• Ridiculous government intrusion – Go ahead, cuff me & take me away

    21 May 2008

    Apparently our Big Government Federal prosecutors here in the U.S. are going to enforce Web site usage policies on behalf on the businesses who post them. According to this story, simply entering bogus information into online services could turn you into a Federal criminal. Wow. I would expect this from some countries, but I suppose, in reality, the U.S. isn’t much different than any of the others in trying to control what we see, say, and do.

    I like to been heard but I am a private kind of guy. Unless and until businesses step up and:
    1) secure their applications and databases that people can exploit and extract information from, AND
    2) stop asking for personal information they don’t need in the first place (yeah right!)…

    … any time I’m prompted for information on a form that’s not relative to the business transaction at hand, businesses will continue to get bogus information from me.

    I know the case in the story above is a special situation involving a suicide, but give government bureaucrats an inch and they’re going to take a mile. Before we know it, it’ll be an elaborate highway system for their own exploitation. Then it’s bye-bye Internet as we know it.