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    Immediatly after the Secret Service confiscates his devices on Apple’s request:

    I would need to buy a decent replacement. I decided to go to the Apple Store and see what was in stock

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      I think we need a word stronger than naive here.

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      Here’s where I post the obligatory Popehat “shut the fuck up and never, under any circumstances, talk to federal agents” series of articles.

      Seriously. “I wish to speak to my attorney” are the only words you should ever say, especially if you are actively having a warrant served against you.

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        Insightful. I wonder how this would play out in other countries, where the Secret Service (or alternative) has more appreciation for a healthy discussion of the legal/ethical/moral boundaries at play here.

        I agree with the author, the general public consistently assumes a right to privacy where often there is none. Failing that, they assume government organisations are on their side, fighting for the same team. As the author points out, this is rarely the case.

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          No snark intended - but which countries did you have in mind?

          Even New Zealand, where I grew up, is now admitting that they’ve been using CCTV cameras as tools for spy agencies:


          I mean, how many countries have an equivalent to the Secret Service that would be okay with the author blogging about their experiences?

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            None taken.

            I suppose I didn’t mean the secret service, but rather government parties being open to discussion. As an example, although Australia is part of Five Eyes, and definitely spies on citizens, some parties actively oppose such spying.

            In line with the post, the media aren’t as restricted when it comes to posting about things, or maybe journalists feel like they have more liberty in that regard. The most recent example I can think of here is the uproar over data collection via the COVIDSafe app.

            If the media isn’t holding the government to account, then who is?

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              The most recent example I can think of here is the uproar over data collection via the COVIDSafe app.

              I hadn’t been following that. Wow, the numbers are awful.

              This also explains why they’ve steadfastly refused to provide Web-based check-in for people who don’t want the app, or even a public API to develop free clients against (e.g. for the PinePhone, which I’ve offered to do).

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                The only thing the federal government got right with COVIDSafe was data protection, which was instituted first as an order made by the health minister and then passed as law when Parliament next sat. Unfortunately they shipped an app that didn’t really work, and used a design that necessitated storing data when there were privacy-preserving alternatives available.

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              I had an “incident” in Canberra where I was photographing on a public street near the Attorney General’s office. I was told by an officious sort exiting a nearby building with an ID badge I couldn’t read that I shouldn’t do that. I have no idea if this is true, but people have opinions on what you can photograph, even if it’s public or visible to the public, and some apparently with legal backing. I didn’t see much of a security reason why this would be so, and certainly not a privacy one, but I suspect such laws (if it legitimately existed in this case) handwave away firm justification.

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              A captivating story. I feel like he would most certainly be in jail today and/or Apple has since upped the security or permissions on the machines in stores today.