HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

No privacy? Don’t blame NSA

Written January 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

We should be troubled by the government’s sweeping up and storing of everybody’s telephone records, but not too much. The data are so massive that there’s no realistic chance that anyone’s privacy is being compromised.


Want privacy? It’s easy

Written November 4th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Revelations about the vast extent of surveillance by the National Security Agency drive home one point that’s been made many times but deserves to be made again. When we engage in electronic communication, we cannot count on privacy. In fact, if the communication is sensitive or could be embarrassing, we should expect that its confidentiality […]


NSA program: It’s not really “surveillance”

Written August 4th, 2013 by

It’s hard for me to see how our liberty is endangered by the National Security Agency’s collecting of telephone and Internet records. Much of the complaining about this, it seems to me, is overly theatrical and even hypocritical. The way the program has been explained, it does not sound like true surveillance to me. Nobody […]

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