government -- and likely your own government, for that matter -- is either watching your online activity every minute of the day through automated methods and non-human eavesdropping techniques, or has the ability to dip in as and when it deems necessary -- sometimes with a warrant, sometimes without. Intelligence agencies and law enforcement bodies can access -- thanks to the shift towards Web-based email services in the cloud -- but it's not as exciting or as Jack Bauer-esque as one may think or hope for. Forget ECHELON, or signals intelligence, or the interception of communications by black boxes installed covertly in data centers.Extracting this metadata is not a mystery or difficult, in fact anyone can do it, but if you have the legal tools and law enforcement power to determine where the email was passed through -- such as an IP address of one of Google's data center in the United States.
It sounds obvious, of course, that's because it is. A simple court order is all it takes and it can apply to anyone in public office or the man on the street holding a sign warning that "the end is nigh." But it's OK; you're in Europe, or Australia, or Asia. Again, sorry to burst your privacy bubble but that excuse didn't wash with the European Parliament, it shouldn't with you either.It's how email works and it's entirely unavoidable.Every email sent and received comes with 'communications data,' otherwise known as "metadata" -- little fragments of information that carries the recipient and the sender's address, and routing data such as the IP addresses of the sender and the servers or data center that it's passed through.Two CIA agents, Tuck and Frank who are also best friends, have been benched because someone's after them. Actually pretty goodsomewhat predictable in hindsight but I'd still watch the movie again. Supernatural and Nikita both have a fanbase, and aren't that bad with action or drama.Tuck is divorced with a son whom he's not close to and Frank is a ladies man. If they actually watched the movies they wouldn't have rated it that low; I think they were going off plot summary. When more people see this movie the ratings will go up!