Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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Why is this bad?
by Alex Hitech on Fri 7th Jun 2013 15:53 UTC
Alex Hitech
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I obviously think that total spying is not a bad thing. After all, this is for ours security. For yours and mine. Someone who does not cross the rules and laws will not be harmed by this spying. Only the criminals will. So be it.

Most of the outdoors murders in Israel, where I live, are now investigated based on the network of webcams that cover most of rural public areas. The result is obvious — drastic decline in number of outdoors crimes.

Spying to the right purposes is good. Public security is the right purpose — hence it justifies intrusion into personal space.

One of the reason for Microsoft buying Skype was that we were unable to hack Skype's protocol. (At that time I was working in the group that implemented Network protocol parsers). Now we have the protocol description. Is it bad? Hell, no. The data collected by our survelliance is used against criminals and terrorists, not against ordinary users.

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