers” If you are a Parent, this Video has a VERY Scary ending for you.

GET The Video HERE Gary Kovacs Tracking the Trackers

In Depth Demonstration from the Video above at http://collusion.toolness.org/

How to Delete your Cookies… a great article is here http://www.wikihow.com/Delete-Tracking-Cookies

Phone Companies

VerizonIn 1994 Congress allotted $500 million to reimburse phone companies to retrofit their equipment to accommodate wiretaps on the newly formed digital networks.

Verizon, AT&T, Level 3, Quest In Fact Verizon with 10 other phone companies plan on participating in the PRISM Projec t*.
Why for $10 Billion Dollars of the next 10 years as they will be the sole hosting and cloud storage platform for the government. Even a court order issued by federal judge Roger Vinson ordered Verizon to turn over millions of U.S. customers records to the NSA and will continue to do so.

Verizon charges $775 for the first month and $500 for every month after that for a wire tap.

AT&T charge the Government $325 to activate surveillance of any given account then a rate of $5 or $10 a day, they also charge $75 per tower used.

Smaller companies like Cricket and US Cellular charge $250 per wire tap.

Keep in mind that the Apple OS and the Android OS themselves report on information you send and receive.

AND FINALLY the Internet Companies

Google, Apple, Facebook, Dropbox, Microsoft, Paltalk, AOL and Yahoo all have “…denied” participation in the NSA PRISM program. Yet a little research will prove that Apple, Facebook and Google provide information to PRISM, but unlike AT&T “don’t’ take money for their services”, YEA RIGHT!

The White House CONFIRMED that U.S. Intelligence agencies have “access to data held by Facebook, Google, Apple and other web giants for nearly six years in a bid to ward off threats to national security.”

Without Plagiarism I suggest you read the entire article by Julie Wilson, the link is below for an in depth look at what the Internet companies do.

A class action law suit filed in May states Google “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages.”

Yahoo states in its new updated terms of services agreement that grants Yahoo the permission to “scan and analyze all incoming and outgoing communications content sent and received from your account.”

It seems the only one truly standing is Microsoft’s online Outlook.com, however even they were found out by the ACLU to also get info to pass on to PRISM. Along with it’s recent purchase of SKYPE, so I guess no more cam to cam p0rn, I think this will KILL long distance relationships.

Why is Scanning your email so important?

In a recent article by FoxNews.com, both Yahoo.com and Google.com mail services use the information in your email to ‘tailor appropriate ads based your email content’. Yet both companies and most likely any free or paid online email service does a similar thing, chasing the advertising revenue.

But at what cost? Again our Fourth Amendment rights!

How Do you Feel Now about Who is watching and reading your online information?


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