The FBI's dumpster-dive into Paula Broadwell's email archive has not yet revealed evidence of any crime, but it has revealed to America the extent to which our government is capable of collecting and surveilling our electronic communications.
Greg Miller and Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post :
Many details surrounding the case remain unclear. The FBI declined to respond to a list of questions submitted by The Washington Post on its handling of personal information in the course of the Petraeus investigation. The bureau also declined to discuss even the broad guidelines for safeguarding the privacy of ordinary citizens whose e-mails might surface in similarly inadvertent fashion.
The Petraeus/Broadwell email dragnet, which hasn’t yielded evidence of any crime, has brought our attention to the FBI’s sweeping powers to surveil email. But as ProPublica’s Peter Maas writes, “It’s not just email.” In July, Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, cajoled major cellphone carriers into disclosing the number of requests for data that […]
Geoffrey Fowler and Evan Perez in the Wall Street Journal write about one practical (and, yes, obvious) takeaway from the Petraeus scandal: “Privacy protections for even the most sophisticated users of consumer-email services actually protect very little.” Or, as Kurt Opsahl from the EFF puts it in the article, “If the director of central intelligence […]
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