Maintaining privacy on the Internet is nearly impossible. We consumers have no choice in the matter. All the major companies that provide us with Internet services are interested in tracking us
I am going to start with three data points.
One: Some of the Chinese military hackers who were implicated in a broad set of attacks against the U.S. government and corporations were identified because they accessed Facebook from the same network infrastructure they used to carry out their attacks.
Two: Hector Monsegur, one of the leaders of the LulzSac hacker movement, was identified and arrested last year by the FBI. Although he practiced good computer security and used an anonymous relay service to protect his identity, he slipped up.
And three: Paula Broadwell, who had an affair with CIA director David Petraeus, similarly took extensive precautions to hide her identity. She never logged in to her anonymous e-mail service from her home network. Instead, she used hotel and other public networks when she e-mailed him. The FBI correlated hotel registration data from several different hotels -- and hers was the common name.
The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we're being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was tracking him; 105 companies tracked his Internet use during one 36-hour period.
(Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a ‘security guru’, he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator)
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The board, on 15 March 2011, unanimously shortlisted five candidates for the post of DG of DD and AIR. However, within eight days, the board members were ‘asked’ by the I&B ministry to convey their order of 'preferences'
While the Union government always keep saying that Prasar Bharati, which controls All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD), is an autonomous body, when it comes to appointments for the top post, the autonomy vanishes, reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The file-notings received through a RTI petition by Subhash Chandra Agrawal, reveals that eight out of nine members of Prasar Bharti Board including its chairperson, changed their decision made on 15 March 2011 for twin posts of Director Generals (DG) of DD and AIR. The preferences given by the board members were changed on 23rd March.
“Board's unanimous resolution passed on 15 March 2011 in this regard was signed by all the members during the meeting itself where file-notings clearly reveal that finalised short-listed names were according to preference of short-listed members. But there are no signatures of board members on the changed decision dated 23 March 2011, suggesting probability of fulfilling the formality of seeking ‘consent’ of members telephonically," Mr Agrawal alleged.
After the interviews held on 15 March 2011, the board short-listed three persons for DD and two persons for AIR for the post of DG. The names suggested after extensive interviews—in that order—were LD Mandloi, Tripurari Sharan (1985, IAS, Bihar), and Ramsubhag Singh (1987, IAS, Himachal Pradesh) for the post of DG, Doordarshan, while G Jayalal and LD Mandloi were short-listed for the post of DG, AIR.