Ignoring warrants, the Secret Service has been buying up location data from

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Basically, if the government can buy the data, it doesn’t need a warrant. Does anyone else see the flaw in this?

Well that can’t be answered generally, the devil is in the details. In the general case this covers from “can the Secret Service buy phone books?” to “can they pay somebody to rob you and steal your wallet and phone”.

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Well, as much as I don’t like it, at the end of the day this is information that was basically surrendered by the people to these companies, who are being public and explicit about what they are doing with it: sell it to third parties.

Why wouldn’t the government be allowed to buy goods and services from these companies, just like they can buy, say, safety equipment for public workers?

Is it giving them too much power? Absolutely.
Is it their fault? Absolutely not.

I see the problem, but is one that people have brought upon themselves (and all of us).

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Pushing the topic a little further.

Just yesterday I started reading this book


Right in the introduction, the author suggests that information is going to be a substitute for money or even taxes.

In my opinion the author is spot on topic about what’s coming in this information age. The book is excellent, if you like it and haven’t read the previous ones I would definitely recommend them as well. The topics are the same but more in-depth.


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