It’s been 2 years since American NSA (National Security Agency) employee Edward Snowden took and revealed hundreds of files to the media about US mass surveillance programs. Snowden actions made headlines worldwide – and ever since driven changes in the way federal government spy on general public.
The whistleblower Edward Snowden has confined a new op-ed rejoicing recent improvements of the National Security Administration. American President Barack Hussain Obama this week singed on NSA mass surveillance reforms and tighter limitations for the NSA, barring the organization from massive collection and storage of US mobile phone data.
Edward Snowden, the person who disclosed these practices to the people, got invited on NYT (New York Times) Friday where he appreciated the efforts of USA President and Congress as a “profound” success, plus “a historic success for the rights of general public.” Still, Snowden considers surveillance reform has to cover a long way to implement.
Snowden, turnout to be the most popular men on the globe because NO ONE CARES regarding surveillance and privacy, wrote in his blog post:
In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.
This is the power of an informed public.
Ending the mass surveillance of private phone calls under the Patriot Act is a historic victory for the rights of every citizen, but it is only the latest product of a change in global awareness. Since 2013, institutions across Europe have ruled similar laws and operations illegal and imposed new restrictions on future activities. The United Nations declared mass surveillance an unambiguous violation of human rights. In Latin America, the efforts of citizens in Brazil led to the Marco Civil, an Internet Bill of Rights. Recognizing the critical role of informed citizens in correcting the excesses of government, the Council of Europe called for new laws to protect whistle-blowers.
Snowden also summarized that there is been a technical reaction too, with firms from Google to Apple claiming on encryption for consumers to safeguard them from snooping eyes. That is correct – even online products users and service subscribers are becoming security-conscious.
The verdict is, shit has transformed, and it is still transforming. And that is because folks actually care a lot regarding shielding their online privacy now. It curiosities them out that they are under snooping eyes. And they wanna end it.
Snowden said, “Technologists have worked tirelessly to re-engineer the security of the devices that surround us, along with the language of the Internet itself. Secret flaws in critical infrastructure that had been exploited by governments to facilitate mass surveillance have been detected and corrected.”
He cautioned, “As you read this online, the United States government makes a note.”
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