from Silver Underground:
At the GigaOM Structure:Data conference earlier this month, CIA CTO Ira Hunt delivered a bizarre and thought-provoking presentation on the CIA‘s “cybersecurity” plans. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much time to discuss cybersecurity and instead confessed that the CIA is committing widespread identity theft against American citizens. Said Hunt of Central Intelligence Agency policy on stealing private data, ”The value of any piece of information is only known when you can connect it with something else that arrives at a future point in time. Since you can’t connect dots you don’t have, it drives us into a mode of, we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever.”
CIA Director John Brennan’s confirmation testimony reminds us that the CIA is disallowed by law from engaging in clandestine activities within the United States. Collecting data on Americans would seemingly fall within that definition.
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