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The real problem with Carnivore

A News.com reader writes that there are many ways digital-tracking systems could be used to interfere with legitimate and legal processes.

     

      
    The real problem with Carnivore

    In response to the July 23 article "Feds must fess up about Carnivore":

    The real problem with systems like Carnivore is that they might be used by corrupt governments and government officials to thwart the legitimate businesses of law-abiding companies or people. Having a system that looks at all the digital traffic will make it impossible to track who has seen what information, and will make it impossible to track how that information may have been used or shared.

    These kinds of systems may also be used by the state to track and subvert the aims of legitimate, legal groups that may be in opposition to state or government plans or policies. They might even be used to track the private communications between individuals and their representatives in government, or to track communications between lawyers and clients.

    Carnivore--or its successor systems--could even be used to gain a political advantage over a party that is not in power.

    There are many ways these systems could be used to interfere with legitimate and legal processes.

    Gerhard Gehrmann
    Canmore, Alberta