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The online "search" is more on the order of a wiretap, i.e. the idea is to slip a trojan into the target computer to log content and contacts. This, together with audio and video home surveillance, represents a new qualitative level of privacy infringement potential.

Under the new law, a court order is required in advance, with exceptions for "urgent" cases; there a court order can be obtained subsequently. The problem is that they do not need to show probable cause that a specific crime has been committed, but merely an "acute danger of terror across the borders of a single state".

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Nov 14th, 2008 at 03:17:03 AM EST
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