NSA, GCHQ, PRISM, Snowden and the internet…

Posted: June 10, 2013 in Discussion, Opinions, Political, Politics, Society, Uncategorized
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skeletal-debateI really do not know what all the fuss is about…

Edward Snowden has confirmed what many of us already believed happens on a daily basis; by bringing PRISM to the forefront of media.

A self-confessed believer in conspiracy theories, I have embraced the digital age including mobile technology, and every risk associated with using it. Every day I run the risk of having my social media accounts hacked, virus’ covertly inserted my hard-drive and worst of all my wife finding out I have more than two email accounts.

We are already aware of the personal information that Google and Yahoo collect on users to target advertising; why not extrapolate this example to Governments. The activity of Google and Yahoo in my eyes is just as intolerable as alleged actions of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States, or the Government Communications Headquarters the United Kingdom (UK). But it is the price we must pay for advancing technologies: someone somewhere will find the technology to get what they want, when they want.

How do the allegations put forward by Snowden differ from intercepted letters, written by soldiers fighting on the front, were censured; or the interception of wireless transmissions? Okay, instead of discriminating against the few it is alleged Government agencies are indiscriminating against the many.

“Even if you are not doing anything wrong you are being watched and recorded”, suggests Snowden. Go to the garage and fill up, your car registration will be scanned and checked, to see if you have tax and insurance. Use your super-market loyalty card and they will know more about your shopping interests then you. My journey to work is 21 miles and I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire journey could be tracked. All this information can easily be manipulated to benefit the end users purpose.

Yes Snowden could have done something wrong, in as much as being in breach of the terms of his contract of employment. Whether this his actions are morally or ethically acceptable is not for me to say. But I suspect when the dust has settled there will be a T-shirt, a book and then a film.

For what else is there for us to do if we don’t like what we have heard about the alleged actions of these Government agencies? Quit the world-wide web…?

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