Letters to the Editor

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Tag: privacy

April
7th

DRONES: Regulate private sector use as well

We see more debate among elected officials about banning or regulating the use of drones by the government, but where is the debate about the private sector use of drones?

Big business (and small) and individuals already have access to drone technology and are using it. They can and do intrude upon our privacy and private lives as easily, if not more easily, than any law enforcement agent. And, private individuals and businesses have absolutely no legitimate reason for doing so. They, unlike the government, cannot even argue national security or law enforcement.

I don’t want drones hovering over or

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March
17th

PRIVACY: We don’t need a ‘Lindquist exception’

Re: “Sides await ruling in county cellphone case” (TNT, 3-16).

In this age of burn phones, drop boxes and the unrecorded face-to-face conversations of public officials, Glenda Nissen’s demand that Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist produce his private phone records seems almost quaint.

Nissen, a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy, contends that the records may contain information that would prove Lindquist conspired or ordered others to harm her reputation. He states her accusation is frivolous and without merit, but will not produce the requested records.

Lindquist contends that he has a right to privacy but acknowledges that he used his

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Dec.
18th

PRIVACY: Thanks, Amazon, for ruining Christmas surprise

Thanks to the Google/Amazon/cookie universe, my wife and kids can see what I’ve been shopping for at all kinds of vendors (Campmor, REI, etc.) every time they start the PC. That’s because the ad banners display what they think we “may” be shopping for based on what we bought or browsed for recently.

This is beyond creepy, and I want it to stop now. Who knows what else may be getting tracked? We need to know!

Aug.
7th

PRIVACY: Nothing new about NSA’s snooping

It seems very strange that Congress professes shock that the National Security Agency is intercepting people’s telephone calls. Author James Bamfield has detailed exactly that in his books for years.

In his 1982 book, “The Puzzle Palace,” Bamfield wrote how the NSA monitored satellite traffic from an antenna farm at the Yakima Training Center. In 2008’s “The Shadow Factory” he gave explicit details about how fiber-optic cable traffic, both foreign and domestic, was diverted into secret “black rooms” at the major telephone companies switching centers.

It was any open secret to the technicians who worked at those exchanges. Snooping by

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July
30th

NSA: Snowden owed thanks – for what?

Regarding the National Security Agency’s wholesale sweep of phone numbers, the issue of privacy seems a bit overblown.

True enough, a record of my telephone calls exists somewhere in cyberspace, but I don’t consider the fact any more invasive than phone company records, which can be accessed by any government authority with sufficient reason. Until and unless I become a terrorist, I don’t really have to worry about it.

Among the millions, if not billions, of telephone numbers in a government computer, mine is probably among them. So what? I haven’t heard any knocks on the door late at night,

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June
14th

POLITICS: Krauthammer’s ‘Gotcha’ analysis

The column by President George W. Bush’s former policy adviser, Michael Gerson (“Extremist politics only serves to poison patriotism,” TNT 6-14), was perfectly juxtaposed below Charles Krauthammer’s weekly Obama attack piece (column, 6-14).

Krauthammer takes issue with the following Obama quote: “We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” Then Krauthammer pulls out another Obama quote: “You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy. . . . We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”

In other words, we need to make some hard choices in

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June
7th

PRIVACY: US fighting a new kind of war

Regarding Eugene Robinson’s column (TNT, 6-7) about privacy becoming an obsolete commodity, I understand his concern. However, we are at war and sometimes I think we forget that. It is not the battlefield war in Afghanistan. It is being fought here, every day.

The digital age makes it possible to download instructions to make poisons and build bombs. It is not the job of the Internet to do anything but dispense requested information. The morality of those requests is not part of any digital environment, and if it were, we would be concerned about censorship.

We live in a

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June
7th

PRIVACY: Pitts begrudgingly defends Sarah Palin

Re: “Even the most public figures have a right to privacy” (Leanard Pitts Jr. column, 6-6).

Reading Pitts’ column almost took my breath away. He was reporting on Joe McGinniss, who is writing a book about Sarah Palin. For the most part, Pitts’ remarks were actually defending Palin’s right to privacy. However, Pitts conveniently left out a very important fact: McGinniss has made many nasty, critical remarks about Palin in interviews already. This leads many to believe this book will be nothing more then a gotcha book on Palin and her family.

Kudos to Pitts for finding the courage to

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