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 […]


Nothing stays secret forever

Written June 10th, 2013 by

So what have we learned so far from the latest flap in the terror war? The main thing is: You can’t trust anybody — especially not to keep secrets. The young man who told a British newspaper and the Washington Post about the massive American telephone and Internet surveillance program was reported to be a […]


 
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