Logging on the other hand is completely different. I just log stuff and forget about it. Then, if there's a problem, I go back and check to find out a bit about the problem and hopefully get some idea about how to solve it.
Does that make any sense? I don't feel like typing anymore.
I think it makes complete sense to the people behind PRISM over at the NSA. That's pretty much been their argument all along.
They keep insisting they're not spying on Americans. They're just collecting metadata
- and they only really look at what they collect if they think there's a problem.
It's all word games that try to make exceptionally fine grained (and often wholly imaginary) distinctions based on the intent behind the act. But the mechanisms behind the act itself are the same no matter what the original intent. Which is why I consider what this product does to be categorically
The mere existence of a technology argues for its use. And justifications (limited only by our imagination to concoct 'what-if' scenarios) soon follow.
So while it's true that technology can be used for good or ill, some technologies have a greater potential
to commit harm. And more to the point, some technologies provide capabilities that almost beg to be abused
Surveillance technologies beg to be abused. And if the Snowden revelations have shown anything about this technology, they've shown us that the temptation to 'abuse and extend' is apparently too great to resist. Especially when it comes to the people most entrusted not
to abuse these capabilities.
Surveillance technology is a drug. And addiction, in the guise of "mission creep" (that clever euphemism for abuse and violation of trust
) inevitably follows. My company made a conscious decision not to get involved in any of this technology several years ago. But we have worked in places where it was heavily employed so we have direct experience in seeing where it all too often leads.
We may have lost some business because of that decision.
But we also saved our company's soul.
Worth it IMHO.