So you thought it was okay to joke about overthrowing the government? You thought your rights were protected by the Constitution, the Parliament, or law of the land.
Well you were wrong, we were all wrong. What should we do about it? Encrypt our email.
The NSA reads your email, the European Union saves your telephone calls for later use, Yahoo hands over your search results to the government if they ask nicely (or not). Everything you do online can easily be stored and recalled to be used as evidence against you.
This is fine of course, if you are terrorist or are communicating with terrorists. But what if you have a legitimate interest in Eugene Debs, John Kerry or healthy dissent? Well you are in luck because you can encrypt your email with GNU Privacy Guard.
GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) encrypts your email with your private key and makes the contents only openable by those to whom you send the email. This is a great way to provide yourself with privacy and ensure that it will be more difficult for those who want to snoop on your private communications. GPG can be used on nearly any operating system and integrates particularly well with Apple’s mail program as well as Thunderbird and Evolution. The government, any government really, has ways to break this encryption, but it will take a while if you use a strong key.
Start using GPG, write to your friends and family, speak your mind freely with Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote in mind - “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”