Anonymity is becoming a luxury. Where it will never be possible to forget or get lost ever again. Finding patterns from these trillions of megabytes of data has become the biggest asset of the 21st century.
At the lower end of the surveillance market are small firms that provide products designed to spy on people. These firms are in the so-called "lawful interception" business, selling malware and spyware to the police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe, as well as to governments. The interception industry is growing rapidly, with worldwide sales estimated to reach $1.3 billion by 2019, according to Markets and Markets, a research firm.
Welcome to the world of automatic facial recognition.
Without meaningful regulation, we're moving into a world where governments and corporations will be able to identify people both in real time and backwards in time, remotely and in secret.
Police sources expect the new bill to require communication firms to retain data on website addresses for a year.
I've come to believe that a lot of what's wrong with the Internet has to do with memory.
How wonderful it felt when I first realized the permanent record didn't exist.
And then when I grew up, I helped build it for real.