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Keyloggers Infringe On Privacy

A recent discovery reveals that the Department of Homeland Security has been secretly directing computer manufacturers to install devices into new laptops that log every key pressed, and potentially transmit this information over the Internet. This keylogger is hard-wired directly to the Ethernet card, allowing the data to transmit over the Internet directly into the hands of the government.

This is clearly an infringement on our privacy (Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965) and the fourth amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

You can read the original article here.

Actions like this remind us of the dangers of the Patriot Act. Despite the attempted filibuster, the provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire at the end of December were voted by the Senate to be extended six months. The House has not yet voted on this.

According to the letter received by the keylogger discoverer, the Department of Homeland Security has the "right" to record what we do on our laptops as it relates to "law enforcement tools and techniques" and "national security." If me browsing the Internet is a threat to national security and involves law enforcement, then how far does this really stretch?

No one knows exactly which laptop manufacturers and laptop models have these key stroke loggers in them, but if the government feels that this is justified it could soon be every computer off the assembly line.

Posted by Ethan Poole at December 22, 2005 5:00 PM