Saturday, March 12, 2005

E-mail scans

Just when one thinks that the government can do nothing more to shock you or make you want to bang your head against the world, especially regarding their decisions for the IT sector, they go around and do something like this.

What does this mean in terms of internet security in Pakistan? Does the government really think that tracking e-mail accounts (and that too for a month) will help solve e-crimes? Dear God, is there no end to this madness?


H.A. said...

That is so true Huma! I dont know what email scanning will achieve except compromising our privacy! Plus, with this news out, arent email users who use their a.c for fishy purposes will be forewarned? It is highly unlikely they will continue using email to communicate.

Shuaib said...

Oh! Of course they will continue to use email. There are tons of ways of getting around such scans. Take it this way. Those who don't know how to protect their privacy, do not really need protecting themselves, and, those who need to protect their privacy, always know their way around such obstacles.

For anyone worried, the basics are, start emailing encrypted messages (GPG would be a good start). There are tons of web proxies to insure your browsing privacy. A simple google query would bring up tons.

BTW, I am happy that our politicians are getting smarter, as they are discussing such *technical* stuff. :-)

Rafay Bin Ali said...

Actually when was anything ever 100 percent private in this world? It never was and it never would be. Governments have always tracked and monitored people, which in my opinion is not all that bad. It is part of their job. At least the government is being honest by informing the people that they could be monitored.

The way I see it, there is no point in debating something that was always there and would always be there in the future.

uXuf said...

Is it really worth it?

Putting the snoop over only the ISP email accounts. How many people actually use ISPs accounts?

And would-be criminals would use the ISP accounts? I doubt that.

And then I agree that there a lot of ways to get around protecting your web identity. Is this step really needed? Or is just this step another one to invade the privacy of innocent people?