Saturday, June 10, 2006

NSA wants to mine MySpace info

According to New Scientist, the NSA is considering collecting information from social networking sites such as MySpace and Friendster to add to their growing database of information about American citizens.

I am vehemently opposed to the NSA tracking phone calls and Internet traffic, but I don't have any problem with this project. People need to understand that, when they post information on a public website (like MySpace), it's as if they went into the middle of Times Square and shouted the info into a megaphone.

I only object to eavesdropping in places where I have some reasonable expectation of privacy. People posting pictures and info about themselves on MySpace shouldn't have that expectation, although many do.