Tech Talk Tuesday: Digital Privacy

Updated: Tuesday, December 24 2013, 12:12 AM MST
Tech Talk Tuesday: Digital Privacy story image

By Lonnie Valencia

In my best singing voice, “I always feel like somebody’s watching me.  And I have no privacy. Whoa!  I always feel like somebody’s watching me. Tell me is it just a dream?”
Big brother is always watching!  In today’s tech talk, the number one way to stay off the radar and why some think this invasion of privacy is good for us.



It used to be that if a google search lead you to some shady website (we’ve all been there, don’t act like you haven’t) the browser history and cookies were your worst enemies.  Now, even if you wipe your computer clean, there’s some government server that has everything about that event.  Somewhere stored away on a hard drive is your dirty little secret with your login time, a picture of you time stamped, the website that you went to - all there ready to be leaked for the world to see.  Oooo the shame!  That’s the idea that most of us have, right?  

Well, with what's going on in the news regarding NSA activity,  that could be close to the truth.  So conspiracy theorists, you got pretty close on this one, I’ll give you that. To even further their conspiracy, the NSA was caught gaming on Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, and Second Life.  All this snooping in the hopes to catch terrorists using these networks as a way to communicate to each other.  The only problem was the NSA found, that like everyone else, the terrorist just were gaming along with the rest of the nerds and gamers.  I guess they too, need to get away from it all and get their game on.  

So right now a U.S. District Court Judge says the NSA’s collection program is violating the Constitution's Fourth Amendment.  The Judge stated in his 68 page opinion that the government could not cite one instance in which the program stopped a terrorist attack.  

Take that you overly intrusive spy program, you came up with nothing!  So give us back our digital privacy.  Wait!  Some say that having the government poking around is a good thing.  That it’s a blanket of security even if it means we suspend the rights of the many to track the evil few.  So what?  The program didn’t exactly stop terrorism by itself.  What if the info it collected in a roundabout way gave us the upper hand and saved lives? Is the program now worth what the U.S. District Court Judge is calling it’s efforts unconstitutional?  Some would agree.  

All that said, I would have to set aside this debate for better people then me to decide.  Personally, I would like to game or surf the web without having to think twice about what I say or do.  Then again, I’ve not felt the loss of a loved one to a terrorist attack and saying flat out, “No,” to all types of monitoring feels like I’m dishonoring the ones that have.

So tell me what you think about this situation.  Are you going to start putting black tape over your webcams?  Do you even think you’re that important to track? Ooo... and I almost forgot, I promised to tell you how to stay off the grid.  You can’t!  If big brother wants to know what you are up to, they will find you. Sorry!


As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.















Tech Talk Tuesday: Digital Privacy
comments powered by Disqus

More El Paso Entertainment


Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top coming to El Paso
The legendary ZZ Top is coming to El Paso. The longtime, iconic rockers will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, Live Nation officials announced Friday.
El Paso Downtown StreetFest: Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Weezer to headline
Rob Zombie, Halestorm and Weezer will be headlining this year's El Paso Downtown StreetFest on June 26-27, officials announced today.
Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies
Coming up: Katt Williams, Brad Paisley, Salt-N-Pepa
Katt Williams: The popular comedian will take his "Born Again ... Again Tour" to the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E.
Brew at the Zoo features craft beer, music and animal encounters
El Pasoans can sample craft brews while enjoying an evening at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday at the El Paso Zoological Society's Brew at the Zoo event. The inaugural fundraiser will include music from the Joe Barron Acoustic Duo, Mother of Pearl Vinyl DJs, Our Friend the Mountain and Fixed Idea. Sponsor L&F Distributors will feature 30 craft breweries, each offering a sampling of a variety of beers.
Dining out: Places to eat in El Paso
Central Amigos Restaurant: 2000 Montana, $$, 533-0155. Food and great specials. Ardovino's Pizza: 206 Cincinnati, $$, 532-9483, ardovinospizza.
Stay in tune: Marc-André Hamelin to perform
Grammy-nominated pianist to perform
Dave Acosta: Get your sunscreen and bottled water--Festival season is coming
The spring-summer festival season is quickly approaching. Lineups are being announced and people are anticipating hot weather and long music-filled days and nights for the many festivals that are a day's road trip or cheap flight away.
Restaurant review: Cantina Malolam features delicious dishes at a trendy location
Cantina Malolam has something for everyone. If your thing is sitting out on the patio drinking $2 Tecates and munching on quality, way-above-the-norm $2 street tacos, you can do that here. Cantina Malolam, located in the trendy TI:ME at Montecillo, a hip spot that is part of a cluster of nontraditional shops, serves traditional Mexican dishes with a modern sophistication.
Tiempo calendar: "Truth," "Get Reel series," "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged"
Feb. 27 "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged": The fast-paced, gag-a-second play deconstructs all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, and thee sonnets, into a two-hour show Feb.27-March 14 at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10; $8 for seniors; $7 for students and military. 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
Stay Hungry: Phone app promotes El Paso brew spots
A new mobile phone application by a local developer is working to put a comprehensive list of pubs around the Sun City together.
Things to do in El Paso: Nightspot listings
Aceitunas Beer Garden: 5200 Doniphan. 845-2277; aceitunasbeergarden.com. The Bird Dogs, 9 p.m. Saturday.
Movie capsules: "A La Mala," "Focus," "The Lazarus Effect"
Compiled from El Paso Times staff and wire reports. Listings are subject to change.
Stay in focus: Kick off St. Paddy's with 'Little People'
Kick off St. Paddy's with 'Little People'
Electro-house musician Steve Aoki reschedules El Paso concert
Electro-house producer and DJ Steve Aoki has scheduled a makeup date for his earlier postponed concert in El Paso, organizers announced Thursday.

Come back often for updates of TV listings and El Paso area and Las Cruces entertainment stories. KFOX14 covers entertainment, programming and other entertainment related subjects. KFOX14 is dedicated to providing the best, timely and up to date entertainment news for El Paso and Las Cruces.

KFOX14 El Paso - Live Cast Watch live broadcasts of KFOX14 News seven days a week!
KFOX14 El Paso - Live Cast Like KFOX Scoop on Facebook!
advertisement
advertisement