Governments Sharing Your Digital Details
Thanks to a new executive order issued recently, the U.S. government and private sector companies will be sleeping even more closely together. Unfortunately, you’ve probably already guessed that that means bad news.
President Barack Obama announced Friday, Feb. 13 that information regarding cyber threats be shared between private companies and the government. The move was one more step toward locking down the private information flow of the Internet in the radical pursuit of your information by the modern surveillance state.
That the announcement was made on Friday was no accident. Late Friday announcements on unpopular policy shifts or governmental news has long been done to eschew any immediate criticisms. By that time of the week, most people are thinking about happy hour or weekend plans far more than they’re focused on important current events, even as it does affect their privacy.
The executive order came during a cyber security summit by the executive branch at Stanford, where Obama acted to facilitate a new era of information exchange between private companies at the data-collecting government.
Although he called for common standards including for the “protection for privacy and civil liberties” it’s hard to view the new order as anything but the foundation for further intrusion.
The executive order puts the Department of Homeland Security in command of information wrangling, which some think could alleviate public concern about “No Such Agency” looking at all your other private information. Through this order, the DHS will collect, manage and disseminate the information to other governmental agencies, as well as private companies.
The full report at Wired can be viewed here. Needless to say, the executive order attempts to look toothless even as it chomps down on the free flow of digital information.