1984 Is Closer Than We Think

This week, the world was at shock when the National Security Agency’s technical assistant Edward Snowden, revealed to The Guardian that the USA government used a program called Prism, since 2007, to collect data of what people do on the internet. According to the whistleblower, the greatest Internet services such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft or Facebook, give access to the NSA, through Prism, to whatever their users may be doing on the Internet… Despite vehement denials from both these companies and the government, it is clear that this latter has access to much more than what we may think. The companies even admit to sometimes granting data in extreme cases. Supposedly, Prism only collects data from foreigners, but ultimately, everyone is affected. We all know that 9/11 changed a lot of things, and one of them is the balance between security needs and the right to privacy of citizens, in democratic countries… If Prism concerns the USA, it is known that the UK and many other countries (like the “Five Eyes” alliance) endorse these practices for “counter-terrorism” purposes.

Many questions arise. Shouldn’t Prism be immediately shut down, since it is a massive violation of the right to privacy? Shouldn’t there be more transparency from governments, if they act in the benefit of our security? On the other hand, aren’t Prism-alike programs necessary if we want true protection? But more than all this: didn’t we all subconsciously know? Weren’t we all expecting this? Can any of us seriously think that there is any privacy on the internet? We use Facebook, “clouds” and other sharing programs, that put an incredible amount of information online… This doesn’t mean that it is “ok” for anyone to profit from this; just that it is inevitable…

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