Spying on Everyone
From official government documents the revelation is that many organizations are spying on everyone, including you and me, our email, social media, phone calls, and it gets worse in that they share your private personal information with other organizations that may have commercial value and harmful consequences.
All of this without your consent and knowledge.
EPIC FOIA Request Reveals Details About Government Cybersecurity Program
New documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit reveal that the Department of Defense advised private industry on how to best circumvent federal wiretap law. The documents concern a collaboration between the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and private companies to allow government monitoring of private Internet networks. Though the program initially only applied to defense contractors, an Executive Order issued by the Obama administration earlier this year expanded it to include other “critical infrastructure” industries. The documents obtained by EPIC also cited NSPD 54 as one source of authority for the program. NSPD 54 is a presidential directive issued under President Bush that EPIC is pursuing in separate FOIA litigation. For more information, see EPIC: EPIC v. DHS (Defense Contractor Monitoring), and EPIC: EPIC v. NSA – Cybersecurity Authority.
The CISPA and other legislation about privacy and personal information appears to be about legalizing activities that are ongoing to protect the entities engaged in this covert spying, profiling, and data mining market.
Read on for more details…
U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance
April 24, 2013
Justice Department agreed to issue “2511 letters” immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
… In 2011, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn publicly disclosed the existence of the original project, called the DIB Cyber Pilot, which used login banners to inform network users that monitoring was taking place. In May 2012, the pilot was turned into an ongoing program — broader but still voluntary — by the name of Joint Cybersecurity Services Pilot, with the Department of Homeland Security becoming involved for the first time. It was renamed again to Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program in January, and is currently being expanded to all types of companies operating critical infrastructure.
Read full report: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57581161-38/u.s-gives-big-secret-push-to-internet-surveillance/