unlametheweak writes: North Carolina thinks of the children by passing a law http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/S
e nate/HTML/S132v3.html requiring parents to verify they are parents before letting their children onto social networking sites http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070528-mys p ace-age-verification-for-parents.html.
Notwithstanding the whole concept of an Internet ID for people in general; children are now being tracked by cellular phones with GPS, spied upon with Parent Controls (MS Vista has built-in parental spyware), and also strategically placed Nanny Cams, keyboard loggers, etc. Is the zoo-like Minority Report world in which children are growing up in today doing more harm than good? How will this affect a 14 year old, much less a 17 year old "child"?
MedicinalMan writes: According to an LA Times piece from Thursday, the US government gave money to Mexico for phone/email tapping. The political implications in Mexico involve the historical relationship of the US and Mexico, and loosening of the Mexican constitution. The implications for Americans however involve potentially skirting 4th Amendment issues by using interception of American/Mexican communication as a basis for warrants issued by American courts. The Supreme Court has ruled that the 4th Amendment only applies to people in the U.S. and the NSA currently has the power (both technologically and legally through FISA) to intercept foreign traffic, but that usually involves national security issues, not "common" prosecution of crimes. With small outlays of $3 million, it seems that it will be relatively simple to monitor Americans from the outside without constitutional protection.