Feds want universities, libraries to make it easier to sniff their online systems

Max writes about an article in Sunday's New York Times Technology section indicating that,

"The federal government, vastly extending the reach of an 11-year-old law, is requiring hundreds of universities, online communications companies and cities to overhaul their Internet computer networks to make it easier for law enforcement authorities to monitor e-mail and other online communications."


How much more privacy, how much more freedom are we to loose for the sake of that small yet much quoted increase in security?

If they want information, they can get it without your assistance.Call it self-service for the men in black.

Big Brother aspects aside...the "poke in the eye" here is the universities and colleges have to pay for it themselves which will of course be reflected in fee hikes....ouch !

Oddly a great deal. People at the NFL stadium in Tampa near where I live will subject themselves to unwarranted bodily searches just to watch a game.

Not me, thanks. If I am required to exceed what I consider reasonable I simply will not participate. I'll not submit to a pat down at the stadium, but I will go through the metal detector at the airport. It is all a matter of reasonableness. People hijack planes, no one clad in a t-shirt and shorts has ever blown up a stadium full of people.

Or is it; they need to do it if they wish to keep getting Federal money?At some point, the extra BS ought to out-weigh the money being given, and someone should start non-Federalized learning institutions for cut-rates.-- Ender, Duke_of_URL

Thats a good point...but the way it was presented in the article I got the idea they were complaining about the costs on this one...

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