Posted By Kathleen David on June 7, 2013
The following is my opinion and mine alone. I will respect your opinion and I ask for you to respect mine.
Recently there has been a series of news articles about the US government mining the data of its citizens along with being able to read the data. This including websites visited, message boards, and e-mails. All of the sudden there is outrage for something that has been going on honestly since 2001 if you follow the papertrail and probably longer than that but it didn’t become obvious until 2001.
Frankly I always figure anything I put out here on the Internet will be fair game for someone. Which is why I am very careful about what I say on the Internet and what I say in e-mails. I am assuming that this will all be read at some point. Either now or down the road when archeologists (or whatever they are called then) are trying to make sense of our civilization. What one puts out here will stay out here pretty much for all time or until an EMP takes out our magnetic data.
I more worry about my banking information and personal data (SS# etc.) than I do about what I have said electronically. I think part of that is whatever I have said electronically I would be willing to say to the person(s) face(s).
Do I have some embarrassing stuff floating out there? Yeah, but honestly these days who doesn’t? Have I visited some questionable websites? Probably however not on purpose. I once followed a link that started at the Smoking Gun that ended up on a real white power slime ball site, which I backed out of quickly.
I have gone into the Internet knowing that any and all “names” I have had out there could be traced back to me. I have never tried to create a new personality on the Internet. I have watched others try to re-invent themselves on the Internet with varying results. Mostly not in the good category.
So if the Government needs to read about what I am up to, I give them permission to do so. I can say with a clear conscious I have nothing to hide.
I am grateful for a sense of peace.