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Kareem Fahim


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Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?

'Top secret PRISM program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple'

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.


Well, all of us already knew so I don't think it has surprised anyone... but I'd like to know opinions of TED community, are you comfortable with fact that USA Gov. is continuously collecting your personal data?

@People who say 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oAKtBpdZSw


Closing Statement from Kareem Fahim

Majority of people are annoyed by this 'data collection'. Western Govs., defenders of 'freedom' 'democracy' and 'input_word' are mere bunch of hypocrites. Although it is shocking how some people are defending NSA and these faceless entities... (maybe they are 'trolls' or NSA paid users...).

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    Jun 14 2013: No, I'm not comfortable with the fact that I was and am still being monitored by the US Government and information about my online activity is being collected as 'metadata' and stored on NSA's Servers. It's absolutely an inconsiderate and heinous move by the US Government and the NSA and there are no words to describe how robbed the people now feel, of their online privacy. The current Obama Administration is exactly similar to the past two Bush Administrations, looking at how it's policies and actions are being greeted with heavy criticism and uproar.

    Promising that USPERs are not their targets and that only 'foreign traffic' in and out of US Servers are being scanned for suspected behaviours, the Government is making a fool out of itself. How about the news that the Government is using some provision is the Patriot Act to tap Verizon's phone network? Now that NSA is snooping on 9 major tech companies' servers and though these companies have vehemently denied giving access to their data, what little bit of privacy is left for the individual to use?

    This has been happening since 2007 and without Snowden, this wouldn't have reached the people of the world and the US Government would have continued to merrily access each and every individual's moves on the Internet. Though the collection and tracking procedure involving such huge amounts of data should be exhaustive and humongous, nothing will deter NSA from doing that.

    What lies ahead for the future of PRISM and individual privacy, no one can take a guess as of now.

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