Thoughts we can’t escape in this surveillance state

I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about … pretty sure

This morning I wrote about an attorney general's contention that Google should do more to ensure that its autocomplete feature doesn't foster criminal activity by offering suggestions such as "prescription drugs online without a prescription." Before writing I found myself typing a variety of such terms into the Google search box, just to see what autocomplete might have to offer. Stuff like:

  • Buy guns online without a background check.
  • Buy explosives online without a permit.
  • Buy pressure cookers online.

Just a journalist doing his job.

However, after a few minutes of such Googling, I stopped and thought: "Did I just buy myself a spot on the TSA no-fly list?"

Silly ... right?

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