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Refractions off the PRISM
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SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. The Snowden leaks indicate that despite their protestations, the giant Internet companies—Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Skype and YouTube—made the data of their users, clients and consumers available to the secret service establishment, and cannot breathe a word about it.

We seem to be living through that proposition in the Kafkaesque aftermath of the Snowden leaks about mass, indiscriminate snooping by the U.S. secret service establishment, which cumulatively amounts to a universal violation of the human right to privacy.


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There are methods to collect intelligence either for the safety of a nation or for the business. After
revelations, the US/UK spying is focussed for less of national security and mostly on
economic/business/commerical/poltical interests of these nations and transnational companies to protect
their interests. Further, citizens have rights to protect their identity and privacy. Further there are
constitutional mechanism to control and monitor the spying agencies. In real times, US secret courts are
giving orders to spy on the public. As a citizen I think apolitically this looks likes normal, but it is abnormal
with any standards. Watergate scandal which involved spying on less than 100 individuals, the Govt
collapsed, now the so called democratic nations are silent. In the name of terrorism and national safety, we
lost the common sense of human rights, civil liberties and freedoms. Day by day the hollowness of the
western democracies is exposing.
from:  B. Rama Naidu
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 01:51 IST
US secret agencies are best in the world and the condemnation of the
projects, though from someone opinion may be illegal , but in my view
are not for the threat of its citizens but for the safety of the nation
.
from:  ashlesh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:00 IST
Why government surveillance alone? Even a business magazine can snoop
on your password. This I learnt from my experience. You open a login
account,and when you get intimation for acceptance of your login
account,your password which you use to open your e-mail id is shown.
You have to change your password for the e-mail id .
from:  Deendayal Lulla
Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 at 13:12 IST
Nowhere in the world spy agencies are allowed to invest in private enterprises as it happens in USA. CIA invests in ventures of private individuals! How can this be when they have access to all that happens in other businesses?
from:  Nasar
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 at 17:04 IST
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