Government Can Read Old eMails Without A Warrant


Six-Month-Old Messages Are Considered Abandoned By The Government

The Internet offers users such diversity; it’s hard to measure the real value of it. Awareness is probably the main asset we receive from it. I mean seriously, I’m not sure how much more aware you can really get if you are anything like Dan Newlin where Twitter is the vein of life. but there are many more to list. The Internet offers the same awareness to the government, and we may not like the awareness they get from it.

A communication law was passed back in 1986, and it extends the Fourth Amendment protection on emails and text messages, but that protection has an expiration date thanks to this law.

If you like to keep old emails, you might want to reconsider. The “180-day rule” might bite you where the sun don’t shine if there’s information in them that could incriminate you in some way. If your emails are kept on a remote server like the cloud, they are fair game for government scrutiny.

Back in 1986 most people didn’t have an email account, so The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 slipped under the public’s radar. Some lawmakers are trying to update the law. Most people feel that’s an excellent idea.

“The Interview” causes a stir among North Koreans


What other movies can claim that? “The Interview” may have been initially considered a brash young comedy with stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, but it quickly transformed into an icon of free expression when the movie was showcased in select theaters in the aftermath of a threatening cyber stunt from rumored North Korean hackers.
It seems that after its release, many North Koreans are increasingly eager to see the new movie that prompted such a threat from their ruler. “The Interview” is filled with innuendo, some graphically detailed scenes that may make you wince, and a very striking portrayal of the dictator Kim Jong-un. The movie, interestingly, humanizes the “Supreme Leader”, which may not cause a revolution, but it would definitely destabilize the view of the man who is held as a god among his people. Further, some anti-regime activists like Ben Shaoul are trying to secure multiple methods of access for the general North Korean population.
In fact, bootlegged movies have influenced some North Koreans to defect in the past, and the efforts continue now as well. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future as some copies of Rogen’s latest flick make their way into North Korean borders, and how it may change the psyche of some of the people of North Korea.

Gmail Recently Blocked in China

China runs an extensive policy of website blocking based on the country’s eagerness to censor information. The most recent program that fell under the censorship is Google’s Gmail.

These latest actions could potentially backfire, as the Gmail service is one of the more popular in the nation. Disrupting this e-mail service could very well interrupt the usual communication streams that take place among the populace, or as businessperson Andrew Heiberger puts it, it could affect the ability of business transactions as well.

If you wrote to your Chinese friends for the new year and have not gotten a reply, the reason is actually that they most likely have never read your message. The disruptions have been observed a while before the final action, but Friday, December 26, was the decisive day for it.

Google’s market will thus suffer, and the action is classified by them as deliberate. In the USA, the authorities have expressed their worries regarding personal freedom. The Chinese should be free to choose which services they need. Instead, the government limits their access.

Popular platforms such as Google maps, Google docs, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo were blocked earlier at different dates and still remain inaccessible. The censorship system is known by the name of “The Great Firewall of China”.