Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snowden May Be Right

When Edward Snowden stolen all those records from the US government, he said he did so to show the world how pervasive the US spying online truly was. I will admit when I first heard of him, I thought he was slightly naïve. I mean everyone spy on everyone else right?

However as more and more data is released, I must say I am slowly changing my mind on Edward Snowden. It does seem that he has a point. In the latest release of documents stolen by Snowden, the report show that US and British spy agencies even routinely spy on people who play online games!

According to the report, published by the New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian, the NSA and Britain's GCHQ had been worked together since 2007 to develop ways to gain access to information from applications for mobile phones and tablets. This means that if you play an online game like Angry Birds or used mobile applications like Google Maps, you can be tracked by the spy agencies. Even other applications like Flickr, Flixster and applications connected to Facebook, are being tracked.

It doesn’t help that the US government openly admit to this. In a statement, the NSA said "Any implication that NSA's foreign intelligence collection is focused on the smartphone or social media communications of everyday Americans is not true."

That statement basically admits that domestic intelligence collection on the social media communications of everyday Americans is happening. Sorry but what in the world do you expect to find on Angry Birds? That is even more stupid than the story that US spy agencies track players who played World of Warcraft!

And that’s saying something! As more info is released by Snowden, I have to say his case is getting stronger and stronger. The US spy agencies have overreached and even that may be an understatement. 

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