September 7, 2013
Google is in court arguing that it is not “a violation of privacy” to read private emails of users, construct specified profile on each individual user and sell that data to advertising corporations.
This is because Google asserts that users do not have a “legitimate expectation of privacy.”
Google justifies this by claiming that when a user “voluntarily turns over [data] to third parties” they are allowing that corporation to use the information as they see fit.
Lorrie Cranor, director of privacy engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) pointed out that “the issue isn’t whether it’s a machine or human reading emails, but what could happen as a result of having your email read.”
After revelations leaked by Edward Snowden, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower, the idea is forming that free services are the problem and having user’s pay for Facebook, Google and other popular websites and search engines across the web would add protection to users from the evils of being spied on.
Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, has released details about the parameters by which the NSA has been trying to stay “ competitive in the spy-vs-spy world”.
The NSA has been using brute force hacking techniques to break into Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Secure Sockets Layer services (SSL) to destroy encryption protocols.
Through the discovery of mathematical equations to assist in weakening cryptographic systems, supportive experts claim that “such fundamental mathematical research doesn’t constitute back doors or other covert agendas.”
It is asserted that “the NSA has discovered ways to crack these systems that have not been discovered by the smartest researchers in academia and industry. But there’s no law against clever mathematicians creating new encryption schemes.”
Snowden explained that the NSA and the UK GCHQ “have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments.”
Spending $250 million annually, the NSA collects “vast amounts” of “exploitable” data.
The NSA paid certain corporations “compliance costs” for handing over private customer information to the PRISM program.
This information confirms that there is “a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA.”
Participants in the bribe-scheme called special source operations (SSO) are:
Yahoo justified their bribe payment as simply reimbursement “for costs to respond to compulsory legal process.”
Facebook would not acknowledge that they receive money from the NSA in exchange for data on customers and users.
Microsoft stated that the corporation “complies with court orders because it is legally ordered to, not because it is reimbursed for the work. We could have a more informed discussion of these issues if providers could share additional information, including aggregate statistics on the number of any national security orders they may receive.”
President Obama sat down with Chris Cuomo of CNN to talk about how the National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM program “can only work if the American people trust what’s going on. And what’s been clear since the disclosures that were made by Mr. Snowden is that people don’t have enough information and aren’t confident enough that, between all the safeguards and checks that we put in place within the executive branch, and the federal court oversight that takes place on the program, and congressional oversight, people are still concerned as to whether their e-mails are being read or their phone calls are being listened to.”
Obama said it was only an accident when the NSA “inadvertently, accidentally pulled the e-mails of some Americans in violation of their own rules, because of technical problems.”