Personal information no longer personal

To the Editor:

It’s clear social media Web sites like Facebook have become integral in the lives of multimillions and that Internet/social media technologies will only continue to explode.

Therefore, it’s vital people grasp how their detailed personal information is becoming evermore rapidly collected by these uncountable other Internet entities and potentially governments.

Facebook now forces users to organize their personal information into a “Timeline,” facilitating Web site “data mining.” As the Occupy Movement burgeons, dictatorial governments will increasingly seek Internet information to stop prodemocracy protesters.

Crucially, when does the definition of “ordinary protester” officially morph into “terrorist.” Interestingly, the FBI now wants to harvest information from Facebook and Twitter in the name of ferreting out terrorists.

Edwin Black’s book, “IBM and the Holocaust,” exposes how IBM’s “precomputer” technology (punch-card sorting) “pre-identified” Jews for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, slave labor and ultimately extermination.

The recently-enacted National Defense Authorization Act, ostensibly aimed only at terrorists, allows authorizing the military to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial, rendering “habeas corpus” and “posse comitatus” both dead.

Locally, what’s behind Republican legislators’ frenzy for changing Minnesota’s constitution to require a photo ID at the polls, even though citizen voter fraud barely exists. — Donna Christianson, Little Falls

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