Friday, 7 June 2013

Big brother

There are some stories in America concerning legal undercover operations of data capture from private citizens and a lot of surprise and alarm is being recorded. However, why is this a surprise, when we know that as long as telecommunications have existed, governments have listened to their people.

Articles in The Washington Post and The Guardian described a process by which the N.S.A. is also able to capture Internet communications directly from the servers of nine leading American companies. The articles raised questions about whether the N.S.A. separated foreign communications from domestic ones.

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community.

Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geo-located data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

Do you really believe that you are able to control this issue?

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