Today with the extent of internet in our personal lives,we all have shared some or most of our private life moments with someone over the internet. Be it facebook, twitter, whatsapp, snapchat, dating sites or any other sharing platform, we use them commonly to share our private moments as we all feel our shared information is safe and nobody sees it.
But what if you come to know that it’s no more private now and somebody is spying over it. It sounds scary right??
How would you feel if you get to know that someone is constantly watching over you while you are normally living your private life? If you feel like your private info is really private over the internet then give it a second thought! That’s a big NO!
then who is this curious person interested in collecting your private data? – It’s the government.
specially US government intelligence – NSA(National Security Agency). I would never say any other countries intelligence is not doing that but the recent facts and truths revealed by whistleblowers like Edward snowden(Worked with NSA) and Julian assange(founder of Wikileaks) proves that US government is poking its nose in each and every corner of the world to collect as much information as possible.
They can reach everywhere including your smartphones, mobile networks, internet,mail service,chat service and can even watch you from the sky with the help of drones.In short, Any device which is connected to the internet can be spied upon.
They are operating a mass surveillance program and building each an every individual’s profile with his personal details, his likes and dislikes,hobbies,what he surfs over the internet in a closed room or whom he talks over the phone. They know more about you than your mother, your closest friend or your partner.
Edward Snowden, 29, who has worked for several U.S. intelligence agencies as a contractor, admitted to leaking the information about the U.S. government’s intelligence programs.
The Washington Post and the Guardian published top secret documents in June, 2013 about the NSA’s PRISM program. Here are some points that they published:
- PRISM was established in 2007 under the Bush administration and extended under Obama. It allegedly has access to live communications and stored data of users outside the U.S. and users within the U.S. communicating with others abroad. It operates under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA.)
- They say the NSA has direct access to user data of 9 Internet giants: Google, Facebook, Skype, Apple, YouTube, Yahoo, Aol, Microsoft and Paltalk. The NSA and Internet companies dispute the claim of direct access
- An NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP installs spyware on iPhones with a 100% success rate of intercepting SMS messages, contact lists, microphones and cameras, and tracking phones
- The NSA taps into telecommunications hubs around the world in order to collect, store and analyze 5 billion points of cellphone location data per day, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
- The government is spying on you through your phone and may even remotely turn on your camera and microphone when your phone is off.
- As one example, the NSA has inserted its code into Android’s operating system, bugging three-quarters of the world’s smartphones. Google – or the NSA – can remotely turn on your phone’s camera and recorder at any time.
What they have to say about it?
According to heritage.org, over 50 attacks on American soil have been prevented since 9-11 from the NSA using this surveillance program and many attack attempts have been foiled due to this mass surveillance program.
But to invade privacy of each individual without permission and violating terms and condition of each internet service we use doesn’t sound really good. personally I would never feel good if someone watches the picture or msg i just shared or if someone else is listening to my private talk over my personal phone line with my closed ones. Well, I leave it to you to decide whether it’s good to be spied upon for a vague reason or is it really bad!
“I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”
– EDWARD SNOWDEN