Give Any Government Emergency Powers, It Won´t Give It Back

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Do you feel the US Patriot Act, and EU Data Legislations are in conflict leaving end users, and businesses confused as to their expectations of Privacy?

The Patriot Act passed at the height of our hysteria over 9-11. At the time, a lot of us thought we were seeing terrorists holding vials of smallpox and suitcase nukes at every street corner. We were so freaked out over the next potential attack that we gave government the keys to do anything it wanted if they would just keep us safe.

We get stupid when fear drives us. I can testify to that because back then I was one of the fear-laden souls who wanted the government to do whatever it took to prevent more attacks.

Once you give any government emergency powers, it doesn’t like to give it back.

That’s why, in recent years, I’ve spoken out against the likes of SOPA and PIPA. I’m not willing to cower in the corner while Congress gives the government even more power to violate our freedom.

Bill Brenner | Akamai | Senior Program Manager | @BillBrenner70

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