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The NSA scandal: Right or wrong?

The founder of the world’s biggest marketing services company, Sir Martin Sorrell, has said he believes revelations about the National Security Agency’s Prism internet surveillance programme are a “game changer” that will spark a fundamental rethink of web privacy by web users, writes The Guardian.

“I think Prism and what’s happening in the US will have a very significant impact, I think it is game changing … I think the privacy issue is going to be raised to a new level by this. It will alter people’s views on privacy, even younger people.”

In a blog post Danvers Baillieu, co-founder of Bootlaw and COO of Privax the company behind privacy software Hidemyass.com, condemns official surveillance and calls it at best immoral, and at worst, illegal. What do you think?

For those unaware, in the past 24 hours there has been a big revelation that The National Security Agency have direct access to the servers of the biggest web firms, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype and Apple. This puts millions of users’ private data at the hands of the US military. The news surrounding this is still breaking and the BBC has a good overview of what is currently being published by various papers.

From what has been reported so far, the NSA’s PRISM program proves that everyone’s fears about government surveillance of internet activity are entirely justified. This is government snooping on an unprecedented and militarised scale. Initial responses from the Obama administration and intelligence services have failed to justify what is a breach of our fundamental rights to privacy. Guilty until proven innocent should never be the government response to internet users and we passionately condemn official surveillance that is at best, immoral, and at worst, illegal.

This is further evidence of the sheer amount of personal information that can be accessed by governments and ISPs online. In an environment where violations of privacy are becoming routine, it is vital for internet users to encrypt their connection and protect themselves from unwanted monitoring.

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