Who is surprised that the Feds are looking at what is on the WEB?

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  1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
    Don Bobbittposted 5 years ago

    Who is surprised that the Feds are looking at what is on the WEB?

    Honestly, I am watching the national news fools, CNN, and one of their headlines is that our most recent whistle-blower said that the Feds are looking at what we, myself and my fellow Americans, as well as the rest of the world are putting onto the WEB?
    What I want to know is;
    Just who, in this techno-insane world of ours actually thinks that anything they put onto the Web is secure, in any way?


  2. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    If the government wants to look at what I'm putting on the web, they're welcome to peruse my hubs all they want. I could use the page views.

    (Waves) Hi, Mister FBI/CIA/NSA guy!! Enjoy your reading!!!

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
      Don Bobbittposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      FatFreddysCat- That is the right attitude. You have accepted the fact that there is no such thing as security or even secrecy once you put ANYTHING on the web. I learned my lesson a few years ago when my email info got stolen and used by a hacker.

  3. LillyGrillzit profile image80
    LillyGrillzitposted 5 years ago

    Good! Then they can track down the two entities who have hacked HubPages and the thousand of highest ranking Hubs and bring them to justice. If they are reading my unstolen Hubs, I just hope they do not click on any ads! (wink - wink)

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
      Don Bobbittposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If only they actually cared!

  4. Wayne Brown profile image83
    Wayne Brownposted 5 years ago

    I say "let 'em look"...maybe Obama and that band of socialist hold up in Washington will get a perspective on how well received their ideas are here in America.

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
      Don Bobbittposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wayne- Good Point. But we need to remember the #1 Political edict. Get an organization approved, and then turn it into a Money Cow full of unnecessary people performing unneeded tasks, with no real goal in mind.

  5. pagesvoice profile image84
    pagesvoiceposted 5 years ago

    Seriously, did anyone really think, for a moment, that the web is secure from scrutiny by the powers to be? Personally I think it is a great tool for monitoring hate groups, fanatics and your all around nut job crack pots. Frankly, I would be disappointed if the government wasn't looking at posts on the web.

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
      Don Bobbittposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good Point, Pagesvoice. We, the people, need to understand the limitations placed on us! And, we need to set our federal dogs loose on the real bad guys, BUT, we do need to keep a good set of reins on these dogs of ours.

  6. Ericdierker profile image46
    Ericdierkerposted 5 years ago

    This is a great question for folks who write and try to publish for a living or serious hobby. Here is something I would like to know though. If I use trigger words so that the gov't bots come looking at my stuff all the time --- will that disqualify from Adsense for having unnatural traffic.
    On the other hand if I knew all those trigger words I could use them all the time to increase traffic.  HMMMM.
    Hey I do still think that my phone should be private. Call me old fashioned And call me an anarchist but I think private email needs to stay that way.
    I think it might be a great hub if someone spent time arguing why the "web" should not be trolled by Gov't.  And then extend it to why the Gov't should not be able to watch TV or listen to the radio.
    That is my eclectic take -- let someone try to make sense of it. And congratulations to the person who got the job position that Snowden left.

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
      Don Bobbittposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I like your perspective, but as a retired R&D Engineer in the Cellular world, there is one thing that every person who issues something to a service that will send it over the air.
      If it is transmitted over the air, someone has access to it.

  7. profile image0
    Larry Wallposted 5 years ago

    Anything that goes over the Internet, including e-mail, should not realistically expect any degree of privacy. E-mail programs have gaping holes in their security. Once you send something, there is nothing to stop the recipient from forwarding it to anyone. There is no security.

    As far as telephone conservations, they should be secure, but cell phone conversations are so easy to hack into, you should be careful what you say because you do not know who is ease dropping. It could be the government, or the guy down the street, who use to work for the phone company.

    We all have a right to privacy. However, securing that right is an entirely different story.

    People who post their lives on Facebook or other Social Media are inviting the world into their lives and thus they have given up any real expectations of privacy.

    I am certain the Feds are looking at some stuff on the Web. The best defense the average user has is that there is so much content out there, it would be impossible for the government to keep track of all of it.

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
      Don Bobbittposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Larry, I like your point, but actually, the government has the equipment to statistically sample every single thing that is transmitted. PERIOD!

    2. profile image0
      Larry Wallposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, they have the ability, but do they actually sample every thing. I suspect they do not, but that is only speculation on my part, so your opinion is as valid as what I think.

  8. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    No, I am not surprised. In fact, I am sad to say, I am not surprised by much of anything the government is doing.  I never assume anything I do is secure, including my phone. I have no secrets but that isn't the point. We should feel we can have a modicum of privacy but we really don't.

  9. Pamela99 profile image91
    Pamela99posted 5 years ago

    I am clueless as to why they would waste time and money on this. What does it have to do with terrorism, which is certainly the thing to worry about.

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image95
      Don Bobbittposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Pamela99- I agree, but I also know that every government bureaucracy evolves its goals to self justification and expansion. After all, it's just money, and not even real money to them.


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