Normally I would applaud the effort, but, in  this case the reasoning is a bit flawed. The EFF seems to believe that it is somehow wrong to use information freely put up by persons on social networking sites in ongoing investigations.

Excuse me, but does this not fall within the realm of freely available information?  If you put parts of yourself up on a public forum, you must remember that is is…public.

This blurb on slashdot tells of the effort –

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation and UC Berkeley’s Samuelson Center filed suit in California’s Northern District, asking the court to force a number of government agencies to hand over any documents they have concerning the use of social networking sites as part of investigative procedures.”

I suppose it is possible that we should be made publicly aware of the intentions of the government, but again, when you put anything out for public consumption, you should realize it probably will be consumed.

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At least Simon bar Sinister, er, Dick Cheney has his hands full complaining about the President, so he’s not watching. SimonBarSinister




If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.

Margaret Thatcher

isn’t that the truth. Some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope!

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