And, of course, those defending the mass collection of data say the federal government is hardly getting anything at all! Nothing truly private! They aren’t reading our e-mail!
If they’re not, apparently it’s not from lack of trying. Tech privacy journalist Declan McCullagh over at CNet reports today that feds are asking Internet companies to divulge users’ passwords:
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.