"A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. [Senator Pat] Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies—including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission—to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant." —Maybe we're all better off without the Senate protecting our Internet privacy. UPDATE: Tech industry people get angry, Leahy kills the warrantless part, for now.
Aren't Facebook's new "privacy" settings grand? So many Facebook profiles, now all publicly available. (Thanks, Mark Zuckerberg!) For example, here you can see Lionel Garcia's Facebook page. Garcia, a 2007 graduate of Pasco Senior High in Washington State, has been in Afghanistan since February. Right before he left for overseas, the Marine posted to Facebook that "I'm gonna go illegally drive without my liscence." [sic] But now that he's in Afghanistan (all this is by his own report, of course), he's found new fun things to do. The other day he "officially made an afghani hold up a sign that says 'I'm A Faggot' while I took a [...]
Thanks to the glory of the Internet, you can now learn more than just what your Facebook friends are up to; you can also get intimate updates on the lives of total strangers. Your Open Book uses theFacebook API to enable anyone to search all public status updates by keywords. And given that Facebook changed its privacy settings last December to make all status updates visible to the entire Internet by default (unless users changed them back a more restricted setting), most Facebook status updates these days are probably public ones-whether the people who posted them know it or not.