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Comment Re: This isn't metadata. It's just data. (Score 1) 60

Calling it metadata isn't what's hiding a massive unconstitutional collection of personal information. It's not like the government has been forthcoming on everything except that it used one word you find misleading. It's the appropriate term in this context in this industry. Complaining that you use it slightly differently in your line of work won't change anything.

Comment Re: This isn't metadata. It's just data. (Score 1) 60

Oh boy. Same thing applies to them too. The data in text messages is the content, what was said. The "data" on data connections is what what downloaded and uploaded. Metadata is the date, time, location, etc. In the intel world, we call it internals and externals. Internals is what was said. Externals is everything else.

Comment Re: This isn't metadata. It's just data. (Score 1) 60

Nope. It's metadata only in very specific reference to phone calls.

Which would be the case here, right? Talking about phone calls and all?

When they say they're only collecting "metadata, not the calls themselves," they're being deliberately, disingenuously, misleading.

So by using the appropriate term for that industry, they're being misleading? Metadata of phone calls has huge privacy implications. I get it. In fact, I work in the intelligence community so I know quite a bit about this. And I don't condone or support warrantless wiretapping, violating 4th amendment rights, etc. But don't get bent out of shape because they're using the appropriate term for that industry.

Comment Re:Data (Score 0) 161

I would like to know 2 things:

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms. Oh, I'll come in again.

Seriously though, 1 question per post, dude.

Comment Re:Liberty (Score 2) 356

I'll let you in on a little secret

Wow, that's great. Thanks so much. I'll let you in on another little secret: Not everyone in a group is the same, nor does everyone have the same agenda. That's called Presumption of Unitary Action by an Organization.

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