NY Times: Internet firms are asked to keep search records. Justice Dept. tells executives it may need data to counter terrorism and child porn.
This is roughly akin to having them follow you around everywhere you go with a video camera, watching everything you do, including in your home, just to have a record later on. It is like capturing a video of every book you simply pull off the shelf at a library, or in a bookstore.
This will have a real chilling effect on communications, including citizen media; when a whistleblower’s every move is tracked by government and the ISPs, telling dangerous truths will be harder than ever.
But the chill will go much deeper, and the danger is truly alarming.
It is all being couched in the guise of protecting children, of course, the refuge governments use to justify these moves. It is another — huge — step toward a pervasive surveillance society.