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NSA: Security Help or Intrusion?

The National Security Agency (NSA) isn't just concerned about government computers -- but also cares about private computer that, if compromised, could harm national security.

The NSA is working on "Perfect Citizen," a system that detects hacks into power plants, transportation systems, health care entities, defense contractors and other critical organization. It also reportedly will help shield Google.

The NSA has always been a highly secretive organization (I reckon it kinda has to be), and this has led to fears of unwarranted intrusion such as through ECHELON, a system that can monitor worldwide electronic communications.

Similar concerns are being expressed towards Perfect Citizen. Privacy advocates fear the system could be abused by current or future administrations to spy on who they deem to be NonPerfect Citizens.

Do you trust the government, or like Eric Schmidt, believe that if you have something to hide you shouldn't be doing it? Send your opinions, if you dare, to [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on July 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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