The US National Science and Technology Council has set up a committee to deal with internet privacy and how it can be balanced against the needs of the government and law enforcement. The group will look at global attitudes and laws in order to draw up US policy and possible legislation. It aims to create a common set of …
Surprising committee composition
The defense department has had a large role in producing and shaping the Internet technology to protect privacy that I am surprised there is no military or department of defense representative on the committee according to the linked blog post.
Seems reasonable but ... ?
Isn't there another perspective namely that of unlawful access to information or profile analysis committed by pretty legal service providers accessing information improperly?
Sorry to state the bleeding obvious, but different departments have different requirements. So a common policy is completely useless.
Each should have their own networks, security systems, negotiated software/hardware/service agreements, desktop builds, IT standards and policies, etc with no common standards or shared infrastructure in place whatsoever (i.e. multitudes of independent IT fiefdoms) for that very reason.
Google can do that!
Why don't they just pass the whole question to Google? They will do the right thing.
Steven Walker for CEO of Google...
At least his intentional jokes make more sense than Schmidt's sound bites. :-)
No, it's a "committee."
So Facebook and Google can sit down with the Chinese government, the CIA and the Mossad to determine how much privacy we all need...
"... the US will diplomatically lobby foreign governments to adopt the standards ..."
The US rarely uses diplomacy, unless this is what you call financial or industrial blackmail. Even the UK is susceptible to it.
The French, however, are not as Charles de Gaulle, despite his many faults, taught the Frogs to tell the US to take a hike. Cost them nothing; kept their self-respect and really pissed off the USA who grudgingly gave them cookie points.
Meanwhile Britain has allowed the US National Security Agency to set up it's very own spy base in Yorkshire whilst the US Air Force treats the UK like a land-locked aircraft carrier and even used British airports for 'black' rendition flights.