|Washington Post Claims Persons Who Seek Privacy Are Criminals|
|Post by Trevor Lyman | Liberty Crier|
|Monday, 06 August 2012 15:15|
I'm concerned by the opening paragraph of a Washington Post article covering Skype's recent policy changes regarding how they share their user data with the government. Until now Skype has been considered an extremely secure and private method of internet communication.
From the Washington Post:
'Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police, said industry and government officials familiar with the changes.'
Some questions should be raised.
First, why only make the reader aware that some who seek privacy are "dissidents" (whatever that means) and criminals, without mentioning that hundreds of millions of everyday people with political opinions and zero criminal intent also seek privacy? It's wrong to slant privacy as something that is only used by nefarious persons for illegitimate purposes.
Second, what's wrong with wanting to communicate outside the reach of the Federal Government? We do it every day when we talk to one another in our homes and in public places. If the government claims it needs to have recordings of all of our phone calls and internet communications on hand because they might one day need to subpoena them as evidence, what is to stop them from saying they need to record ALL our private communications for the same reason? Are you willing to start recording everything you say and then hand over the tapes to the government in order to assist them in providing us with this wonderful service they seem so intent on giving to us? No? Then why would you let them record your phone calls?
If we are going to be a society that believes because the government CAN record us THEY SHOULD, we are in for a very dangerous ride.
The only impression I can conclude the Washington Post is trying to convey in their article is that those who value privacy are among the criminal element, and I can't help but wonder why they would want to do that.
There are plenty of things in each of our lives that we would rather keep private, and that doesn't make us criminals. Never forget that.