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Thanks for providing the links. It looks like CNN either did not fact check this properly or, as you suggested, wanted to put a particular spin on the story. It is important to understand that officials do have to provide probable cause.

As for the remarks


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I'd have no doubt the application didn't have the requirement for reasonable cause, as from their point of view it's implied. IMO border security aren't there to get private personal information from innocent random people. They are there to stop bad buys. They want whatever makes their job easier.

Of course, we all expect that the agencies born with a specific purpose carry out that purpose: police should catch the bad guys and only the bad guys. Prosecutors should incriminate the guilty and only the guilty. Border control agencies should keep malicious actors out and only them.

In an ideal world, all people working in the Public Order system are flawless and don't make mistakes. This includes all people working in border control agencies.

In reality it's not that simple: there are plenty of cases of miscarriage of justice worldwide. In industrialized nations the situation is better but is still far from perfect.

I agree that these laws should be intended for the bad guys to be intercepted and that for example border security aren't out to snoop on people's private lives. I do not subscribe to conspiracy theories suggesting organizations such as the NSA in the US, the GCHQ in the UK (equivalent to NSA) or other similar entities engage in global mass surveillance on purpose.

The point is a different one: any system without sufficient checks and balances is prone to abuse. The limitations of power are there to mitigate that abuse.

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Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612375/using-wi-fi-to-see-behind-closed-doors-is-easier-than-anyone-thought/

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New article: tracking your location

I get comfortable, I tell myself not to be paranoid, and then I get new reasons to get less comfortable....

It seems that many, many companies are in the business of physically tracking where your phone is (you're there too ), and then selling that information. Personal details are removed, they say, but there is still a lot of information that gets captured and sold.

It's obviously worthwhile information to companies who want to send you targeted ads, and you might say that as long as they don't record identifying information, your privacy is not being affected. But that does sit well with me. This article shows how easy it would be to identify you and way too much about you:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-ap...0Stories&pgtype=Homepage

It's also creepy, even if all they do is send ads based on where I've been. Do I want anyone to be able to buy that data? I don't think I do.

Bob.

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