It’s been well over a year since the first revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden became public.
Though President Obama has called for reforms in his government’s mass surveillance polices, the one significant attempt to reform U.S. laws and end “bulk collection” of data– the USA Freedom Act — failed in November. And many privacy advocates warned that even that bill was far too limited to do much good or excite the public. With the PATRIOT Act, the law passed in the immediately aftermath of 9/11, up for renewal in 2015, there may be a larger debate about the tactics embraced by the NSA over the last decade and a half coming.
But for now, all that has changed is that we are slightly more informed about how governments may be spying on us.
Will we just give in to an “aquarium” life and a perverse definition of “privacy”? Watch our Mikko Hypponen’s latest talk “The Internet is On Fire” and see if you’re ready to grab the microphone.
How have the Snowden revelations changed your views about privacy?
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