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Police look to hack citizens’ home PCs

Police and state intelligence agencies from several countries may soon be working together to secretly hack into private citizens’ personal computers without their knowledge and without a warrant.

According to a London Times report, the police hacking process, called “remote searching,” enables law enforcement to gather information from e-mails, instant messages and Web browsers, even while hundreds of miles away.

Furthermore, the Times reports, a new edict by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels has paved the way for international law enforcement agencies to begin remote searching and sharing the information with each other. According to the Times, the United Kingdom’s Home Office, the nation’s lead government department for immigration, drugs and counter-terrorism enforcement, has already quietly adopted a plan that would enable French, German and other European Union police forces to request remote searching be done on UK citizens’ computers.

I haven’t much to say here except this: If you have DSL or some other form of “always on” broadband, disconnect your computer when you’re not online.

2 thoughts on “PC Privacy

  1. I have one comment

    Why should I be worried? The reason you would worry about this is because you have something to hide. I don’t have anything on my computer anti government or anything like that, and I don’t have anything that I would be ashamed for others to see. As Americans, we place much more value on privacy than anyone else throughout the world and throughout history, and I dont think its necessarily a good thing.

    Luk 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

    • Why be careful?

      Well, I don’t want private data on my computer accessed by unauthorized folks. You know, personal information, financial data, and so forth.

      Also, what if being a Christian eventually becomes criminal — do I want “unknowns” having access to my machine?

      So, yes, I do have something to hide…if you look at it that way.

      Oh, one more thing: Would you object to anything you’ve ever sent by postal mail being retransmitted on the back of a post card?

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