White House Secretly Gathering Web Users Data

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/16/obama-wh-collects-web-users-data/

    EXCLUSIVE: W.H. collects Web users' data without notice

    The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.

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    The National Legal and Policy Center, a government ethics watchdog, said archiving the sites would have a "chilling effect" on Web site users who might wish to leave comments critical of the administration.

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    "If the White House has nothing to hide, why is this cloaked in secrecy? Why won't they make the dollar amount this is going to cost public?" Mr. Boehm asked.
     
  2. OldRegular

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    Big bro be here!
     
  3. matt wade

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    Is there any information on what they were gathering or for what purpose?

    Based on what I just read in that brief article, they are collecting publically accessible content and storing it. Nothing wrong with that, though I would wonder why.
     
  4. billwald

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    Collecting public information? Every newspaper and news bureau does that. Big deal. Public is public.
     
  5. Aaron

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    It's a big deal when the White House is doing it.
     
  6. Magnetic Poles

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    There is no expectation of privacy on public web sites.
     
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    Not relevant the issue is the archiving of information. Why would they need to do that? Quite suspicious.
     
  8. Magnetic Poles

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    Go borrow one of carpro's tin foil hats. They are adjustable to any size. Google archives this stuff anyway. nbd.
     
  9. Revmitchell

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    and there is a difference between google who provides the databases and the President of the United States archiving opposing information. There is no legitimate reason for it. But the koolaide must taste good.
     
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    No big deal. Unless you remember the zero campaigning against this sort of thing.
     
  11. carpro

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    That's expected. He's lied about so many things, but one has to wonder...

    why they're keeping it so quiet?

    Plus one needs to consider his recent misuse of the names gathered at his "snitch" website.
     
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  12. HankD

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    You will be "called out" for an IRS audit.

    As an aside, I wonder if the ACORN woman who claimed she shot her husband is having her data "looked into".

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    This is nothing really new. It's been going on since the Patriot Act passed. That doesn't mean I support it.
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    05/28/2002
    Internet surveillance up since Sept. 11th
    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2002/05/28/net-surveillance.htm

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In the seven months since the passage of a sweeping law to combat terrorism, Internet and telecommunications companies have seen a surge in law enforcement requests to snoop on subscribers.
    Privacy advocates fear that expanded police power under the Patriot Act — combined with lax oversight and increased cooperation between the government and private sector phone network and Internet gatekeepers — may be stomping on civil liberties.
    The new laws do not apply just to terrorism but to other crimes as well.
     
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    I caqn't help but notice that you don't condemn it either.

    Apples and oranges.

    This article states that it was part of a law enforcement program against crimes.

    Obama isn't claiming to be doing it for that purpose.

    His last go around was for purposes of ferretting out opposition.

    Why should we believe that this is any different?
     
  15. alatide

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    I condemn it, OK. Please don't try to put words in my mouth. Have you condemned it from the passage of the Patriot Act as I have or do you condemn it only as it relates to a Democratic president? I'll bet you supported Bush's every move which took away our freedom as necessary to combat "terrorism."
     
  16. carpro

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    :laugh:

    Obama is doing everything he can to keep the Patriot Act intact.

    Try to keep up, Troll.
     

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