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You can also check out this new video from filmmaker Brian Knappenberger writer and director of We Are Legion: the Story of the Hacktivists :. But you also need to be prepared to respond to the common refrains of folks confused, nonplussed, or simply exhausted from the headlines.
There are a few ways to respond to this, depending on what you think will work best for the person raising the question. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been saying this for a long time. Some people believe that the government will never abuse its power, especially when the party they support is in office. You should remind these people that the government has a long history of overstretching its surveillance powers and using that information to try to blackmail people.
Imagine how Sen. We already have evidence of abuse of power. We know that the NSA analysts were using their surveillance powers to track their ex-wives and husbandsand other love interests. And those are just self-reported abuses. An independent investigation might reveal even more. Stopping untargeted seizure of information is one of the key reasons we fought the War of Independence and drafted the Fourth Amendment. During colonial times, the "crime" was tax evasion—remember the Boston Tea Party? American Adult want nsa Monitor James Otis Jr. Since that time, warrants have had to specify the persons and places searched.
Mass surveillance by the NSA does neither. Kids today or my friends post Adult want nsa Monitor they do on Facebook or Twitter, why should we care if the government can see too? What people choose to put on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Tumblr or some other service is almost always curated. People put the best or sometimes the worst things that happen to them online, but studies show they still keep things private, and restrict the audience for other information.
A new poll shows young people may even be more privacy conscious than older adults. We all know someone whose Facebook feed continued to show happy pictures even as they went through a terrible breakup or divorce. The point of privacy is control over the information that is available about you.
Some people choose to share more, some choose to share less, but nearly everyone wants the power to pick and choose what information is available about them to their friends and to strangers, like future employers or NSA agents. There are many privacy problems with how the giant Internet companies gather and use so much of your personal data. However, Google and Facebook do not have the power to arrest you and, unlike government surveillance, there are other choices for communication tools. For example, you can use DuckDuckGo instead of Google search.
Remember: while we may not like how companies collect a lot of our information, they are not under the same requirement to follow the Fourth Amendment. We need to protect the private information held by companies too, but the Constitution provides a foundation that always protects our communications from the prying eyes of government. This "metadata" can be as invasive as the content of your conversations. Additionally, the government is getting more than just metadata. We also know the government has obtained online content, includingunder separate programs, and used the data based on a guess that you are 51 percent likely to be foreign, by scanning large a portion of the total of s entering and exiting the United States.
Metadata is only a part of the government spying programs. Actually there is plenty you can do! First, the over half-million others and our petition at stopwatching.
Then call your representative Adult want nsa Monitor Congress—there are bills going through Congress right now that could curtail some of this spying and bring real transparency and ability to the NSA. But one of the most important things you can do is explain why this issue is important to friends and family. So please share this guide widely. All of us deserve basic protection against government searches and seizures that the Constitution provides, including requiring law enforcement to get a warrant before it can access our communications.
But currently, the FBI has a backdoor into our communications, a loophole, that Congress can and should close. This week, Congress will Below is a message from whistleblower Edward Snowden. EFF is grateful to Ed for his support in HOPE is a diverse hacker event that has drawn thousands of tinkerers, security researchers, activists, artists, and makers since In a departure from the infamous Congress considered With federal agencies set to run out of money this week, House lawmakers today passed a short-term funding bill that contained a nasty surprise.
EFF Lists. Electronic Frontier Foundation. Commentary by Cindy Cohn and Trevor Timm. You can also check out Adult want nsa Monitor new video from filmmaker Brian Knappenberger writer and director of We Are Legion: the Story of the Hacktivists : Note: clicking this thumbnail will take you to the New York Times' website. I have nothing to hide from the government, so why should I worry? There are so many laws and regulations on the books, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said the Congressional Research Service did not have the resources to count them all. One legal expert has argued that the average person likely commits three felonies a day without ever realizing.
So, you may be technically breaking a law you have no idea about. We all benefit from a system that allows privacy. For example, when journalists can speak to sources without the specter of surveillance, helping fuel investigative journalism and the free flow of information. And this is not just a hypothetical—the Department of Justice subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press journalists in an effort to track down government whistleblowers. Activists, political organizers, lawyers, individuals conducting sensitive research, businesses that want to keep their strategies confidential, and many others rely on secure, private, surveillance-free communication.
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