This Real News Network video not only gives a disheartening recap on how various transparency freedom fighters are faring legally, but also provides a sense of how the security state is extending its reach.
A useful companion read is Felix Salmon’s post, The Long Arm of the Google. It appears Google’s version of “don’t be evil” is being very cooperative with the self-designated good guys, the police. Key sentence:
Law enforcement officials, it seems, have pretty easy and routine access to Google’s search-history database, and this is surely only the beginning when it comes to sifting through huge amounts of data to find evidence of crimes. The SEC, for one, has had a large data-mining team in place for a good five years now, going through enormous quantities of data to look for signs of suspicious activity.
That was enough to get me to switch to Duck Duck Go. Plus Google’s results have been sucky for a while (they switched their algorithm maybe 18 months ago to greatly favor recency, which made their searches vastly less useful). If it was as bad as it is now when I was writing ECONNED (summer 2009) I’m not sure I would have been able to meet my publisher’d deadline.