Eric Shadowens, Tech policy professional
Considering your views on Internet privacy issues, what is your take on the encryption debate? Is there a legitimate case for a backdoor for government access?
The encryption problem is evolving and I am hardly an expert. I basically believe the Internet has no privacy. As with the telephone, you have lost the expectation of some privacy when you place a call because by now you know the number called, time of the call, and its length are being recorded as part of the billing system.

You want to protect what you say by a federal law -- but that only guarantees privacy if somehow you find out someone else was listening.

The Internet allows even less privacy since with the hacker can be thousands of miles away. Ironically again commercial entities are putting together profiles of any of us and little concern is offered.

The government tries to satisfy the public's concern about terrorists and suddenly it's a privacy issue -- although no actual misuse of the so-called telephone data base was shown -- other than the handful that the National Security Agency itself uncovered and eventually disclosed.

The new limitations on collection and holding of telephone data will be in place. If there is another terrorist episode let's see if complaints emerge that the intelligence community failed to connect the so-called dots.
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