Americans Given Up Hope of Anonymous Internet Access

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    Americans can be very divided about technology—Apple versus Google versus Microsoft, cloud versus local, and the list goes on. But it turns out we mostly agree on one thing: There's no such thing as Internet anonymity.
    Almost 60 percent of polled Internet users don't believe it is possible to remain completely anonymous on the Web, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. More than 85 percent of those surveyed, in fact, have taken steps to remove or mask their digital footprints—such as clearing cookies, encrypting their email, not using their real names online, cloaking their IP addresses, and more. A majority of respondents also said they'd taken even more proactive steps in an attempt to avoid being targeted by hackers, advertisers, and other unwanted online attention.


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    [h=1]US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet[/h] • NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records
    • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products
    • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'

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    [h=5]Maybe we should do away with encryption entirely? if encryption is not used then the NSA has no justification for their budgets. Granted having no practical purpose has never been a reason for discontinuing a federally funded program before, but the NSA staffs dedicated to decryption would have to find something else to do. Boredom would set in and the talented staff would quickly find useful things to do, such as writing new XBox games.[/h]