After the federal government admitted that telecom carriers assisted the feds in their domestic eavesdropping program, it was only a matter of time before further speculation started. If they can spy on our conversation, can they also collect information on our e-mail, Internet activity and video-on-demand choices, too?
Yes, Virginia, they can. And, the ability to do so is not really anything new in this age of intelligent search capabilities and recommendation engines. The information capable of being collected is probably not much different than what AOL or Google can get on you already. Not that any companies are sharing this information. Still, the privacy battle is on.
- See this piece in The Chicago Tribune